European Parliament in Luxembourg
The provisional arrangement was reiterated on 8 April 1965 with the Decision on the provisional location of certain institutions and departments of the Communities. This was following the Merger Treaty, which combined the executives of the three Communities into a single institutional structure. However with the merged executives, the Commission and most departments were grouped together in Brussels, rather than Luxembourg. To compensate Luxembourg for the loss, the agreement granted a city the right to host a number bodies, including the Secretariat of the Assembly (now of the Parliament).
Despite the 1965 agreement however, the Parliament's seat was a source of contention. Wishing to be closer to the activities in Brussels and Luxembourg, a few plenary sessions were held by the Parliament between 1967 and 1981 in Luxembourg instead of Strasbourg – against the wishes of France and in 1981 it returned to holding sessions entirely in Strasbourg.
There are a handful of buildings in Luxembourg used by the Parliament. The city hosts the Secretariat of the European Parliament (employing over 4000 people), mostly based in the Kirchberg district.
- "The seats of the institutions of the European Union". European NAvigator. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
- Map of EP Buildings in Luxembourg
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