Sweden keeps its EU Parliament seats

Sweden will keep its 20 representatives in the European Parliament. The total number of seats in the EU's lawmaking body has shrunk, plus space has to be made for new member Croatia.

Austria had wanted to be awarded one of Sweden's seats, but this proposal was defeated by 418 votes to 174 in the parliament itself on Wednesday.

The decision will still have to be given the green light by the EU states' governments.

The EU parliament also exercised its veto right and demand a renegotiation of the EU long-term budget, that was agreed on by the EU governments in February.

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