European Parliament denounces 'attack' on democracy
The elected Greek Eva Kaili is in trouble.
'European democracy is under attack': European Parliament President Roberta Metsola on Monday forcefully promised to reform the institution rocked by an alleged corruption scandal involving Qatar.
Belgian police raided the premises of Parliament in Brussels on Monday after the incarceration of Greek elected representative Eva Kaili on Sunday.
This socialist MEP, who occupies one of the 14 vice-presidencies, is suspected of having been paid by Doha to defend the interests of the emirate which currently hosts the World Cup. Three other people were imprisoned in this investigation.
The sums seized during the 20 searches carried out to date are spectacular: 600,000 euros at the home of one of the suspects, several hundred thousand euros in a suitcase in a hotel room Brussels and around 150,000 euros in an apartment belonging to an MEP, according to the count of the federal prosecutor's office.
Roberta Metsola expressed fury, anger and sadness in the hemicycle of Strasbourg Monday afternoon. There will be no impunity […] nothing will be swept under the rug, she promised, announcing an internal investigation to examine all facts related to the European Parliament and ensure that the x27;institution improves its procedures.
We will launch a reform process to see who has access to our premises, how these organizations, NGOs and people are financed, what links they have with third countries, we will ask for more transparency on meetings with foreign actors, promised Ms. Metsola.
Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, announced the launch of an internal investigation following the alleged corruption case.
As of Saturday evening, Eva Kaili s' was seen withdrawing all the tasks delegated by President Roberta Metsola, including that of representing her in the Middle East region. On Tuesday morning, the Conference of Presidents, the political body of the European Parliament, should launch the procedure to vote on the withdrawal of her position as Vice-President for serious misconduct.
Excluded from the Greek Socialist Party (Pasok-Kinal) of which she was already a controversial figure, but also on Monday from her political group in the European Parliament (S&D, left), Eva Kaili did not benefit from her parliamentary immunity, because the offense was found in flagrante delicto. Bags of banknotes were discovered in his apartment.
Whether or not he should be kept in detention, like that of the three other people imprisoned, will be examined on Wednesday before the Brussels council chamber.< /p>
Many European politicians have reacted to the remand in custody of Greek Socialist MEP Eva Kaili.< /p>
His assets were also frozen on Monday by the Greek Anti-Money Laundering Authority.
These allegations are extremely concerning. It is a question of trust in the people at the heart of our institutions, reacted the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, recalling having proposed the creation of an independent authority on questions of ;ethics.
Doha has denied being involved in corruption attempts. Any allegations of misconduct by the State of Qatar are seriously misinformation, a Qatari government official said on Saturday.
Coincidence of timing, the European Parliament was to consider visa facilitation for Kuwait and Qatar. The subject has been removed from the agenda. And the debate scheduled for Wednesday on defending democracies against foreign interference promises to be heated.
We must stand firm against corruption, called for Iratxe Garcia Perez, president of the S&D group which included Eva Kaili.
“We won't let our work get dirty, we won't let this Parliament get dirty, we won't let Europe get dirty. »
— French Stéphane Séjourné, president of the Renew group (centrists and liberals)
44-year-old former television presenter, Eva Kaili, MEP since 2014 and elected in January 2022 to one of the vice-presidencies of the European Parliament, went to Qatar in early November where she greeted, in the presence of the Qatari Minister of Labor, the reforms of the emirate in this sector.
Eva Kaili has met the Qatari Labor Minister, Al Marri, on October 31.
Qatar's organization of the World Cup bears witness to the historic transformation of a country whose reforms have inspired the Arab world, Ms. Kaili also said on November 21 from the rostrum of Parliament.
The new affair seems to have amused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Hello to the European Parliament!, he quipped on Twitter as his country was singled out by the European institutions for its level of corruption.