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Alleged corruption by Qatar in the European Parliament, “very serious” suspicions for Ursula von der Leyen

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His reaction was expected. Suspicions of corruption within the European Parliament are “very serious”said Monday, December 12 the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Qatar suspected of corruption in the European Parliament: understand everything about the investigation that agitates Brussels

“These allegations are extremely concerning. It is a matter of trust in the people at the heart of our institutions. This trust presupposes high standards of independence and integrity”she said, recalling having proposed the creation of“an independent authority” on ethical issues in EU institutions.

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The European Parliament in shock

The European Parliament was in shock on Monday, forced to react strongly after the imprisonment of the elected Greek Eva Kaili, a vice-president, charged with corruption in a case linked to Qatar which threatens to tarnish the image of the institution.

Eva Kaili and three other people were imprisoned in Brussels on Sunday, two days after being arrested as part of an investigation into large payments of money allegedly made by the host country of the World Cup-2022 to influence European policy .

“These allegations are extremely concerning. It is a matter 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 a “independent authority” on ethical issues.

The President of the Parliament, the Maltese Roberta Metsola, must speak at 5 p.m. at the opening of the monthly plenary session bringing together all the MEPs in Strasbourg.

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A meeting of the presidents of political groups has been convened to discuss this Belgian judicial investigation unveiled on Friday, according to two sources in the European Parliament.

Bags of banknotes discovered

Eva Kaili did not benefit from her parliamentary immunity because the offense was found ” in the act “explained a Belgian judicial source, specifying that “bags of tickets” were discovered in the apartment of the elected Greek socialist.

The council chamber will have to rule on his continued detention, as on that of the three other people imprisoned, within five days.

Doha has denied being involved in corruption attempts. “Any allegation of misconduct by the State of Qatar is seriously misinformation”a Qatari government official said on Saturday.

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The European Parliament is in any case shaken.

The head of French diplomacy, Catherine Colonna, wished that “all light be shed” on this case “which seems to be particularly serious”.

Eva Kaili, a controversial personality

Former television presenter aged 44, 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 Minister Qatari Labor, the emirate’s reforms in this sector.

The organization of the World Cup by Qatar bears witness to the “historic transformation of a country whose reforms have inspired the Arab world”Eva Kaili also said on November 21 at the rostrum of Parliament.

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Eva Kaili was expelled on Friday evening from the Greek Socialist Party (Pasok-Kinal) of which she was already a controversial figure. His assets were frozen on Monday by the Greek Anti-Money Laundering Authority.

Eva Kaili had seen herself on Saturday evening withdraw all the tasks delegated by President Roberta Metsola, including that of representing her in the Middle East region.

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