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MEP Eva Kaili stripped of her post as vice-president of the European Parliament

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The European Parliament on Tuesday, December 13, forfeited her position as Vice-President Eva Kaili, the MEP implicated in an alleged corruption scandal involving Qatar, a first step before a reform of the institution deemed essential.

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This penalty for ” serious misconduct “ was approved almost unanimously by the MEPs present in Strasbourg in plenary session, i.e. 625 votes in favor out of 628 cast, one against and two abstentions.

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At the heart of the scandal that is shaking the European institutions, Eva Kaili occupied one of the 14 vice-presidencies of the Parliament. The elected Greek socialist imprisoned in Belgium on Sunday is suspected of having been paid by Doha to defend the interests of the emirate which currently hosts the Football World Cup. Three other people were imprisoned in this investigation led by a Belgian investigating judge.

The credibility of the European Parliament damaged

Eva Kaili’s lawyer assured Tuesday that she had not accepted any “Qatar bribe”. “Her position is that she is innocent. She has nothing to do with Qatar bribes”said M.e Michalis Dimitrakopoulos on Greek television. But bags of tickets were discovered in his apartment in the Belgian capital. She did not benefit from her parliamentary immunity because the offense was found in flagrante delicto.

The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office announced a total of hundreds of thousands of euros seized, in three different places, from three suspects, during the 20 searches already carried out. The police also inspected the premises of the Parliament in Brussels on Monday to seize data from parliamentary collaborators.

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The scandal threatens the credibility of the entire European Parliament, an assembly often at the forefront of denouncing the corrupt practices of certain countries, including within the EU, such as Viktor Orban’s Hungary recently.

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Roberta Metsola expressed on Monday “fury, anger and sadness”announcing a “internal investigation” to examine all the facts as well as a thorough review of the institution’s procedures.

“The European Parliament will launch a process of internal reform to ensure that transparency and accountability are enhanced”, promised the presidents of the different political groups, in a joint press release. They mentioned “strengthening Parliament’s rules regarding access to its premises and meetings” and more transparency and control over “the financing of organizations and people” having such access.

Several elected officials wanted to see the European Commission’s proposal for“an independent authority” on ethical issues in EU institutions.

A controversial figure in Greece

Former television presenter aged 44, Eva Kaili, MEP since 2014, went to Qatar in early November where she welcomed, in the presence of the Qatari Minister of Labor, the social reforms of the emirate.

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She has already been expelled in recent days from the Greek Socialist Party (Pasok-Kinal) of which she was a controversial figure as well as from the S&D group. His assets have been frozen by the Greek Anti-Money Laundering Authority.

Whether or not he remains in detention, like that of the three other people imprisoned, will be examined on Wednesday by the Belgian courts.

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