EU corruption scandal – Parliament lifts the immunity of two MEPs

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In the course of the EU corruption scandal, the European Parliament has lifted the immunity of two MPs. Thursday’s move paves the way for investigations into Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella and Italy’s Andrea Cozzolino. Both politicians were until recently members of the Socialist Group.

The Belgian prosecutor’s office had requested that the immunity of the two be waived. Tarabella and Cozzolino insist they are innocent.

money for influence?
In the report of the competent committee, Cozzolino is suspected, among other things, of having reached an agreement in 2019 to oppose decisions in parliament that could harm the interests of certain states. He would have been paid for this.

The report of the Legal Commission on Tarabella states that the Belgian is suspected of having represented certain positions in the European Parliament in favor of a third country in the past two years. According to a witness statement, he received an estimated 120,000 to 140,000 euros for this.

Corruption scandal involving Eva Kaili
In December, the EU Parliament was rocked by the corruption scandal involving then Vice President Eva Kaili. She lost her job on suspicion of corruption. The judiciary has charged Kaili and other suspects, who are currently in custody, with involvement in a criminal organization, money laundering and corruption. It concerns alleged influence on political decisions by Qatar and Morocco.

Source: Krone

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