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Corruption in the EU Parliament (FREE)

Today Michael talks about the corruption in the EU Parliament. This is a FREE article

Since I first wrote in this column about corruption in the European Parliament, I have received more information showing how the EU legislative process is manipulated.

“EU corruption scandal exposes lobbying loopholes.”

“Police search European parliament offices as bribery inquiry grows. – Manon Aubry of the left-wing GUE group dubbed the scandal the “most serious” in the parliament’s history. “Our democracy is not for sale,” she declared.”  She should ask the Belgian police to inquire into how it was possible for someone in the Environment Committee of the Parliament to slip a ban on “oxo-degradable plastic” into the SUP Directive without any dossier from the European Chemicals Agency, as required by Art. 69 of the REACH Regulation.

EU chief says there will be ‘no impunity’ amid corruption probe

“This affair is “shameful and intolerable” and “very seriously” damages the Parliament’s reputation, EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Sunday. If it were confirmed that someone took money to try to influence the opinion of the European Parliament, it will really be one of the most dramatic stories of corruption in recent
years,” he added.

EU Parliament vice-president Eva Kaili in custody for alleged ‘bags of cash from Qatar’

“At least five arrests, several EU countries involved, “bags of cash.”

Brussels rocked – EU Parliament Vice-President arrested in alleged Qatar corruption scandal

“IT-resources of 10 parliamentary employees have been “frozen” to prevent the disappearance of data necessary for the investigation.”

EU corruption scandal puts democracy under attack – European Parliament head

“Europe’s most powerful political group has been raided by police over an alleged kick-back scheme in the last EU elections.”  “The HQ of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), situated at the Rue du Commerce in the heart of the EU district in Brussels, saw Belgian and German police sweep in unexpectedly at 9AM on Tuesday (4 April) morning.”

Police raid top EU political group HQ in bribery probe

Michael Stephen

Michael Stephen is a lawyer and was a member of the United Kingdom Parliament, where he served on the Environment Select Committee. When he left Parliament Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc. attracted his attention because of his interest in the environment. He is now Deputy Chairman of Symphony, which is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, and is the founder and Chairman of the Biodegradable Plastics Association.

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