Charles Michel: Corruption Scandal Prevents Brussels From Tackling Crises

According to European Council President Charles Michel, the corruption scandal in the European Parliament undermines trust in the European Union and prevents Brussels from dealing with crises such as the economic and energy crises.

« First and foremost, we must learn from this and propose a package of measures to avoid such things in the future – to prevent corruption, » he said.

Michel also said that the scandal « makes it even more difficult for us to focus on the economic and energy crises that are affecting the lives of European citizens right now ».

Belgian police and prosecutors detained and searched several people in Brussels, the home of the European Parliament, in early December as part of an investigation into suspected corruption related to the World Cup in Qatar. The police have detained Greek politician Eva Kaili, the vice-president of the European Parliament, and her partner, and searched their home.

The case involves the assumption of receiving « large cash payments » and « expensive gifts » in exchange for supporting Qatar’s bid to host the World Cup.

source: reuters.com

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