In light of the ongoing criminal investigations into a corrupt network of individual Members and assistants in the European Parliament (EP), the EPP Group is extremely concerned about the integrity of the foreign policy positions of the EP, as expressed in the urgency resolutions.
Before we can establish with certainty that the integrity of the procedure and the network does not remain compromised by third countries like Qatar, we should stop all work on the urgency resolutions.
We simply cannot continue with our business as usual.
We must take bold and radical decisions to stop the damage of this corrupt network of individual Members and assistants from spreading further into our parliamentary work.
The EPP Group has therefore decided that it will not take part in any preparation, negotiation or plenary debates and votes in the context of the urgency resolutions.
This decision will apply until further notice, has immediate effect and will be announced in plenary ahead of the votes on the urgency resolutions on Thursday 15 December.
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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 176 Members from all EU Member States