Following the horrible train accident in Greece, the EPP Group has decided not to participate in the mission of Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, that starts there today. “It is inappropriate and insensitive”, say Group Chairman Manfred Weber MEP and Jeroen Lenaers MEP, Spokesman for the Group in the committee.
An unspeakable tragedy took place in Greece last week. “The country is in shock. The Greek people are mourning a great loss. These are not the circumstances to organise an EP mission that could easily be postponed to a later date”, Weber said.
The EPP Group has requested to postpone the mission following the Greek authorities’ appeal to reconsider the mission. “It is extremely disappointing that the Left Groups are so blinded by their dislike of certain governments that they lose sight of the most basic level of respect and humanity”, Lenaers continued.
“The only delegation that Parliament should send following this tragedy is to show our respect to the families of the victims and to offer our support to the Greek authorities,” the EPP Group Members said.
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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 176 Members from all EU Member States