Fidesz MEPs on Thursday expressed their firm support for the eradication of corruption in Brussels, which, they said, would only be possible through deep reforms.
In a statement sent to MTI, they called for meaningful change instead of self-monitoring institutions failing to meet the requirement of political independence, adding that this could only be achieved with the involvement of national parliaments.
Fidesz MEP Ernő Schaller-Baross said EU institutions were actively resisting the creation of any kind of rule-of-law control over them, rejecting the possibility of control from member states because this would threaten their powers and objectives. The creation of a new, independent ethics body can only be supported if it is established in full respect of the EU treaties while providing adequate powers to member states, he added.
“In the absence of these conditions, the EP’s initiative is just one of the steps that serve the power interests of the Union and the political aspirations of the European left,” Schaller-Baross added.
Fidesz MEP László Trócsányi said that a new ethics body must be capable of effective action against corruption, and for this it was essential that — in accordance with the EU founding treaties — it was truly independent organisationally, personally and in terms of its powers. Only a truly independent body established by the parliaments of member states could act effectively against corruption, Trócsányi argued.
Following up on earlier measures, members of the European Parliament (EP) on Thursday reiterated their determination to show “zero tolerance for corruption in any shape and at any level” in a resolution adopted at a plenary session in Strasbourg. They urged better implementation of the EP’s Code of Conduct, including financial sanctions in case of breaches, and a ban on any remunerated activities that could create a conflict of interest with an MEP’s mandate.
Our dear Politicians … this is for the domestic audience, no doubt, because anyone outside Hungary would be utterly astounded.
Hungary prominently on the “Countries to Watch” list!
So the leadership of EU’s most corrupt member state is lecturing the EU on the need of fighting corruption. Like Staller Ilona preaching chastity to a girls’ audience.
Those same MEPs are they also supporting eradication of corruption in Hungary? This is ridiculous. I can’t believe what I’m reading
In English we have a saying that this is like the pot calling the kettle black.
FIDESZ are strictly Christian, so I ask, he who is without sin, may cast the first stone!!
Deep anti-corruption reforms are badly (and urgently) needed HERE in our own backyard!
Don’t these FIDESZ MEPs realise that with statements like these, they just attract even more attention to the wide-ranging corruption happening here in our own country. Get that in order before you start on someone-else’s.
“Christians” DON’T steal from their own people, nor from anyone else.
There are times I even wonder just how “Christian” are the sitting members of the Christian Democratic People’s Party
Yes, when I read this article the first thing that came to mind was ‘pot calling the kettle black’. Classic!