Momentum MEP Katalin Cseh should be immediately recalled from her position of European parliamentary rapporteur over her link to a fraud case involving EU funds, ruling Fidesz’s MEP group said on Thursday.
In a letter sent to MEPs, Tamás Deutsch, head of Fidesz’s EP delegation, said Cseh, who is responsible for the EP’s report on the fight against fraud involving EU funds, was herself “the subject of a fraud case involving EU funds”.
“The only acceptable move to preserve the European Parliament’s remaining credibility would be the immediate recall of Katalin Cseh as rapporteur,” Deutsch said.
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He said that while the Hungarian left was accusing ruling party politicians, business people and family members of public officials of corruption, Cseh had been put in charge of an anti-fraud report while being linked to a fraud case concerning EU funds and being under investigation by national and EU authorities.
The fact that the person responsible for the EP report on the fight against fraud involving EU funds is “the subject of a fraud case involving EU funds” not only reflects poorly on Renew Europe, Momentum’s EP group, but it also “seriously undermines the already shattered reputation of the European Parliament and the European Union”, Deutsch said.
Bi-weekly The Parliament Magazine elected Momentum MEP Katalin Cseh and Socialist István Ujhelyi MEPs of the year.
Cseh won the award for her work on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ujhelyi won in the category Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, for his work in introducing the free InterRail programme and for supporting tourism during the pandemic.
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