PES: there must be zero tolerance for corruption

PES: there must be zero tolerance for corruption

European Parliament, Brussels. Image © European Union 2021 - Source : EP

The PES is appalled by allegations of corruption in the European institutions, as reported by Belgian media. A full and thorough investigation must take place into claims that foreign actors are illicitly lobbying EU institutions, including through individual members of the European Parliament and individual staff members, a trade union leader, and the president of an NGO.

PES President Stefan Löfven said:

“Corruption is never, ever acceptable. The PES will always be committed to the fight against all forms of corruption.

“We are horrified by the allegations made regarding corruption in the European institutions. What has been alleged is very serious and we want to see a thorough investigation. There must be zero tolerance for corruption.” 

The PES fully supports the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament and its decision to suspend MEP Eva Kaili’s membership of the Group in response to the ongoing investigations, and her immediate suspension by PASOK – Movement for Change over the allegations. The statement from PASOK can be found on the PASOK website (in Greek) and the statement from the S&D Group is available on the Group websiteAdditionally, the PES supports the declaration today by the S&D Group which sets out the further actions it is taking.

PES Executive Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck said:

“The PES political family is determined to stamp out corruption. Working alongside our member parties, we are committed to doing this in every member state and at all political levels.”