Hello to the European Parliament! Orban Taunts Brussels Entangled in a Corruption Scandal

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Hello to the European Parliament! Orban taunts Brussels entangled in a corruption scandal


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban did not remain silent in the face of the corruption scandal which has struck the European Parliament, always quick to report what he considers to be violations of the rule of law by Budapest.

‘Hello to the European Parliament!’: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban split a big-boiled tweet on December 12, ironing about the vast corruption scandal that affects the European Parliament with a even from a 1981 photo where we see former American presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush laughing loudly, ‘And there, they said they were deeply concerned about corruption in Hungary.’

This dig by the Hungarian leader occurs while Budapest is under the threat of the freezing of several billion euros of European Union funds due to reforms deemed insufficient against corruption.

Parliament is at the forefront of this issue and regularly calls on the Commission to be firm. In this context, Brussels maintained its recommendation of a blockage of 7.5 billion on December 9. It is up to the Member States to decide before 19 December to validate this proposal, reject it or modify the amount.

The European executive, which a few weeks ago seemed to favor a conciliatory approach towards Hungary, bowed under ‘the enormous political pressure’ of the Strasbourg Parliament and recently judged Budapest, who therefore rejoiced in the weekend news.

The vice-president of the institution, the Greek socialist Eva Kaili, was charged with « ‘corruption’ and imprisoned in Brussels on December 11 in the investigation of a Belgian judge into large payments allegedly made by Qatar to influence decisions. ‘In summary, the group of the progressive alliance has fabricated lies about corruption in Hungary for years, and now their figurehead […] is involved in the biggest scandal in the history of the EU’, commented Balazs Hidveghi, a MEP from Viktor Orban’s party on Twitter. ‘A fine example of hypocrisy’, he castigated.




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1 Comment on Hello to the European Parliament! Orban Taunts Brussels Entangled in a Corruption Scandal

  1. Corruption : un coût de près de 1 000 milliards d’euros par an pour l’UE
    Par : Louise Rozès Moscovenko | EURACTIV France
    19 nov. 2020

    Alors que le monde s’apprête à connaître l’une des pires récessions économiques de son histoire, les chiffres des coûts de la corruption au sein de l’Union européenne donnent le vertige. Jusqu’à 990 milliards d’euros sont ainsi perdus chaque année, l’équivalent de 6,3 % du PIB de l’UE.

    Près de 1 000 milliards d’euros. C’est ce que représente l’impact de la corruption à l’échelle européenne, soit 6,3 % du PIB du bloc, selon la fourchette haute des chiffres du Parlement européen. A minima, cet impact est évalué à 179 milliards d’euros chaque année. Un rapport du think tank Le Club des juristes, publié jeudi (19 novembre), plaide pour la mise en place de nouvelles mesures afin de pallier ce problème et améliorer le droit européen en matière de corruption.


    Avantage concurrentiel des États-Unis

    Mais l’enjeu est également géopolitique. En France, le cas d’Alstom notamment avait montré l‘avantage que donnait la loi américaine de 1977, le Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), votée à la suite du scandale du Watergate.

    Une loi qui a la particularité d’être extraterritoriale. (…)

    Avec cet outil juridique, Washington n’a eu de cesse d’adopter une politique commerciale très agressive.

    Entre 2008 et 2018, sur les 26 plus lourdes condamnations pour corruption prononcées au titre du FCPA, 14 concernent des entreprises européennes, pour un montant total de 5,34 milliards d’euros, soit 60 % du total des amendes, et cinq seulement des sociétés américaines.(…)

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