2020. 06. 19.
The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the investigation against the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on the misuse of EU funds and potential conflicts of interest. In doing so, the European Parliament is vehemently challenging the sovereignty of a Member State, the Czech Republic, when ruling on the alleged financial misconduct of companies in which the Czech Prime Minister has an interest and the alleged conflict of interest of the Prime Minister before the end of an ongoing investigation.
The motion for resolution by the European Parliament on “The reopening of the investigation against the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on the misuse of EU funds and potential conflicts of interest” disregards a Member State’s sovereignty, the presumption of innocence and the principle of due process in order to make a clear and targeted political attack on a Member State.
The allegations in the text also include points that have not been proven and are based on rumors and leaks. The decision itself states that “the Commission’s investigation is still ongoing.” This sets a dangerous precedent for the European Parliament to launch a personal attack on the head of government of an EU Member State based on politically motivated rumors. This procedure destroys the prestige of the European Parliament and undermines the framework for trust-based cooperation between the institution and Member States.
The Fidesz-KDNP Delegation to the European Parliament opposes, on principle and on a procedural basis, a resolution that is politically biased, grossly violates the sovereignty of an EU Member State and condemns a democratically elected government and its prime minister, even though the investigation into the alleged abuses has not yet been closed. It is unacceptable for the European Parliament to interfere in an independent inquiry for political reasons. Such decisions by the European Parliament constitute a breach of the rule of law.