Wednesday, March 23, 2011

European Socialists expelled from their group MEP for corruption charges

Group of European Socialists and Democrats today announced the exclusion of the Romanian MEP Adrian Severin, involved in the corruption scandal from all the posts that the loan and demanded his resignation as a member of the European Parliament (EP) parliamentary group said in a statement.

The statement stresses that this morning Severin sent a letter to the Chairman, which has announced his resignation from the group, and thus avoided being removed.

The Bureau urged the Romanian MEP European Parliament to leave immediately and return the mandate of the Romanian Social Democratic Party.

Mr. Severin has held senior positions in his country and internationally, so he knows well what it meant political and moral responsibility, "said the message of the parliamentary group leader Martin Schulz.

President of the Romanian Social Democratic Party Victor Ponta today said Severin should resign from the party and parliament, expressing confidence that the MEP was not a victim of conspiracy and of his own mistakes, citing Mediafax.

The European Parliament has already begun investigating the three MEPs accused have accepted bribes in exchange for lobbying for financial institutions.

Through investigative reporting British newspaper Sunday Times on Sunday alleged corrupt former Austrian Interior Minister Ernst Strasser, the former Foreign Minister of Romania Adrian Severin, former Slovenian Foreign Minister Zoran Thaler.

Strasser and Thaler also resigned on Monday.

Vice-President of the European parliament Diana Wallis told Agency France Press that it had received from British Journal of materials on the case to be analyzed. "Now the important thing for the European Parliament is to consider individual cases and broader implications for the institution," stated Wallis.

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