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MEP Tomáš Zdechovský: ‘Morocco Is One of EU’s Most Stable and Powerful Partners’

MEP Tomáš Zdechovský: ‘Morocco Is One of EU’s Most Stable and Powerful Partners’

European Union Bulletin has spoken with the Member of the European Parliament Tomáš Zdechovský about how the European Union could help solve the ongoing crisis between Spain and Morocco. As one of the MEPs who last Thursday (10 June) refused to join a resolution against Morocco during an European Parliament session in Strasbourg, the Czech politician said in a statement that he “found it difficult to support this resolution and I voted against it. … This resolution is counterproductive for the relationship between Morocco and Spain.”

Several MEPs reject controversial resolution on Morocco

Several MEPs reject controversial resolution on Morocco

MEPs from different political groups on Thursday stood up in Strasbourg against the initiative of some of their colleagues to pass a resolution hostile to Morocco. This controversial resolution, which has divided the European Parliament since it did not gain the expected support, was boycotted by more than half of the members of the Parliament who considered inopportune and reckless to antagonize Morocco, an important partner for the European Union. “I found it difficult to support this resolution and I voted against it. I’m not sure it should be taken seriously because it is based on fakenews,” said Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský in a statement.

Returning MEPs settle for Strasbourg lite

Returning MEPs settle for Strasbourg lite

STRASBOURG — After 15 months away due to the pandemic, MEPs finally returned to Strasbourg this week — only to discover the Alsatian city lacking its usual bite. With many MEPs and their assistants staying away and opportunities for debating, negotiating and socializing much diminished, everything felt rather pale and bland — a little like a plate of the city’s famous choucroute deprived of sausage and seasoning.

'You are very impolite': MEP Alex Agius Saliba gets a telling off

'You are very impolite': MEP Alex Agius Saliba gets a telling off

MEPs call for action in Czech PM conflict-of-interest case

MEPs call for action in Czech PM conflict-of-interest case

MEPs on Wednesday (19 May) called for the EU Commission and member states to take action over the conflict-of-interest case involving Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš. Last month, the commission published an audit into subsidies granted to the Agrofert business empire, founded by Babiš and still controlled by him - despite Babiš having put his assets into trust funds when he became PM.

Spain Embarrasses EU by Protecting Polisario Head Accused of Rape

Spain Embarrasses EU by Protecting Polisario Head Accused of Rape

On 23 April, Brahim Ghali the head of the separatist movement Polisario, was welcomed by Spain to receive treatment in a hospital in Logroño, under a false Algerian identity and with forged papers. He hoped through this subterfuge to escape Spanish justice since he has pending an arrest warrant issued against him in Spain for rape, genocide, terrorism, war crimes and other charges.

European Parliament members rebuke Spain for letting in Polisario leader facing rape charges

European Parliament members rebuke Spain for letting in Polisario leader facing rape charges

Members of the European parliament have denounced the Spanish decision to let in Polisario leader Ibrahim Ghali who faces charges of for war crimes, human rights abuses and rape. “‘I am wondering how is it possible that the authorities of #Spain allow the illegal entry with a false identity of a person Brahim Ghali accused of having committed acts of rape, especially against women? This is against our value and principle,” Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovsky said in a twit.

Backlash as EU 'zombie committee' demands £174 for attending online meetings - 'Cronyism!'

Backlash as EU 'zombie committee' demands £174 for attending online meetings - 'Cronyism!'

Clubhouse Leads Politicians on to Straight Talking

Clubhouse Leads Politicians on to Straight Talking

Ever fantasise about cosying up with your pets on the sofa and telling your favourite (or most hated) politician exactly what you think of their work? Perhaps it is still too soon to imagine yourself grilling Orbán through an app on your phone just yet, but maybe Clubhouse can soon make that dream a reality by revolutionising the way politicians and citizens communicate with one another.

‘We are not seeking an outright ban’ Šefčovič

‘We are not seeking an outright ban’ Šefčovič

The European Commission has today (24 March) adopted a revision of its export, transparency and authorization mechanism for vaccines. The new mechanism will add an assessment of reciprocity and proportionality to its existing mechanism.

EMA chief set to be grilled by MEPs on latest EU bid to boost sluggish vaccination rates

EMA chief set to be grilled by MEPs on latest EU bid to boost sluggish vaccination rates

Emer Cooke, the European Medicines Agency executive director, has been invited to an “exchange of views” to update deputies on the state of play of the evaluation and authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines.

U.S. Decision on Moroccan Sahara: Czech MEP Calls on EU to Support Positive Momentum

U.S. Decision on Moroccan Sahara: Czech MEP Calls on EU to Support Positive Momentum

The U.S. decision to recognize Morocco’s full sovereignty over its Saharan provinces continues to draw interest from European decision-makers and politicians.

EU Commissioner Johansson criticizes Frontex boss

EU Commissioner Johansson criticizes Frontex boss

Frontex boss Leggeri faces accusations on multiple fronts but his organization plays down criticism. Tomáš Zdechovský, a Czech MEP from the EPP group, said OLAF and Parliament were now undertaking “detailed scrutiny of the work of director Leggeri” but praised the agency chief’s response, which he contrasted with the work of the home affairs commissioner.

Okamura ordered to apologise for migrant-related comments on MEPs

Okamura ordered to apologise for migrant-related comments on MEPs

Tomio Okamura, the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) leader and a deputy head of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, has to apologise to MEP Tomas Zdechovsky and former MEP Pavel Svoboda for making untrue migrant-related comments on them, a Prague district court has ruled. Okamura should apologise to Zdechovsky and Svoboda (both Czech Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) in public for having said that they had voted in the EP for the EU to impose sanctions on the Czech Republic over its refusal to take in migrants. The ruling is not binding. Okamura insists that his statement was true and he is going to appeal the verdict.

Czech politicians across the spectrum welcome EU–UK post-Brexit trade deal

Czech politicians across the spectrum welcome EU–UK post-Brexit trade deal

Full details of the Christmas Eve deal are not yet clear, but politicians say it will benefit Czech businesses. Member of European Parliament Tomáš Zdechovský (KDU-ČSL), said the deal was important both for business and citizens. It guarantees most rights and chances to live, work and study to the citizens in Britain like before Brexit, he added.

Babis 'definitely' has conflict of interest – EC report

Babis 'definitely' has conflict of interest – EC report

According to the European Commission, the Czech Prime Minister should step down, or it will cost the country millions. Several MEPs including EPP CONT coordinator Tomas Zdechovsky said yesterday that the conclusions of a European Commission report confirm Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis's indeed has a conflict of interest, EC representatives told EP committee members yesterday.

MEPs appeal to High Representative Joseph Borell in support of the Kingdom of Morocco

MEPs appeal to High Representative Joseph Borell in support of the Kingdom of Morocco

A number of influential members of the European Parliament, representing the major political groups, including MEP Tomáš Zdechovský, have appealed to the High Representative, Joseph Borell, in support of the Kingdom of Morocco in its efforts to guarantee the free passage of goods and people in the demilitarised zone of Guerguerat, writes Gary Cartwright.

POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Whistleblower saga

POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Whistleblower saga

MEPs on the budgetary control committee on Tuesday urged the EU’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) to finally engage at the highest level to settle the 20-year-old case of Robert McCoy, a former internal auditor who told Parliament he has been severely harassed after he blew the whistle on “fraud and embezzlement” at the EU body (backstory from 2015 here). “When I look at this case, it reminds me of the American film ‘Groundhog Day’ where the protagonist becomes trapped in a time loop,” said Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský from the EPP, alluding to a years-long legal and institutional battle that followed McCoy’s accusations and never led to closure on the case.