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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Negotiations with Council and Commission on European Parliament's right of inquiry: legislative proposal (debate)

  Diane James, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Mr President, well if proof was ever needed that the EU parliament is merely window—dressing for the so-called EU democracy, we have it here. If democracy is going to be meaningful then the elected representatives, the MEPs, my colleagues here in the Chamber must be allowed to call into question anything that reasonably affects those they represent. The right of inquiry should have legal standing, or else what is the point?

It demonstrates that this Chamber is nothing more than a puppet for those unelected officials in the Commission and the Council if that legal standing is not recognised and allowed to happen. It disturbs me but does not surprise me that the Council and the Commission are acting in an obstructive manner when it comes to transparency here in the European Parliament. Now if the European Union wonders why populace and Eurosceptics flourish, you have your answer before you. This is a major failing in democratic process.

Last updated: 9 July 2019Legal notice