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European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, imposes sanctions unprecedented in severity on MEP who offended women

Press Release
Strasbourg
14-03-2017

President Tajani opened the voting session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg announcing the decision to punish Janusz Korwin-Mikke MEP for his declarations against gender equality.

President Tajani imposed sanctions unprecedented in severity: the Member will forfeit the daily subsistence allowance for thirty days, will be suspended from parliamentary activities for ten days and be prohibited from representing the Parliament for one year.

The severity of punishment is commensurate with the gravity of the offence. All women were offended with an attack on gender equality during the course of a debate in plenary chaired by a woman on a subject related to women.

President Tajani declared:

“I will not tolerate such behaviour, in particular when it comes from someone who is expected to discharge his duties as a representative of the peoples of Europe with due dignity. By offending all women, the MEP displayed contempt for our most fundamental values.

It is because of this that I immediately opened an inquiry into the matter that I brought to a swift conclusion, imposing a penalty commensurate with the gravity of the offence.”

The President also wanted to extend his apologies to anyone who was hurt or offended by the MEP’s outburst, emphasising that such behaviour will never be permitted.

For further information:

europarl.president.press@europarl.europa.eu