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Monday, 5 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Women in decision making on company boards, including the state of play on the directive on improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges and related measures (debate)

  Katalin Cseh (Renew). – Madam President, this in my hand is the European Commission’s annual report on Hungary’s rule of law situation. It says that there is a systemic lack of determined action to investigate and prosecute corruption cases involving high—level officials or their immediate circles.

And this is the 2019 report of OLAF, the European Union’s anti—fraud body, which shows that financial irregularities in Hungary are ten times above the EU’s average. So what we have is that the European Union’s official position is that we have a Member State where corruption is off the charts, and there are basically no guarantees against the government pocketing EU taxpayers’ money.

So the question is obvious: when are we going to do something about it? When the rule of law is in danger, these projects should be directly managed by the Commission so that they reach the final beneficiaries, the small businesses, the civil society, those who need it the most.

Because let’s face it, words are not enough anymore. Let’s act. There is a pandemic raging around us. We need to help those who are in need.


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