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Conflict-of-interest investigations of Czech PM Babiš: MEPs to ask for update 

MEPs expect the Commission to update Parliament on the ongoing EU investigations and on future measures to protect the EU’s financial interests.

On Wednesday afternoon, MEPs will debate with the Council and the Commission on the ongoing investigation into the conflict of interest of the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš who has, allegedly, misused his influence over many years to multiply his personal wealth through EU programmes.

The European Parliament will vote on a resolution to wind up the debate in a later session.

Background

The European Parliament has been calling for the situation in Czechia to be addressed since 2017. In December 2018, MEPs expressed deep concerns over the Czech Prime Minister’s links to the “Agrofert” Group, which has received large amounts of EU agricultural subsidies.

MEPs also regretted that the Commission has “remained passive for such a long time” despite “strong indications” since 2014 that Mr Babiš has been in a conflict of interest in his role as Minister of Finance and later as Prime Minister.

Council and Commission statements

2019/2987(RSP)

Debate: Wednesday 15 January

Vote will be held in February