Brussels bureaucracy unlocks, opens Pandora’s Box

This is good news for Athens, as the immunity of Ioannis Lagos, a convicted MEP of directing the criminal organisation neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, will be waived. [European Parliament]

The European Parliament’s legal services gave the greenlight to the legal affairs committee to convene and assess some member states’ requests to lift the immunity of several MEPs.

The legal affairs committee deals with sensitive issues and therefore physical presence is needed in closed-door meetings. Due the COVID-19 pandemic, its members have not been able to meet so far. But the legal services have now given their green light to speed up procedures allowing the committee to have videoconferences.

This is good news for Athens, as the immunity of Ioannis Lagos, a convicted MEP of directing the criminal organisation neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, will be waived.

But before him, several other cases are pending such as the Catalan MEPs convicted in Spain of holding the 2017 illegal referendum on the independence of Catalonia from Spain.

EURACTIV was informed that there is no unanimity in the committee for this case, and this could cause a turmoil. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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