As new suspects, two left-wing MEPs may lose their immunity
In the ongoing investigation, it appears that after 2019, Andrea Cozzolino is suspected of participating in an agreement, together with others, that involved protecting the interests of foreign states in the European Parliament.
Belgian federal prosecutors suspect Italian MEP Andrea Cozzolino of accepting money in exchange for blocking decisions that harmed the interests of non-EU countries, according to a document published by the European Parliament. All this is mentioned in one of the two reports that will be put to vote on Thursday, and which aims to deprive Mr Cozzolino and his fellow representative, Marc Tarabella, of their immunity. As the two lawmakers could be heavily involved in Brussels’ corruption scandal, authorities are investigating whether they had accepted any rewards from Morocco and Qatar.
The report on Mr Cozzolino reads:
“During the ongoing investigation, it appears that after 2019, Andrea Cozzolino is suspected of having participated in an agreement with other people which entailed collaborating in order to protect the interests of foreign states in the European Parliament.”