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Pirates: Resolution on Andrej Babiš calls for stopping of his conflict of interest

Brussels, 10/06/2021 – Today, the European Parliament adopted the resolution on the conflict of interest of the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš. The vote was called for by the Greens/EFA Group and Pirate Delegation. Czech Pirate MEP Mikuláš Peksa has been pointing out the prime minister’s conflict of interest since 2017. The vote is a reaction to the Commission recently released first audit into PM Babiš’ finance which confirmed the conflict of interest. The resolution adopted MEP Peksa’s amendment asking to exempt Czech citizens and taxpayer to pay or suffer any consequences deriving from the conflict of interest of the Prime Minister Babiš.

Mikuláš Peksa, Czech MEP and Chairperson of the European Pirates, comments: “Agrofert is the biggest recipient of Common Agricultural Policy funds of any company in Europe and it’s owned by a sitting EU Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš. That is not only a Czech problem, but a massive problem for the whole European Union. True is that damage is already done and the conflict of interests must be now called out and stopped. The companies belonging to Agrofert group should repay all subsidies unlawfully received by either the EU or Czech national budget. I am grateful that there is a strong consensus on this in the Parliament and I hope that we will not only force Mr. Babiš to repay the funds he used to enrich himself, but also that the Union will take real action and show real concern with all the oligarchs who threaten both our budgets and our basic democratic principles.”

This month, the Czech police accused Babiš of fraud involving European Union subsidies. According to the police, the Babiš-owned Agrofert conglomerate unjustifiably received EU subsidies meant for medium-sized and small businesses. The same conclusion has been made by the European Commission.

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