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Parliament must examine MEP conflicts of interest over EU-Morocco trade dossier

28/11/2018

Parliament must examine MEP conflicts of interest over EU-Morocco trade dossier

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The GUE/NGL group expresses its concern about a possible violation of Parliament's code of conduct by several MEPs involved in discussions on files concerning relations between the EU, Morocco, and Western Sahara.

The MEPs in question failed to disclose their membership of the board of EuroMedA, a foundation with links to the Moroccan government. The case seems to present a clear conflict of interests.

For this reason, we support the request made to President Tajani by the Greens/EFA group to refer the matter for investigation.

The GUE/NGL has also asked the Chair and political coordinators of Parliament's Committee on International Trade to reconsider whether MEP Patricia Lalonde should remain Parliament's rapporteur on a key EU-Morocco agreement*. Lalonde has never disclosed "any actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to the matter under consideration" as called for by Parliament's Code of conduct.

*The report being drafted by MEP Lalonde is “on the conclusion of the Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 to the EuroMediterranean Agreement".

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