EU Vice President Eva Kaili
Greek politician Eva Kaili is the face of the corruption scandal currently rocking the EU Parliament. She is now losing her powers as Vice President – but only Parliament can decide to remove her.
DThe Greek Vice-President of the EU Parliament, Eva Kaili, who was arrested on suspicion of corruption, loses all the powers, duties and tasks assigned to her in this function with immediate effect. This was decided by Parliament President Roberta Metsola, as one of her spokeswomen announced. Only parliament itself can decide to remove Kaili from the post of vice-president.
The background to the decision are investigations by the Belgian judiciary into suspected bribery and corruption, money laundering and attempts to influence political decisions by the Emirate of Qatar, the host of the current World Cup. On Friday there were 16 searches and several arrests, including Kaili, one of 14 vice presidents of parliament. The former TV presenter has now become the face of the scandal. The 44-year-old was elected to parliament for the Pasok party, which, together with the SPD, belongs to the Social Democratic group.