The Renew Europe Group has successfully called on European Parliament President, Roberta Metsola, to ban Russian state lobbyists. The ban will reduce the capacity of Russia's warmongering lobbyists to influence EU politicians and policies, in a blow to Putin apologists on the far-right and left of the Parliament. We call on other EU institutions to follow this move.
ALDE Party and European Parliament Vice-President Dita Charanzová MEP said:
"Today we make it official and crystal clear. There is no place for Russian lobbyists in the Parliament. They cannot be allowed to continue to interfere in how we shape our future decisions. We call on other EU institutions to follow this move."
Vice-President of Renew Europe Group Katalin Cseh MEP, added:
"This is a blow to the Russian state propaganda machine, but also to MEPs on the far-right and far-left who act as the Kremlin's Trojan horses. Putin's warmongers have no place walking the corridors of the house of European democracy. This is a victory for those who wish to safeguard European democracy."
As one of the initiators, I’m quite proud of this achievement👇— Katalin Cseh (@katka_cseh) June 2, 2022
Although still a bit puzzled that Russian lobbyists were not instantly banned from @Europarl_EN premises on day 1 of the invasion, the latest https://t.co/yuAbIRrZAT