Dutch MEP joins EU anti-corruption taskforce
Dutch Socialist Party MEP Dennis de Jong is going to help tackle corruption among European Members of Parliament as part of a special task force.
The eight-member taskforce will draft a new code of conduct for the more than 700 MEPs of the 27 EU member states.
The taskforce was set up following revelations by the British newspaper The Sunday Times that two Social Democrat MEPs and two Christian Democrat MEPs were prepared to receive bribes from lobbyists. Two of the MEPs involved in the scandal have since resigned their posts.
Mr De Jong is calling for a 50 euro cap on gifts and presents, a ban on additional paid activities and penalties for breaching the code of conduct.
The taskforce is to begin its work on Monday. Sources in Brussels say trepidation has taken hold of some parliamentary parties amid speculation that the British daily is to publish more embarrassing revelations on Sunday.
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