Text dopisu předsedy frakce Manfreda Webera (v originále) předsedům ostatních frakcí:

To: Martin Schulz, Gianni Pittella, Guy Verhofstadt, Syed Kamall, Rebeca Harms

19.4.2016

Dear President, dear colleagues,

 

The "Alliance for Peace and Freedom" is regrouping some of the most radical and militant right-wing extremist parties in Europe under the common roof of a European political party. This party and its corresponding European political foundation named "Europa Terra Nostra" receive almost 600.000 Euros of European funding in the year of 2016.

 

The foundation's co-hosting of the "Manhemsdagen", a political gathering of some of the worst right-wing extremists and neo-fascists around Europe, at the end of May in Stockholm, should be the starting point for us, leaders of the democratic forces in European Parliament, to take a closer look at these two groupings.

 

I therefore suggest an in-depth discussion at next week's Conference of Presidents on how European Parliament makes sure that this money is properly spent, i.e. that:

  • on the democracy side they do not violate the most fundamental values of our societies such as human dignity and the respect for human rights;
  • on the financial and budgetary control side these parties and foundations are not supported by third countries and that they do not use European funds for national campaigns.

 

On the democracy side: under Article 10(3) of the new Regulation on the statute and funding of European political parties and foundations, to be applied as of 1 January 2017, the European Parliament has the possibility to lodge a request with the Authority (to be set up within European Parliament by 1 September 2016) for verification of compliance by such a European party or foundation with the respect, "in its programme and in its activities, [of] the values on which the Union is founded, [...] namely respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities". In case of a manifest and serious breach of these conditions, the party and or foundation may be de-registered and its European financing be withdrawn. Articles 3 and 4 of the current regulation 2004/2003 go into the same direction.

 

To cite only its two member parties represented in European Parliament, the Greek "Golden Dawn", sees large parts of its leadership under accusation in a legal case around the murder of the rapper Pavlos Fyssas. The German "National Democratic Party" is currently facing a party prohibition procedure at the German Constitutional Court, lodged by German Bundesrat, under the accusation of anti-constitutional behaviour. Several of its leading members have repeatedly been charged for incitement to racial hatred.

 

While it is clear, that the de-registration and the withdrawal of financing have to be handled with greatest care, we should nonetheless be able to use these instruments and to trigger the corresponding mechanism for a procedure to be laid into independent and impartial hands. This is why the latest revision of the party statute had been initiated.

 

On the financial side, the European Parliament has to make sure under the new regulation that such a party or foundation does not receive "donations [...] from a third country, or from any undertaking, over which such a public authority may exercise" or that it uses European money for "the direct or indirect funding of national parties or candidates". European Parliament therefore has to regularly check the respect of administrative and governance provisions by the party or foundation and the compliance with European funding rules. Also in this case, the current regulation provides for corresponding provisions. I therefore suggest that the Secretary General of the European Parliament presents to the Conference of Presidents in how far these obligations are being met by the "Alliance for Peace and Freedom" and by "Europa Terra Nostra".

 

We have to make sure, that European Parliament is making best use of its monitoring and control mechanisms in the run-up to the possible triggering of a de-registration procedure. We have to send a clear signal to those extremists who are working against the very foundations of our societies, trampling under their feet the values of human dignity, that they are being watched and that any further misbehaviour shall be sanctioned.

 

Best regards,

Manfred Weber