Offensive MEP receives ‘unprecedented’ sanctions including suspension following gender pay rant

As HR News reported yesterday, Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke offended women both inside and outside the European Parliament with his conduct and remarks during a a plenary debate on the “Gender pay gap” on 1 March.

After the offending intervention by the Polish MEP, Mr Tajani was immediately alerted to it by several MEPs, and following an investigation, sanctions of unprecedented severity against the MEP have now been announced by EP President Antonio Tajani.

According to the decision, the MEP will lose his daily subsistence allowance for thirty days.  The daily allowance – to cover accommodation and other costs when travelling to Strasbourg or Brussels – is currently €306.  He will also be suspended from parliamentary activities for ten days (with the exception of voting) and prohibited from representing Parliament for one year.


Speaking before the start of the voting session in Strasbourg, President Tajani announced the decision to punish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke (NA, PL) for his declarations against gender equality. He said:

“I will not tolerate such behaviour, in particular when it comes from someone who is expected to discharge his duties as a representative of the peoples of Europe with due dignity. By offending all women, the MEP displayed contempt for our most fundamental values”.

The President also extended his apologies to anyone who was hurt or offended by the MEP’s outburst, emphasising that such behaviour will never be tolerated.


Author: Editor

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