This was not music to the ears of South West UKIP MEP the Earl of Dartmouth (sadly still an MEP) and so he rose to ask a question under the blue card procedure, to then be subsequently and emphatically swept aside by Mr Cohn-Bendit.
For me (and many others) this was the highlight of the day in the European Parliament. Click play and enjoy!
SW MEP Watson on Romania: ‘no party, EU included, emerges with much credit’
Earlier this afternoon at the European Parliament in Strasbourg MEPs took part in a rather lively debate on the political situation in Romania. South West Liberal Democrat Sir Graham Watson MEP took the floor during this debate on behalf of the Liberal group and remarked that “no party, the European Union included, emerges with much credit” and the best solution would be for new presidential and parliamentary elections.
“Romania provides a case study of the trials of transition from communism. A President alleged to have been a member of the Securitate: a political class so fearful of the files that they failed to publish the past; a culture which, twenty years on, has still not shaken off all the corruption of communism. From this recent episode no party, the European Union included, emerges with much credit,” he said.
Referring to the recent election in Romania where despite 87.5% of voters backing his impeachment President Traian Basescusurvived a referendum because turnout fell below the 50% needed to validate the vote, he said “in no other EU country is a vote invalid if fewer than half the people participate. In any other country, if over 85% vote for a President to go, that person is toast!”
Looking ahead, Sir Graham said “the best thing for Romania now would be new elections, both for parliament and for the President, following the advice of the Venice Commission and a Convention between all parties to set some ground rules about how to behave in a democracy”.
Hailing from the truly beautiful South West region of the UK, Andrew now works in Brussels and is a UK passport holder, European citizen, and a twice employee at the European Parliament.
While the EU in its current form is far from perfect, he is nonetheless firmly of the belief that the UK's prosperity and place in the world is best served as a member state and not as an isolated bystander.
Since October 2009, this blog seeks to document the work that our region's MEPs do for us in Brussels. As such, predictably, it rarely features UKIP.