Monday 24 April 2017

Polish MEP banned over sexist remark

Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke remains unbowed by the controversy
Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke remains unbowed by the controversy

Alan Martin in Brussels

A Polish MEP has been suspended from the European Parliament for 10 days after he said women should earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke will also lose his MEP's daily subsistence allowance for 30 days, which means he stands to lose out on €9,180 in total. In addition, he is being banned from representing the legislature for a year, meaning he won't be able to participate in parliamentary delegations, for example.

He made the comments during a parliamentary debate on March 1.Parliament president Antonio Tajani's announcement was greeted by applause, while Mr Korwin-Mikke appeared to laugh and clap himself.

The European Parliament characterised the sanctions as being "unprecedented in severity".

"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," Mr Tajani said.

Irish Independent

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