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European Parliament sacks vice-president for 'serious misconduct'
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European Parliament sacks vice-president for 'serious misconduct'

by AH 07.02.2018 From our online archive
Parliament says Ryszard Czarnecki used an offensive Polish term for fellow MEP
European Parliament in Strasbourg (Shutterstock)

Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki has been stripped of his position as a vice-president of the European Parliament for "serious misconduct".

Czarnecki referred to fellow Polish MEP Róża Thun as a "shmaltsovnik", an offensive Polish term for someone who blackmailed Jews, or Poles protecting Jews, during the Nazi occupation, the parliament said in a statement.

The move passed by 447 votes to 196 at the parliament in Strasbourg, it said.

"Czarnecki will, of course, remain a member of the European Parliament but will no longer be a vice-president," it said.

"He will neither represent parliament on behalf of its president nor chair plenary debates."

A total of 14 parliamentary vice-presidents were elected in January 2017.

Czarnecki's European Conservatives and Reformists Group has been invited to put foreward a new candidate for vice-president, the parliament said.