MEPs have demanded an open investigation into the allocation of EU funds for projects in Belarus. Viola von Cramon-Taubadel initiated the European Commission’s appeal, a member of the European Parliament from the German Green Party, reports Ales Silich, Belsat correspondent in Brussels.
“Our task here in the European Parliament and the European Commission is to make sure that the money allocated by the European Union is not used for Mr. Lukashenka’s own purposes,” said Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, a member of the European Parliament from the German Green Party.
Member of the European Parliament from the German Green Party Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, together with her colleagues, sent a joint letter to the Budget Control Committee of the European Commission, asking what happened to the funds allocated earlier from the pan-European budget for projects and programs in Belarus. This appeal was a reaction of politicians to the film “Lukashenka. The Golden Bottom”. The film, among other things, talked about the misuse of European funds to maintain Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s residences.
There is no direct evidence that the funds are spent inappropriately, said Viola von Cramon-Taubadel. Simultaneously, after the rigged elections in 2020, the European Union stopped any funding for Belarus. Funding for past programs, particularly 2018-2019, is now being studied.
“Previously, for example, Lukashenka’s press service did not report anything about cooperation between the EU and Belarus in the justice department, which was previously funded. But information about it was provided by the Belarusian side after the elections to simulate cooperation and funding. But this is just a lie. Therefore, some of the information in “Golden Bottom” may be based on lies of Lukashenka’s press service,” said Viola von Cramon-Taubadel.
A film by blogger Stsyapan Putsila and the NEXTA editorial board, “Lukashenka. Golden Bottom,” appeared on social networks on March 8. It has been viewed more than 6 million times.