Croatian MEP Ivan Sincic told his colleagues in Parliament that he believed that the Commission had made too many mistakes with the coronavirus pandemic at the expense of the freedoms of European citizens. Sincic condemned the EU’s technique for rejecting the autopsies of those who died by COVID-19. and suggested that Von der Leyen “accept” his flaws.
Croatian politician warned that the coronavirus crisis is comparable to the 2008 currency crisis, lamenting that the Brussels bloc has not involved it either.
He said: “Europe took a turn in 2008 and this has become very clear.
“Unfortunately, this is a crisis that has not been well controlled until the 2008 crisis.
“We know that a third of all workers suffer and assume that many corporations will go bankrupt until the end of the year.
“We act blindly, even before WHO.
“Now we have policies that say we deserve to wear masks, politics says we deserve to do those tests, politics says that if there are deaths, no autopsy will be performed.
“All these deaths are deaths from Covid.
And now the Commission is presenting us with some kind of economic measure, telling us what we are going to do.
“When will you settle for that you have made mistakes?”
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Danish MEP Peter Kodof also lashed out at the Commission’s proposal, pleding to oppose the economic strategy until Denmark even though everything comes out of the bloc.
He said: “It is not a consultation of apparent solidarity that the Danes do not have to pay more gifts for southern and eastern Europe.
“It is not a lack of solidarity if you oppose the damage caused through the EU.
“Denmark pays nothing and I will oppose it until Denmark leaves the EU. “
The Commission has been attacked in recent weeks for managing the deployment of the vaccine.
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Ms. Von der Leyen was forced to protect he hem after threatening to have Article 16 of the Brexit withdrawal agreement prohibit vaccine exports to Northern Ireland.
This decision, criticised by European leaders and in particular Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin, later retracted, leaving the President of the Commission in a delicate position.
The Commission also engaged in a bitter contractual dispute with vaccine supplier AstraZeneca after it was learned that vaccine manufacturers had been forced to comply with the number of doses promised to EU countries.
Ms Von der Leyen was forced to apologize for trying to use a sensitive clause in the Brexit agreement to gain advantages from the EU’s source of vaccine supply.
On Monday, EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said the Commission had failed to ensure that its European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) could act transparently.
Ms O’Reilly criticised the President of the Commission, who Mrs Von der Leyen had “played a bad trick” on Europeans.
She told Politico: “You don’t set up a company called the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and you’re not allowed to do so.
“It’s anything that’s presented to the public. “
The Ombudsman found that the Commission had not ensured full transparency and accountability in gathering Covid’s knowledge of the pandemic.
When the dispute broke out with AstraZeneca over requests to make his vaccine contract public, “suddenly the Transparency Commission,” O’Reilly said.
He added: “They saw the price of transparency because they were interested.
“They may want to devote so much time and attention to the public interest when they are published.
“They can’t be the establishments that tap . . . the public interest will have to take precedence. “