"I had to do it to get elected" - Iveta Grigule MEP, former EFDD member [pictured, inset]
"If we are correct in our understanding about the events, President Schulz [pictured] would be more suited to being the president of a parliament in a banana republic." - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, Co-President of the EFDD group
•The EFDD Group in the European Parliament has folded after the resignation, yesterday, of Latvian member Iveta Grigule. Concerning her resignation, Ms Grigule told the secretary general of the EFDD Group that “I had to do it to get elected.” She told the General Secretary of the EFDD Group that the EPP chairman Manfred Weber and European Parliament President Martin Schulz told her she must resign from the EFDD Group in order to attain the presidency of a Parliamentary delegation to Kazakhstan.
In this term, EFDD Group members have been systematically excluded from their expected positions in EP delegations and chairmanships under the D’Hondt system which is the normal practice over many years.
Ms Grigule signed her letter of resignation in the office of Mr Schulz yesterday morning following which he informed the Conference of Presidents of her resignation, thus folding the group.
At a delegation meeting on Kazakhstan, she was presented as an EFDD candidate by an Italian member and was not opposed. It is believed she will now sit with the non-attached.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said, “It is clear that the European Parliament does not follow its long-term practice of sharing delegation and chairmanship positions in a fair manner according to the D’Hondt system. If we are correct in our understanding about the events, President Schulz would be more suited to being the president of a parliament in a banana republic. It would seem he has exceeded his role that should apply to a neutral chairman or president of a parliament. I believe this is an example of political bias on an extraordinary scale.”