European Parliament sanctions Polish member for sexist comments

The European Parliament has imposed severe sanctions on a Polish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP), for unsavory comments he made against women. Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who made the comments during a debate in the parliament, was sanctioned by President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani. The sanctions are unprecedented. The far-right Polish MEP during a March 1 debate on the gender pay gap, said “Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, and they are less intelligent that’s all.” But the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, said he “will not tolerate such behaviour” adding that “by offending all women, the Polish politician had showed contempt for our most fundamental values”. The Sanctions Janusz Korwin-Mikke is suspended from parliamentary activities for 10 days. He forfeits politicians’ daily subsistence allowance for 30 days; a total of €9,180 (£8,047) intended to cover his expenses while he attends parliament. Furthermore, he is banned from representing the legislature for a year, The European parliament rules require MEPs “not [to] resort to defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behaviour in parliamentary debates”.

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