Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru Euro-MPs have welcomed the newly
elected Dutch MEP and anti fraud campaigner Paul van Buitenen's decision
to join their political group in the European Parliament.
The Scottish and Welsh nationalists sit in the Green / European Free
Alliance group of MEPs. Mr van Buitenen is a former European official who
gained a name for himself as an anti-fraud whistle-blower - he announced
his decision to join the Green / EFA group earlier today (Tuesday).
Ian Hudghton MEP,
SNP European Leader said:
"One of the first votes I took part in, in 1998 was to censure the
European Commission - a vote which led to the resignation of the entire
Commission. In the Parliament, I have been a member of the Campaign for
Reform since its foundation and look forward to working with Paul van
Buitenen and our expanding group towards that end."
Jill Evans MEP
(Plaid Cymru) commented:
"European institutions are too distant and irrelevant with a lack of
genuine accountability, particularly financial accountability. We have
long campaigned for greater openness, transparency and genuine democratic
accountability in the way Europe is governed and I look forward to working
with Mr Van Buitenen and others who share this aim. The process of reform
has been far too slow and we must see real progress in this area during
this next parliament."
Newly elected SNP Euro-MP Alyn Smith added:
"I'm delighted that Paul Van Buitenen will be coming to join us in the
group. A great many electors across Europe turned away from the Parliament
in the last election and the perception of the institution must have
something to do with that. I have been told that over 60 percent of the
MEPs for this session are newly elected, so hopefully we will be able to
take meaningful steps towards reform and I look forward to working with
Paul to achieve this aim."