Central European Morning Report: "Transparency and Accountability in European Political Leadership"

Central European Morning Report: "Transparency and Accountability in European Political Leadership"

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REPER Participates in European Parliamentary Elections with 43 Candidates:

REPER (Partidul Reînnoim Proiectul European al României) has submitted a list of 43 candidates for the European parliamentary elections scheduled for June 9. The list is led by Dacian Cioloș, the leader of the Renew Europe group in the current European Legislature and former Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (2010-2014) from Romania. Cioloș has been a REPER MEP since 2019.

Following Cioloș are REPER co-presidents, MEPs Ramona Strugariu (jurist) and Dragoș Pîslaru (economist, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in the European Parliament). Other notable candidates include Ilfov deputy Oana Cambera, deputy Andrei Lupu, parliamentary advisor Andreea Leonte, and scientific researcher Cristian Presură.

The REPER list features a diverse range of professionals including experts in structural and cohesion funds, IT specialists, a dentist, a schoolbook editor, an art and antiques trader, a retired military officer, two architects, and two students. Their political program emphasizes anti-corruption, democracy, integrity, agricultural reform, and strengthening Romania’s position in the EU with full Schengen integration and transitioning to the Euro.

SYRIZA Leader Stefanos Kasselakis to Disclose Assets Amid Criticism:

Stefanos Kasselakis, leader of SYRIZA-PS, announced that he will disclose his financial assets during his speech in Thessaloniki on Monday. In a social media post, Kasselakis criticized the ruling party for demanding his asset declaration while allegedly engaging in profiteering and high-cost election campaigns. He questioned the government's handling of inflation, public infrastructure, healthcare, and crime, accusing them of deflecting issues by demanding asset declarations.

Kasselakis stated he could wait until the legal deadline of July 1 but chose to reveal his assets now for transparency. He emphasized that all his earnings were worked for and taxed in the United States, contrasting this with Greece's perceived leniency on undeclared wealth. Kasselakis underscored the importance of transparency and clean relations as essential for improving Greece, promising to put everything into the public eye to set a standard of accountability.

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