The European Parliament will cooperate with Greek authorities to investigate “intolerable and inexcusable” state espionage of a Greek MEP, the speaker for the speaker of the chamber said on the bloc’s latest espionage scandal.
The president of Greece has called for an investigation into the wiretapping carried out by state intelligence services on Nikos Androulakis, leader of the Greek socialist PASOK party and member of the European Parliament.
“Illegal surveillance of MPs’ communications is intolerable and inexcusable,” said Juri Laas, spokeswoman for European Parliament President Roberta Metsola.
“These breaches of the principles and values that form the basis of our democratic system cannot be tolerated, regardless of the Member State in which they occur.”
The European Parliament, which has 705 members and determines the policies of the European Union, already has a commission investigating the use of Pegasus spyware in the 27-country bloc. The Pegasus scandal rocked other EU countries, including France and Poland, last year.
Metsola wants the commission to examine the Greek case as well, with a view to banning these illegal practices in the EU, according to its spokesman.
The European Parliament has already received a first request for information from the Greek authorities and will share its conclusions “in the coming days,” he added.