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A Russian spy in the ranks of Jobbik in the European Parliament

BelaKovacs@PE(BRUSSELS2) The affair caused a lot of noise in Budapest. An MEP from the far-right Jobbik party is clearly suspected of being an intelligence agent of the Russians, not in the past but even today. Bela Kovacs previously sat on the ITRE Commission (Industry, Research and Energy) and in parliamentary cooperation delegations with the former republics of the USSR (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan) and Mongolia as well as on the EU-Russia Commission. He was re-elected in the last European elections, coming in third place.

He is also the Vice-President and Treasurer of the European Alliance of National Movements, the alliance of far-right movements of which Bruno Gollnish, member of the French National Front, is president. Hungary's chief prosecutor sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, requesting the lifting of the immunity of Kovacs who has just been re-elected to the European Parliament.

The lifting of immunity should, however, take a few weeks, while the parliamentary committees are formed and the plenary decides. (NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).