- August 4, 2016
Tomaszewski: Party doesn’t want to lose its position in the European Parliament
Waldemar Tomaszewski won’t be put on the electoral list of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance to the Seimas in order to keep the mandate of the European Parliament.
„The party doesn’t want to lose its mandate of the European Parliament. We have some significant achievements. I work in the third of the largest fraction and I’m a petitioner . We don’t want to lose this position,” – Tomaszewski said in an interview with the BNS agency. In case of winning the election to the Parliament Tomaszewski would have to resign from the mandate of the MEP. Maria Rekść, the mayor of Vilnius region, would then take over his duties in Brussels. The party does not want to lose the position of mayor, chosen a year and a half ago in direct election. If Maria Rekść resigned from the mandate of the MEP, it would go to the partners of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania- Irina Rozowa from the Alliance of Russians.
„That was the main reason. I was prepared to lead the list, but my closest companions said it would not be the best idea,” explained Tomaszewski. The politician dismissed speculation that he purportedly wants to stay in the European Parliament because of a higher salary. “Yes, it’s true that the salary is higher. It is 6,000 Euro. That’s two and a half times more than it is offered by the Seimas. Everyone knows it. There isn’t any information that would be unknown to public. For me, personally, this isn’t the motive. I entered the world of politics guided by my own beliefs and eventually left the business,” told Tomaszewski.
He also recalled that two years ago he covered the party’s spending with his own money. He paid 245,000 litas which equals over 70,000 euro.
„I was ready to leave the European Parliament. God has already given me a lot of money. I share it with other people and with the organization,” said Tomaszewski.
The politician assured that his participation in the election will look different. As the party said in a statement: “The lead strategist of the party’s election campaign – MEP Waldemar Tomaszewski will himself manage the general election campaign staff,”.
Translated by Karolina Wojdat within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.