Raffaele Baldassarre - Italian EU-parliament member - is caught red-handed when he checks in at "work" at 18.30 to collect his expenses for doing nothing. Fraudster Baldassarre first acts like he doesn´t speak English and later becomes aggressive and attacks the journalist.
There is a big (dutch) item about it. you can find it here on GeenStijl:
and here part 2
Translation and explanation of the video above (thanks to LiamDePiam)Tom Staal:
We just saw you signing in, it's 18.30 in the evening, isn't that a bit late for work?
I don't understand.
You just signed in, at 18.30.
You collect 300 euro for your expenses. But actually you don't have any expenses today.
I don't understand.
Ah that's very easy (to understand). If it's getting difficult, you don't understand.
You just arrived, you signed in, collected 300 euro for expenses you don't have, and then you leave?
I like that job, I want that job.
I don't understand (speaks italian).
It's quite simple. You understand what I'm saying. You just don't want to answer me.
Please do not touch my camera man. Please do not touch my stuff. Where are we going.
That's not nice, can you please not touch my stuff?
Do not touch me. I'm just working here, I'm just asking a normal question, and he doesn't want to answer me.
Well, enjoy your 300 euro sir.
(Speaks more Italian)
How do you think I understand Italian?
You only sound like "va a fare in culo" (Italian for "fuck you"). That's what I understand.
Daniel van der Stoep:
So you see him getting in the elevator here, heading down to the car-park, ready to go home.
Someone posted subtitles for part 2 (thanks to the user 'Napoleon I'
0:00 Last week you saw how good the life of an average MEP in Strasbourg can be.
0:04 This time we'll visit Brussels where on monday everyone trickels in to calmly start the working week
0:18 Well Daniel here we are. - Finally.
0:21 In Brussels. - Indeed.
0:23 Is it exciting? - No.
0:32 Where shall we go first Daniel? - Maybe we can take a look in the conference room.
0:38 As you see there's almost noone here.
0:46 There are maybe six or seven members. This room can hold fourty members.
0:51 I see more people? - Yes, but those are civil servants and staff members.
0:55 So you saw seven MEP's? - Yes. From a group of possibly fourty.
0:59 And that is the reason they don't really like you filming them.
1:04 So we're not allowed to film here, but they're just having a meeting.
1:08 We're not bothering anyone, but it seems that is really scary.
1:27 What you see here is a meeting between the ACP-countries, among others the African countries.
1:32 And what they're actually talking about is how much money we as the EP are prepared to send to very misfortunate and poor countries.
1:43 So they think their own work is so negative they really should shouldn't let anyone see.
1:52 Another good example of the fact that as an MEP you have an almost mythical status is that we have a coffeebar here and from both sides you can slide in and get served.
2:03 Of course MEP's can't be expected to queue so what did they do?
2:13 This is another example of something they think is embarassing so they don't want you to see it.
2:24 What we're going to walk on now is the blue carpet.
2:28 Only MEP's can walk on this and that is because we as MEP's are of course too lazy to open the doors.
2:42 MEP's are allowed to hold an exhibit like this twice a year and they cost on average 20000 euros each.
2:48 And then everything is already prepared for the next day, because I think the opening will be tomorrow.
2:56 This is part of it. - So any MEP worth his salt can basically get wasted for free every day?
3:03 Everyone has a right to a drink and food because noone would show up otherwise.
3:07 There's another exhibit and over there is another one.
3:11 It's almost embarassing. You can drink and eat here for free all week.
3:15 And the main question is what it is about exactly.
3:25 Well we found a drinking gathering.
3:53 yeah yeah.. just run away.
4:00 So the signing in. Some people sign in, collect their 300 euros and then leave.
4:04 That has already been demonstrated few times. Is it still an issue?
4:07 It's still an issue and there are stories about people who quickly enter the building and then leave again.
4:14 And it's a big problem that people arrive late in the evening, quickly sign in -which can be done until 10 PM- and then direclty go home.
4:29 You can see me siging in here. I write down my name and that means I'll get 300 euros at the end of the week.
4:37 You can sign in five times per week.
4:42 It isn't dealt with because MEP's don't consider it a problem.
4:46 It's an almost daily state of affairs that you see people walk in with their suitcases, that they sign in and directly leave the building.
4:54 So if we wait a bit we are likely to catch one or two?
4:58 Oh yeah. I'm one hundred percent sure you'll catch someone in the -actually quite alarming- act.
5:06 The person we see walking here is Miroslav Ransdorf. He's an MEP from GUE.
5:13 He just entered through the parking garage and then signed in.
5:20 And as you can see he then walks out after a minute.
5:24 So Miroslav just arrived from the Czech Republic, signed in and then leaves for his appartment which is located about a 100 meters away.
6:12 Coincidentally when you were following our big friend Miroslav I met another MEP. Raffaele Baldassarre.
6:20 I saw him enter with his suitcase, sign in and then leave again. Maybe you should also ask him why he signs in at 6:30PM.
7:53 As you can see he enters the elevator and then presses the button to go down.
7:57 So he's on his way to the drivers in order to go home.
8:01 Well Daniel it was a rough day. - It was a long day and I hope you've learned a lot about what happens here in the EP.
8:08 Let's have some beer. Well you have some and I'll have a lot, but that's because I'm German.
8:15 And I assume Europe will pay for this right?
8:19 Sure. I'll send the bill to Martin Schulz.
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