Polish MEP who said women should earn less has £8,000 fine overturned

Far-right Polish MEP who caused outrage by claiming women should earn less because they are less intelligent has his £8,000 fine overturned

  • Janusz Korwin-Mikke, 74, told European Parliament women should be paid less
  • In the speech in 2017, the far-right MEP said women are ‘weaker and smaller’
  • The European Court of Justice decided to cancel his £8,000 fine on Thursday
  • According to the ECJ, Mikke had done nothing to ’cause disorder’ in Parliament 

A Polish MEP who claimed women should earn less than men because they are less intelligent has had his £8,000 overturned by a court.

Far-right politician Janusz Korwin-Mikke, 74, stood up in the European Parliament in March 2017 and said women should earn less than men because they are ‘weaker’, ‘smaller’ and ‘less intelligent’. 

He was fined almost €10,000 (£8,000) for the outburst by the parliament. However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided on Thursday to cancel the penalty because he had ‘not caused disorder’ within Parliament.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke meeting with supporters of his Korwin party in Bedzin, Poland in March 2017

The ECJ ruled the parliament had no right under its own rules to impose the fine because Janusz Korwin-Mikke’s comments had not caused ‘disorder or disruption’ within the chamber.

‘Despite the particularly shocking nature of the applicant’s words, the parliament was not, in the present case, entitled to impose any disciplinary sanctions under… its rules of procedure,’ the court said in its ruling.

‘The court therefore annuls the decisions of the Bureau (parliament’s administration) contested by Mr Korwin-Mikke.’

Korwin-Mikke, who was punished in the past by the EU assembly for racist comments and remarks about the Holocaust, forfeited his MEP’s daily allowance for 30 days – a total of 9,210 euros – and was suspended from parliament for 10 days.

The comments that prompted the fine came during a bitter exchange in the chamber in March last year in which the moustachioed, bowtie-wearing Korwin-Mikke interrupted female Spanish MEP Iratxe Garcia-Perez.

‘Of course women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent, they must earn less, that’s all,’ Korwin-Mikke said.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke participates in the 5th March of Freedom and Sovereignty on October 08, 2016 in Warsaw

Piers Morgan branded the politician a ‘horrendous pig’ and told him he was ‘very stupid’ when he appeared on Good Morning Britain last year

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