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Marc Tarabella

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Marc Tarabella
Born (1963-03-11) 11 March 1963 (age 61)

Marc Tarabella (born 11 March 1963) is a Belgian politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the French Community of Belgium with the Parti Socialiste, part of the Socialist Group. In February 2023 he was charged with corruption and money laundering in connection with the Qatar corruption scandal at the European Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Tarabella was born in Ougrée, a suburb of Seraing from a family originally from Versilia, Italy.[1]


Political career[edit]

Career in national politics[edit]

  • 1988–1994: Member of the Anthisnes Municipal Council
  • since 1994: Mayor of Anthisnes
  • 2000: Member of the executive of the Huy-Waremme Federation of the Socialist Party
  • 2003: President of the Rural Foundation of Wallonia
  • 2002: Belgian coordinator of the committees supporting Ingrid Betancourt

Member of the European Parliament[edit]

In parliament, Tarabella sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. He is a substitute for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and a vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In January 2021, Tarabella became a member of the Italian left-wing party Article One.[2]

Amid the Qatar corruption scandal at the European Parliament in late 2022, Belgian police searched Tarabella's home.[3] He subsequently suspended himself from the S&D group, and his Walloon Socialist party revoked his membership. He also stepped down as member and vice chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Qatar and other Arabian Peninsula countries.[4]

In February 2023 the European Parliament voted to waive immunity for Tarabella. He was subsequently arrested, charged with corruption and money laundering and remanded into custody. He denied any wrongdoing.[5] In April 2023 he was released from prison and the following month released from house arrest.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Caro Salvini, è lei il fannullone": lo sfogo di un europarlamentare belga-versiliese". Il Tirreno. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  2. ^ Marc Tarabella, deputato belga del Pse, aderisce ad Articolo Uno. Benvenuto!, YouTube
  3. ^ Ali Walker and Sarah Wheaton (11 December 2022), Belgian MEP’s home raided in Qatar graft probe Politico Europe
  4. ^ Eddy Wax (12 January 2023), Qatargate: Marc Tarabella steps down from EU Parliament Gulf delegation Politico Europe.
  5. ^ "Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella charged in Qatargate probe". Politico Europe. 11 February 2023.
  6. ^ "European Parliament bribery scandal: Tarabella and Giorgi released from pre-trial detention". The Brussels Times. 9 May 2023.

External links[edit]

Media related to Marc Tarabella at Wikimedia Commons