A Facebook post claims a video shows the European Parliament stating COVID-19 is a fraud.
This is false. The video isn’t of the European Parliament, but is from a conference of COVID vaccine sceptics held in a parliamentary building in Brussels in May 2023.
A European Parliament representative told AAP FactCheck the summit was not an official parliamentary event and does not reflect the European Union legislative body’s views on the pandemic.
“This is the European Parliament speaking 23 minutes live loop Saying covid 19 all lies … This is the European Parliament stating that COVID-19 IS A FRAUD,” the post claims.
But the video is not from a European Parliament plenary session of its 705 members (MEPs).
The summit’s stated mission was for “doctors, lawyers and professionals from all over the world to unite and discuss their experiences with COVID-19”.
Promotional material for the event prominently displayed the words “European Parliament”.
This is misleading.
A European Parliament representative told AAP FactCheck the conference was not a parliamentary event and it had never adopted a position suggesting COVID was a hoax.
“The European Parliament secretariat allocates meeting rooms on the basis of proposals from the political groups,” the representative said.
“Members who are not attached to a political group also have the possibility to use EP facilities for their meetings.
“Any consideration of the content is the responsibility of the political groups/individual members who propose them.”
Among the co-hosts of the event included Christine Anderson, a German MEP who called the COVID vaccine campaign the biggest crime committed on humanity; Croation MEP Ivan Vilibor Sincic who has shared false information about COVID vaccines and Croatian MEP Mislav Kolakusic who claims COVID vaccines have killed tens of thousands of Europeans.
Featured speakers included a range of people known for spreading COVID misinformation, including:
* Pierre Kory, a medical doctor who made false claims about antiparasitic drug ivermectin and had a paper removed by the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology.
* Christian Perronne, an infectious diseases professor who claims COVID vaccines are ineffective. Social media users have falsely claimed he’s a former vice president of the World Health Organization.
The claim that the European Parliament has declared COVID-19 a fraud is false.
A video from a conference held in a parliamentary building is used to support the claim. The event was hosted by a group of MEPs and featured speakers with a history of spreading COVID misinformation.
A European Parliament representative told AAP FactCheck it was not an official event and the European Union’s legislative body does not support its views.
False – The claim is inaccurate.