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Catalan separatists not quite welcome in the European Parliament (V2)

(B2) Catalan pro-independence MEPs were unable to register as new MPs today

They were turned away on their arrival at the 'Welcome village' - where all new MEPs arriving at the European Parliament in Brussels present themselves. Reason: their names do not appear on the list transmitted by the Spanish government, because they have not taken an oath to the Spanish constitution as required by Spanish law.

Only problem, according to Europapress, the official list of the 54 deputies elected in Spain has not yet been communicated to the European Parliament, waiting for them to go to the central electoral council in Madrid to comply with the Constitution. And several Spanish deputies — such as José Ramón Bauzá (Ciudadanos, ex Popular Party), Diana Riba (ERC) and Pernando Barrena (EH Bildu) — were able to pass through the 'Welcome village' and obtain their provisional badge, even though they did not complete this formality.

The explanation lies elsewhere according to the Catalans. “ The Secretary-General of the European Parliament (1) has given instructions that neither neither I nor Oriol Junqueras can complete the necessary formalities as MEPs. There is no legal reason. This is pure discrimination. All the other elected officials were able to complete the papers that were refused to us » said Carlos Puigdemont, the Catalan independence leader, indignantly. Comin and Puigdemont have fled Spanish justice since the holding of the referendum banned by the Constitutional Court on the independence of the Catalan Parliament.

New Spanish MPs should not have received a temporary badge

On the side of the leadership of Parliament, we admit an error… but not the one we are thinking of.“ Je understand that this administrative practice may cause political unrest in Spain, where the election results are not final and the count is still in progress » writes the President of the Parliament Antonio Tajani in an email addressed to several MEPs including Esteban Gonzales Pons (People's Party / EPP), Irate García-Pérez (PSOE / S&D), Javier Nart (Ciudadanos), and reached B2. « Therefore, in order to avoid any interference in a national procedure, I have instructed the Secretary General to suspend the accreditation of all new Spanish members until Parliament receives official notification from the Spanish authorities. » And the outgoing president of the European Parliament to assume his new policy: “ To ensure equal and fair treatment, I have also instructed the Secretary General to suspend provisional accreditation that may have already been granted to other new Spanish members. »

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

NB: Article 224 of electoral code provides that " dan the five days following its proclamation, the elected candidates swear or undertake to respect the Constitution before the Central Electoral Council. After this time, the Central Electoral Council will free up the seats corresponding to Members of the European Parliament who have not complied with the Constitution and will suspend all prerogatives which could correspond to them due to their position, until this formality is fulfilled."

(1) Klaus Welle, member of the CDU

Updated with parliament's response

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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