Comín (Junts) affirms that the amnesty returns Spain to the EU and López (PSC) that it is Catalonia that returns

01/26/2024 Comín affirms that the amnesty returns Spain to the EU and López (PSC) that it is Catalonia that returns. Junts MEP Toni Comín has stated that the amnesty law will help Spain return to the EU and fellow MEP Javi López (PSC) has said that it is Catalonia that returns to Europe with the law. POLITICS EUROPE BELGIUM RTVE

Junts MEP Toni Comín has stated that the amnesty law will help Spain return to the EU and fellow MEP Javi López (PSC) has said that it is Catalonia that returns to Europe with the law. Six Catalan MEPs from PSC, PP, Vox, ERC, Junts y Cs and an advisor from the Comuns have starred in an RTVE Catalunya debate reported by Europa Press, on the eve of the European Parliament elections on June 9. Comín has said that the amnesty returns Spain to the EU because “with the repression and authoritarian drift it had been left outside the democratic rules of the game.” Regarding the application of the law, he has said that Spanish judges must apply it: “If they do not do so, they will have to leave the EU because it means that they do not respect the rule of law.” “When we can return free and without paying any political price, we will return, as we have always said,” he added. Javi López has said that this law serves “to return Catalonia to Europe” and to return Spain to what he has described as full normalization, because it will allow us to definitively turn the page to open a democratic debate. Diana Riba (ERC) has said that the EP usually speaks when the regulations have already been approved, while this law is still being processed, and she has assured that it will be processed correctly so that it can be approved. Furthermore, she has argued that “amnesty laws are normal in Europe,” where more than 50 amnesties have been approved since World War II. José Manuel García Margallo (PP) has replied that they were approved, but it was in countries whose constitutions recognized amnesties, and that, furthermore, “none have been considered as a commercial transaction” (in reference to the inauguration of President Pedro Sánchez). nor protecting crimes of embezzlement and terrorism. The former minister added that the law is being processed as a bill and not as a project because this route would have involved mandatory reports. Margallo does not believe that it will be applied: “I highly doubt it because it is a European issue. And it does not matter that it is in process,” since the EU has the duty to warn when it believes that there is going to be a violation of the rule of law, and he has given as an example what he warned about Romania. Jordi Cañas (Cs) has also denied that the amnesty law applies: “There will be a preliminary ruling and it will not be applied, oh no!, at all”, but he has said that Comín can return to Spain tomorrow because it will happen to him like also former councilor Clara Ponsatí, who for him meant nothing happened to him. Cañas has also denied that it is a true amnesty, but rather an exchange of the investiture of President Pedro Sánchez (PSOE) in exchange for giving immunity to convicted persons, and has added that the concept of amnesty is noble, while in this case “there is no virtue in pacification, coexistence…: these “mandangas” that, according to him, hide really achieving an investiture. Jorge Buxadé (Vox) has assured that this rule “will not be applied, because it is a rule contrary to the Constitution and the EU Treaty.” “With all certainty, the judges, who are not influenced by all ideological prejudices, will apply the law,” he predicted. Júlia Miralles (Comuns) has said that the law is being processed with legal certainty and that “it is not a concern for the European Commission or the European institutions.” EUROPEAN LEGISLATURE Former councilor Comín (Junts) has also defended that the legislature began and ended with a “political success”, based on the CJEU ruling that allowed former president Carles Puigdemont, former vice president Oriol Junqueras and himself to be MEPs. Republican Diana Riba recalled that she started with three empty seats, and hoped that the next one would be marked by the regulation of “cyberweapons”, such as the Pegasus and Candiru spy software. From Cs, Jordi Cañas has replied, defining as a democratic anomaly that the three “participated in a coup d’état, that they did not comply with current legislation and are now MEPs”, and has opted for greater European integration. López (PSC) has made a positive assessment of the legislature, with the response to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, although he considers that there is “a lot to do. The horizon is the enlargement” of the EU. GREEN PACT AND MIGRATION PACT Miralles (comuns) has celebrated that the EU has reversed the logic of austerity when addressing crises, and also that progress has been made in ecological transition with the European Green Pact, but he has regretted that the Migration Pact “it is a setback” and that the EU is not giving answers to the war in Gaza, in his opinion. The popular Margallo believes that it has been a legislature of lights and shadows, and that the war in Gaza has demonstrated the “irrelevance” of the EU, and he has also regretted that Europe is behind the US in connectivity. Buxadé (Vox) believes that the legislature has gone from crisis to crisis, from Brexit to “the biggest attack on the rule of law in the EU, which is what the Government of Spain is producing” by agreeing with the independence movement, and also has criticized that there has been a dismantling of the CAP.

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