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EU must facilitate Catalan-Spanish Dialogue – Boylan

17 May, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Today, Sinn Féin Dublin MEP, Lynn Boylan participated in a delegation of the EU Catalan Platform for Dialogue in Berlin.

The purpose of the delegation was to meet with the exiled President of the Catalan Government, Carles Puigdemont to receive an update on the current situation. The Platform then hosted an International Press Conference.

Ms Boylan addressed the press conference and called on the European Institutions to facilitate constructive dialogue between the Spanish and Catalans, saying:  

“The Spanish State are undermining fundamental rights and the EU cannot simply sit on the sidelines while the situation continues to deteriorate.  By issuing European arrest warrants for political purposes, the Spanish Government have directly involved other Member States, this is deeply concerning and the EU is in a position to mediate dialogue to move the situation forward.

“Today, the Catalan Government have successfully elected an interim President, therefore the EU Catalan Platform for Dialogue believe that the Spanish Government cannot justify a continuation of direct rule. The platform also called for the release of political prisoners and the dropping of the charges against those in exile.  The election of a President and the formation of a new government should be welcomed and seen as an opportunity. The EU Institutions should seize that opportunity and facilitate constructive dialogue without delay.

“We are witnessing the erosion of fundamental human rights in a number of Member States and two of those Member State’s ruling parties are in the same political group as Fine Gael, the European People’s Party.  There is no doubt that, due to the fact that this is the largest group in the European Parliament, any solution to the situation is being impeded.  It is imperative that Fine Gael MEPs encourage their Spanish Popular Party colleagues to engage in meaningful dialogue and respect fundamental rights.”

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