The European Parliament will continue to open the eight petitions made regarding the amnesty law implemented by the Government of Pedro Sánchez and will continue to investigate if this regulation violates the rule of law in our country and, therefore, is against of European Treaties.
And this Tuesday, the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament heard eight requests made by citizens and groups against this law. One of them was presented by former MEPs Rosa Díez and Juan Carlos Girauta representing ten associations in Spain. After listening to your words, these requests will continue their course. This means that, although this parliamentary Commission does not have binding powers, it is able to prepare reports and develop missions to the country of origin while continuing to ask the Commission and the Spanish Government for information about in this process. He also ordered the Justice and Economy commissions to review the law.
The European Commission has been analyzing the Spanish regulations for weeks, but will wait until the completion of its processing by Congress to know its conclusions. Last week, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders answered a parliamentary question asked by Vox that the European Commission would do a “complete, careful and objective analysis.” The representative of the European Commission, who participated this Tuesday in the Petitions Committee, used very similar terms and did not deviate from the script already outlined. An answer that the members of the European PP, Ciudadanos and Vox considered too lukewarm. “We are facing the biggest violation of the rule of law in the history of the EU. We cannot help but think that there is collusion between the European Commission and the Government of Spain,” answered Jorge Buxadé, from the latter group.
“I never thought that I should speak before you to ask for help in defending the freedoms of the Government of Pedro Sánchez in the coalition of communists, an ideology responsible for crimes against humanity; with xenophobic nationalists who carried out a coup. état and the successors of ETA,” said the former UPyD leader and then described the amnesty as a “fraudulent and unconstitutional transaction between a candidate and a fugitive from justice, ” in reference to Carles Puigdemont.
Criticism from a French MEP
Although the debate was led by Spanish MEPs in a commission led by the Popular Party MEP, Dolors Montserrat, there were also interventions by MEPs of other nationalities. “If we accept within the EU that a Member State can trample on the rule of law in this way and call democracy into question, the entire EU will lose its credibility,” warned Frenchwoman Laurence Sailliet, who responded to words of the socialist MEPs who attacked. the petitioners.
“I am not here to create drama or insult anyone, but to tell you that in France there are many of us who are worried about what is happening in Spain. This is not only an amnesty law, but a law from a political negotiation to form a government”, criticized the policies of the Republicans.
Meanwhile, the socialist Cristina Maestre called the debate a “new joke” and assured that Rosa Diez “insulted the socialists” after failing in her previous attempts to lead the party.
“Reconciliation with those who do not recognize the damage is not reconciliation, but the Stockholm syndrome,” said Ciudadanos MEP Maite Pagazaurtundua. “This is not an amnesty, it is an impunity, immunity and amnesia for those who break the coexistence and social peace of Catalonia, violate the Constitution and the Statute, embezzling public money, agree with Putin,” attacked Jordi Cañas of the same party. policy.
“In 2021, the Spanish Government ruled in official legal reports on pardons that the amnesty is ‘clearly unconstitutional’. This doctrine is defended in almost the same terms by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Court. Now it has become fully constitutional. ,” criticized the Popular Party MEP Javier Zarzalejos, who also pointed out that “in the Parliament it is well understood that the goal of Sánchez’s amnesty is to give impunity in exchange for power.”
After listening to all the interventions, the European People’s Party, the Releasables (Renew) and the European Conservatives and Reformists voted in favor of these eight petitions that remain open. Meanwhile, the Community Executive continues to carry out its analysis and weeks ago sent a question to the Spanish authorities.