The president of the European People’s Party (EPP), Manfred Weber, says that there is “no comparable case” to the amnesty that the PSOE negotiated with the Junts for those convicted of process and that the European Union should act in this situation.
In other countries, there is the principle of amnesty, a law of forgiveness based on some of the European Constitutions. But I don’t know of any similar cases,” he said in an interview with The Spaniards published this Sunday. “Here, it looks like there are more than a thousand people who will get amnesty. And we must always remember the victims. Behind each case, there is not only criminal activity based on the law but also on the decision of an independent court in Spain. Behind all these more than a thousand cases, there are always victims,” he said. “The people who are suffering And the people who died, as far as I know, because of terrorism cases are covered by this amnesty law,” added Weber.
“This is an unparalleled example of the EU” and that’s why, Weber believes, it should “give priority to the European level”. “It is our task as the European Union to make it clear that we are a union based on the fundamental principle of the rule of law.”
He pointed out that “it is too early to make a very clear assessment of Spain”, but confirmed that “Europe does not lack the tools.” “We can move, and we must act when the facts are clear, he defended.
‘What I am asking now is for the Commission to present a clear assessment of what is on the table. What is in that agreement? And I am sure that, considering, once again, civil society, associations of judges, and the institutional declaration of the CGPJ, it is obvious that Europe must act. To me, that is clear because of the facts,” Weber insisted.