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Tuesday, 2 July 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Election of the President and Vice-Presidents (appointment of tellers)

  Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL). – Mr President, I rise under Rule 5 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure and also in relation to the issue of accreditation. I want to congratulate all the MEPs who have been elected and been here today, but unfortunately some elected MEPs have been denied access to this House. Three representatives of the Catalan people have been denied representation in this House. This House needs to stand up for democracy and needs to stand up for human rights.


If this House doesn’t value the votes of the people of Catalonia, then the credibility of this House itself will be undermined. So I ask you today, Mr President, to make a statement on behalf of the elected MEPs of this institution, therefore reinforcing the value of democracy and human rights across Europe.

(Sustained applause)

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