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Parliamentary questions
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11 November 2014
Question for written answer E-009058-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
José Blanco López (S&D)

 Subject:  Consultation in Catalonia
 Answer in writing 

The vote in Catalonia on 9 November, which was held without legal guarantees, is evidence of the division in Catalan society brought about by both the inaction of the Spanish Government and the hard-line approach of certain Catalan political groupings.

It is a strategy which has resulted in an impasse in Catalonia due to the lack of willingness to look for common ground both on the part of those seeking to overturn the existing legal framework in Spain by subterfuge — without, in addition, explaining to society the costs of hypothetical independence — and on the part of those who believe that the rule of law is enough without addressing the heart of the problem.

Of course, it is increasingly evident that the solution to the territorial crisis in Spain requires the impetus of a constitutional amendment based on dialogue and consensus in order to redefine the model for coexistence.

Could the Commission comment on the situation described and specify what consequences unilateral secession would have for Catalonia in relation to the EU?

Original language of question: ES 
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