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Parliamentary questions
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17 January 2018
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-006177/2017

Pursuant to the law of the European Union, it is exclusively up to the Member States to ensure that they comply with their obligations regarding fundamental rights which result from international agreements and from their national Constitution. In particular, Article 72 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union states that Member States — Spain in the case at hand — are responsible for maintaining law and order and safeguard internal security. Consequently, any action undertaken by its national authorities, including that of an independent enquiry, remains the responsibility of the Member State concerned. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union only applies in the context of the implementation of EC law.

As the Commission has publicly stated on 2 October 2017, beyond the purely legal aspects of this matter, the Commission believes that these are times for unity and stability, not divisiveness and fragmentation.

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