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8 December 2017
Answer given by President Juncker on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-006357/2017

The Commission is following developments related to the functioning of justice systems in all Member States. In particular, the Commission continuously monitor the quality, independence and efficiency of national justice systems, including for Spain, in the context of the European Semester.

On the basis of the information available, the Commission has no indications that the safeguards provided by the national legal system are not capable of effectively protecting the rule of law in Spain.

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

In the same statement the Commission called on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue. Violence can never be an instrument in politics. The Commission expressed its trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to manage this difficult process in full respect of the Spanish Constitution and of the fundamental rights of citizens enshrined therein.

The position of the Commission on this issue was echoed by First Vice-President Timmermans in his intervention in the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on 4 October 2017.

On 11 October 2017, the Commission again reiterated its earlier call for the full respect of the Spanish Constitutional order and its trust in the Spanish Institutions and all political forces who are working towards a solution within the framework of the Spanish Constitution.

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