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Parliamentary questions
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15 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005796-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE)

 Subject:  EU grants for CATGlobal
 Answer in writing 

The former President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, currently chairs the Catalan Council for the Republic, an organisation which seeks to organise and promote Catalan independence and to implement the unilateral declaration of independence made on 27 October 2017 and suspended by the Constitutional Court.

Recently, a non-profit association called CATGlobal has been created with the aim of providing legal cover for the Council for the Republic. Its Treasurer is Jaime Bernis Calatayud, a lobbyist registered with the European institutions and a shareholder in the consultancy firm TAS Europrojects, which specialises in obtaining grants and funding from various European bodies. One of their clients is the European Commission.

Taking into account Mr Puigdemont’s legal status, the fact that the aims of the organisation he chairs represent a violation of the constitutional order of a Member State, and that EU legislation requires compliance with the Treaties in order to be a beneficiary of a grant (Regulation (EU, Euratom) 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council), can the Commission say:
1. Whether it considers that an organisation such as CATGlobal meets the requirements for obtaining public aid, taking into account its objectives and the legal status of its president?
2. Whether a non-profit association can receive EU grants if its objectives are to subvert the constitutional order of a Member State?
Original language of question: ES 
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