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Parliamentary questions
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5 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001670-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE)

 Subject:  Preventing tensions between autonomous communities in Spain
 Answer in writing 

The European Commission, which has given a number of public statements on the existing tensions between autonomous communities in Spain, has made it clear that a breach of the internal legal order of a Member State constitutes a breach of the Treaties.

The Commission has, however, remained silent on the position of the main Spanish political parties and governing institutions, which for four decades have flagrantly disregarded the constitutional provisions on the issue of territorial integrity.

What is more, in an attempt to outdo one another as true representatives of the most egregious Spanish nationalism, a number of political leaders have recently championed and encouraged these breaches of the law and, should they be elected, have affirmed their commitment to go even further.

As a result, these politicians are fuelling a dispute that will only exacerbate tensions between autonomous communities in Spain.

1. Should the Commission, in the interests of neutrality, not condemn the legal breaches outlined above?

2. Does it believe this attitude to be in line with the EU motto, united in diversity, and with the resolution on national minority rights adopted by the European Parliament?

3. Will it take action to prevent a foreseeable increase in tensions between Spain’s autonomous communities?

Original language of question: ES 
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