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Parliamentary questions
17 February 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Statements by the President of the Commission on Scotland and the Union (1)

In statements to the British public television broadcaster (BBC) the President of the Commission, Mr Durão Barroso, has said that the adhesion of Scotland to the EU, in the event that it voted for independence, would be ‘extremely difficult, if not impossible’(1).

Does the Commission consider that these statements by Mr Durão Barroso help to foment the European spirit and heritage in these times of growing euro-scepticism, particularly in Great Britain?

On what grounds does Mr Durão Barroso base his wish to expel from the Union territories that are pro-European and fulfil the Copenhagen criteria, when at the same time negotiations are taking place for the adhesion of States that are finding it difficult to comply with them?

Does the Commission believe that these statements by Mr Durão Barroso are compatible with the democratic principle that is the foundation of the EU?

Does the Commission believe that these statements by Mr Durão Barroso are appropriate and comply with its policy of not interfering in Member States’ internal democratic and electoral processes?

(1) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26215963

Original language of question: ESOJ C 309, 11/09/2014
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