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"Europe needs to be ready for the prospect of Catalan independence", say EFA party MEPs

25/01/2013

Evans, Alfonsi, Miranda and Brepoels argue that the EU "must be ready for constructive dialogue based on the democratically expressed will of the Catalan people" · The statement follows a declaration of sovereignty that the Catalan Parliament passed on Wednesday

European Free Alliance (EFA) party MEPs Jill Evans, François Alfonsi, Ana Miranda and Frieda Brepoels yesterday said in a statement that "Europe needs to be ready for the prospect of Catalan independence" and that the "European Commission cannot pretend that this isn't happening nor can they ignore the democraticwill of the Catalan people". MEPs refer to the declaration that was passed on Wednesday but the Catalan Parliament, in which the Catalan people was declared a "sovereign political and legal subject".

EFA is a European political party consisting of several national parties seeking independence or autonomy for their stateless nations or regions. Evans, Alfonsi, Miranda and Breopels are members of Plaid Cymru, Party of the Corsican Nation, Galician Nationalist Bloc and New Flemish Alliance, respectively.

The four MEPs argue that the EU "must be ready for constructive dialogue based on the democratically expressed will of the Catalan people". Parties advocating for a referendum on independence got 87 out of 135 MPs in last Catalan election. 85 MPs passed a resolution for Catalan sovereignty on Wednesday, while 41 voted against.

Support to the Catalan declaration is not only to be found among EFA ranks. Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists MEP Derk Jan Epping said on Twitter that "Europe has to respect this act of democracy".

Catalan Countries/Països Catalans

General information
Territories: the Catalan Countries are made up of several countries and territories, including Catalonia, the Valencian Country, the Balearic Islands and the Franja (Kingdom of Spain), Northern Catalonia (French Republic) and the Principality of Andorra (sovereign state).
Population: 13.600.000 inhabitants (est)
Area: 65.000 km² (est)
Institutions: Autonomous governments of Catalonia, Valencian Country, Balearic Islands and Government of Andorra
State administration: Kingdom of Spain (Catalonia, Valencian Country, Balearic Islands and Franja), French Republic (Northern Catalonia) and Principality of Andorra
Major cities: Barcelona, València, Palma, Perpinyà
Territorial languages: Catalan, Occitan (Aran Valley and Fenolleda) and Spanish (western counties of the Valencian Country)
Official languages: Catalan (Catalonia, Valencian Country, Balearic Islands and Andorra), Occitan (Catalonia), Spanish (Catalonia, Valencian Country, Balearic Islands and Franja) and French (Northern Catalonia)
Major religion: Christianity (Catholicism)

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