Brussels votes in committee if it lifts the immunity of Puigdemont, Comín and Ponsatí. Once the Committee on Legal Affairs has pronounced, the issue will go to the plenary of the European Parliament.
The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament votes on Tuesday the proposal to lift the parliamentary immunity of Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí , the first step before the matter passes to the plenary session of the European Parliament the week of March 8.
Popular, liberal and socialists have a sufficient majority in the committee and in the plenary session to cast a vote that is expected to be favorable to leaving the three pro-independence MEPs without immunity.
The result of the vote – scheduled for 5:00 p.m. this Tuesday – will not be officially announced, in principle, until Wednesday morning, since due to the pandemic many MEPs cast their vote electronically and they have lengthened the deadlines to count the total votes.
The Commission reviewed this Monday the report on the request of Puigdemont, Comín and Ponsatí, which recommends lifting the immunity of the three MEPs, considering that the events for which they are being processed took place before they entered the European Parliament and Therefore, they are not linked to their exercise as members of the European Parliament, a necessary condition for the European Parliament to deny a request for the lifting of immunity.
The report thus responds positively to the request of the Spanish Justice at the beginning of 2020.
The majority among the 24 members of this commission (equivalent to 13 votes in favor) would be reached with the favorable opinion of the parliamentary groups in which the PP, the PSOE, Citizens and Vox are framed .
The European People’s Party (EPP) has 7 members on this commission, including 5 from the Social Democrats , 4 from the Liberals from Renew Europe and 2 from the Conservatives and Reformists, which, if they all voted in favor, would add a comfortable majority 18 votes out of 24.
The PSOE delegation in the European Parliament has not made its position public. However, according to party sources cited by the ACN agency, the Socialists will vote in favor of lifting the immunity to the three leaders of JxCat .