The EC denies having sent “a formal letter” to the Spanish government

The EC states it could only take a formal position on Catalan independence if the state previously defined what the legal framework would be after secession.

The Catalan campaign, polarized around the separatist debate, is increasing its European dimension. Beyond Catalan and Spanish positioning it is also necessary to know the opinion of the “European Government”, namely the European Commission (EC). The Spanish government has accordingly asked EC Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, who had already positioned herself over a possible formal independence of Catalonia. Today El País announces the EC takes Rajoy’s thesis on an independent Catalonia being ousted from the EU. The EC, however, has made its point clear.

EU official sources explained that “There was no formal letter between Reding and the Spanish government”. Therefore the letter reproduced by El País has no political significance beyond being a mere response to a previous letter.

“The Commission’s position has not changed: As we said last week, if a state wants to know what would happen in the event of the secession of a region, the first thing to do is to clearly define the scenario before asking the EC legal services to study it” said the EC. Therefore Reding cannot have expressed any EC positioning, since there has been no previous formal petitioning from Spain and a detailed analysis has not yet been made by EC experts.

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