Self-determination processes in the EU – The case of Catalonia
In recent years, several EU Member States have faced claims from one of their constituent regions to be granted the right to decide on their separation from the state – most prominently Scotland, Flanders and Catalonia. In each case, what is at the forefront of political debate is not only the constitutional possibilities that exist in each state for such a separation to come into effect in the first place. Equally at stake is the question of the putative new state’s status vis-à-vis EU membership.
This half-day conference will assess both implications by concentrating, albeit not exclusively, on the case of Catalonia. Public figures from the Catalan media and academia, representing different standpoints in the debate, will discuss recent efforts in Catalonia that have sought to argue for the legitimacy of a public referendum on separation. Constitutional and political experts will then assess what possibilities and constraints exist domestically for attempts at separation, not least in comparison with other cases in the EU, and the issues which arise under EU law where these are constitutionally possible within the Member State.
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