ECJ rules Oriol Junqueras has the right to be a MEP


Today, European Court of Justice has ruled that our colleague Oriol Junqueras has the right to be a Member of the European Parliament. The Spanish Supreme Court had ruled that Junqueras could not take up his seat after he was elected in the last European elections in May, as he was in pretrial detention for having participated in the organization of a self-determination referendum in Catalonia. The Greens/EFA group has long been calling for a political solution.
Ska Keller MEP, President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, comments:
"We have always defended the right of our colleague to take up his seat and we welcome that the ECJ now recognises this right. The European Parliament is the body competent to defend Oriol Junqueras' immunity.  We request Mr Sassoli to enforce the ruling of the ECJ by protecting the rights of an elected Member of this chamber and ensure the protection of his immunity in order to exercise his mandate. The implementation of this ruling is essential to protect the rights of Mr Junqueras but also to protect the functioning and independence of the European Parliament.