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Catalonia wants to stay in European Union - president of Catalan Government

  • Catalonia wants to stay in European Union - president of Catalan Government

Barcelona: Carlos Puigdemont, the president of the Catalan Government, said that Catalonia has close ties with the EU, so when they secede from Spain they want to stay in the EU.

"We want to stay in the EU. We have close ties with the European Union, and we are an active player, "Puigdemont said in an interview with France24.

Also Puigdemont said that the Spanish parliament did not want to discuss the referendum in Catalonia and make it legal.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on September 14 that if the Constitutional Court of Spain recognizes the legitimacy of the referendum on the independence of Catalonia, the European Union will respect this decision and Catalonia should re-enter the EU accession process.

On Wednesday, September 20, the Spanish Civil Guard during a special operation seized in the warehouse of one of the printing houses about 10 million ballots, which were intended for a referendum in Catalonia.

In Catalonia, law enforcement officers conducted searches in local government bodies and already detained 12 people and the Spanish police arrested the assistant to the vice-president of Catalonia, Oriol Hunkeras.

The law on the referendum by the Catalan parliament was adopted on Wednesday, September 6. It states that the referendum on the independence of Catalonia should be held on 1 October. But on the next day, on Thursday, September 7, the Spanish Constitutional Court decided to suspend the law on the referendum. Also, the court suspended the implementation of decrees to hold a proper vote on October 1 of this year.

On Friday, September 8, police conducted searches at the printing house, where they began printing ballots for voting.

On Monday, September 11, on Catalonia Day, up to 2 million inhabitants of the autonomous region took to the streets of Barcelona to celebrate the anniversary of the end of the siege of the city (1714) and express their desire for independence. The Spanish police said that on ostensibly this day the protesters violated the rule of law and even used violence.

The President of the Catalan Generalitat Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday, September 12, said on local radio that there was no violence. He also, despite the repeated insistence of the Spanish government that a referendum will not be held, adamantly declares that the vote will take place and a two-million-strong meeting of the Catalans is this proof.

He also said that the parliament of Catalonia is looking for a way to hold a referendum, so that the residents of the autonomy could express their desire for independence, or object to it. According to the president of the Catalanian Ministry of Education, voting is not a crime.