The conciliation committee created for this matter has decided to include a “discussion and decision” point in the group meeting that will take place on Wednesday morning. The request of the two independent politicians has been included as the first item on the agenda.
This debate also includes the future integration of the independence policy escaped from Spanish Justice and settled in Scotland by Clara Ponsatí, which is part of the group of five Spanish MEPs that would enter the Eurochamber once Brexit becomes effective.
The statutes of the group establish that the decision to accept the integration of MEPs from parties that do not belong to Los Verdes or ALE, as is the case of Puigdemont and Comín, must be taken by consensus or through a vote in which their admission must be approved by absolute majority.
Since it has been impossible for the conciliation group, consisting of two MEPs from Los Verdes and two others from ALE – among them Diana Riba from ERC – to reach a common point, it is foreseeable that a vote be called .
Puigdemont and Comín have requested to enter the group through the ALE subgroup, of which ERC is also part. However, this party, made up of different European nationalist formations, is the minority part of the group, since it only has 7 MEPs out of the 74 that Los Verdes / ALE currently has (not counting Junqueras).
In this sense, the co-president of Los Verdes, the Belgian Philippe Lamberts, recently expressed his refusal to accept the integration of Puigdemont and Comín and even went on to state that his request posed “a problem” for environmental training.
This does not mean, however, that all ‘green’ MEPs are going to express themselves against it, since they will be free to vote if a vote is finally called.