Statement by President Sassoli on the composition of the European Parliament 

 

Statement by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli

"Following the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C-502/19, Junqueras Vies, of 19 December 2019, the mandates of Mr Junqueras i Vies, Mr Puigdemont i Casamajó and Mr Comín i Oliveres started on 2 July 2019 on the basis of the official declaration of the results of the elections by the competent Spanish authorities.

"However, taking into account the decision of the Junta Electoral Central of 3 January 2020 and pursuant to the decision of the Tribunal Supremo of 9 January 2020, the mandate of Mr Junqueras i Vies terminated with effect on 3 January 2020.

"It follows from the case-law of the Court of Justice that the European Parliament is obliged to take note without delay of the final decisions of the competent judicial authorities of the Member States.

"Therefore, I will announce in plenary on Monday 13 January 2020 the start of mandate of the three Members on 2 July 2019 and the termination of the mandate of Mr Junqueras i Vies on 3 January 2020. I will ask the competent Spanish authorities to quickly notify to Parliament the name of the new Member."

Background information:

On 19 December 2019, the last sitting of Parliament’s plenary session of 2019, the President informed the Parliament about the content and consequences of the judgement of the Court of Justice in case C-502/19, Junqueras Vies, published on the same day.

After an in-depth assessment of the effects of the judgment on the composition of Parliament by Parliament's services, the President instructed the administration to open the mandates of the three Members.

In their decisions, as communicated to Parliament, both the Junta Electoral Central and the Tribunal Supremo acknowledged the existence of the mandates of the three Members.

With regard to relevant case-law concerning the termination of a mandate, see judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C-208/03 of 7 July 2005.