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Spain's Treasury Ministry's intentions to accuse, and report, the 200 Catalan mayors who travelled to Brussels last Wednesday to support president Carles Puigdemont, the ministers with him and the political prisoners back in Spain of having used public money have not given the result they might have hoped for.

After Cristóbal Montoro, the Treasury minister, justified in the Congress the denunciation of the mayors based on the argument that "they cannot use public resources to fund it", MEP Ramon Tremosa took to Twitter to deny they had. Specifically, he published a statement "to whom it may concern" from Guy Verhofstadt, the president of the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) group and Alexander Beels, their secretary general, saying that Tremosa "did not request and did not receive" money from the European Parliament group to finance the trip to Brussels.