The European Parliament has this afternoon prevented former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and former minister Toni Comín from collecting their credentials as MEPs after Sunday's election.
On Twitter, Puigdemont wrote: "The European Parliament's secretary general has given instructions that neither Toni Comín, Oriol Junqueras nor myself can go through any formalities as MEPs. No legal reason. Pure discrimination. All the other MEPs-elect have been able to do the processes they've blocked us from. Disgraceful!".
El secretari general del Parlament Europeu ha donat instruccions que ni @toni_comin, ni @junqueras ni jo puguem fer cap tràmit com a eurodiputats. Cap raó legal. Discriminació pura. Tots els altres electes han pogut fer els tràmits que a nosaltres ens han impedit. Vergonya! pic.twitter.com/xqwNWe2K0O— Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) 29 de maig de 2019
Spain has not yet officially provided the Parliament with the names of the MEPs elected on Sunday. The successful candidates have, however, been called to appear in Spain's Congress on 17th June to swear loyalty to the Spanish Constitution.
Speaking to media outside the Parliament, Puigdemont said they were told the reason they couldn't complete the formalities was that Spain hadn't yet furnished this list. Spain's other MEPs-elect, however, did manage to do what they needed to today, for example Diana Riba, second behind Junqueras on ERC's list partner of prisoner Raül Romeva.
Also able to collect their credentials were Ciudadanos' new MEPs, for example former president of the Balearic Islands José Ramón Bauzà: "Very happy after my first day in the European Parliament as an MEP," he wrote on Twitter.
Contentísimo después de mi primer día en el Parlamento Europeo como Eurodiputado. @ALDEParty ya está en pleno funcionamiento y @CiudadanosCs será la clave para construir la mejor Europa que hayamos conocido nunca! 🇪🇸🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/mThaEjlegG— José Ramón Bauzá 🇪🇸🇪🇺 (@JRBauza) 29 de maig de 2019