Court of Justice rejects the appeal by the Catalan secessionists Puigdemont and Comin

On 1st July the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected the appeal made by the Catalan secessionists Carles Puigdemont and Antoni Comin to oblige the European Parliament to allow them their seat in the hemicycle on 2nd July. The President of the Court deemed that Parliament had to use the results that had officially been declared by the Member States, without giving an opinion about their validity. C. Puigdemont and A. Comín are not on the list of MEPs elected in May by Spain due to their absence from the obligatory swearing in session that takes place before the Spanish Electoral Commission. The President of the Court therefore deemed that he could not consider the two politicians as having been officially declared elected.