The motions calling for the lifting of the immunities of Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí, accused in Spain of sedition, were approved by 15 votes to 8 and 2 abstentions during the vote in Committee, said these sources.
The case will be put to the vote of MEPs at the plenary session of the European Parliament organized from March 8 to 11.
In the event that parliamentary immunity is waived, it is up to the authorities of the MEP’s country to decide whether or not to withdraw his mandate.
Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Clara Ponsati were elected during the Europeans in May 2019.
The procedure for lifting their immunity as MEPs was launched in January 2020.
Targeted by an arrest warrant issued by Spain for “sedition” and “embezzlement of public funds”, the former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont took refuge in Belgium to escape Spanish justice after the attempted secession of its region in 2017.