Following a request from the Spanish Supreme Court, the European Parliament has officially launched the process of lifting the immunities of separatist MEPs Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin, who have both been charged in Spain due to their involvement in the illegal referendum for Catalonia’s independence.
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The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee will hear the MEPs concerned and examine their case behind closed doors. Eventually, it will issue a recommendation to either lift or defend the immunity they currently enjoy as MEPs on which EU lawmakers will decide by a simple majority. Out of the 50 requests issued during its past mandate, only four got rejected. (Beatriz Rios | EURACTIV.com)