The European Court of Human Rights did not accept the first appeal sent by the legal team of Carles Puigdemont, former head of the Barcelona government, in the case of recognition of his seat in the European Parliament – the action taken by Puigdemont was directed against the Central Electoral Commission of the Junta of Spain for not including his name in the list of members of the European Parliament Which he should have sent to the European Parliament after the elections.
The court, based in Strasbourg, told the lawyers that the request had no purpose, because the European Parliament itself recognized their status, without addressing the remaining aspects of their legal status.
However, the issue raised by Puigdemont remains in legal limbo: the European Court has ruled that the status of the European Parliament is acquired with the announcement of the results. However, this was never recognized by the Central Electoral Council because Spanish legislation stipulates that after the results are announced, the powers of the elected representatives are suspended until they complete the process of appropriating the constitution.
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