The official status of Catalans in the European Union will not be taken up at the next meeting of the EU General Affairs Council, but it will remain on the European agenda. This was confirmed yesterday by the Belgian Ambassador to Spain, Geert Cocks, during a visit to Barcelona, during which he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Meritexel Serret, and held an event alongside the government representative in Catalonia, Carlos Brito.
As Coccus pointed out, the decision is awaiting postponement to receive all reports on the “financial and legal consequences” of accepting the entry of the Catalans, as well as the Basques and Galicians. On the other hand, he pledged to address the matter as soon as he receives all information from the government and the European Commission. “When we receive the reports, we will move forward,” he announced from the European Union headquarters in the Catalan capital.
Doubts about Lithuania
Since the official status of the Catalans was first discussed in the European Union, last September, several countries have expressed their doubts. The latest to do so was the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda, who expressed concern – in an interview with El Mundo newspaper – that accepting the Catalan language could lead to a wave of similar requests, mainly because of the difficulty of the style it might assume. This issue, along with the economic and bureaucratic aspects, is one of the main doubts repeatedly expressed by the Twenty-Seven.
But they call on the government to show “calm” and “wisdom” and consider that, despite the doubts expressed by some countries, none of them have used an “explicit veto”, so they consider that the negotiations are continuing forward. Government sources say: “Doubts are raised, and there is no closed door,” considering that the process is proceeding “in the usual ways.”
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