Grounds for intervention of the EU in the conflict between Madrid and the regional government of Catalonia no. This was stated by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, reports Deutsche Welle.
“The position of the EU institutions and member States is clear: there is no place for mediation or international initiatives or actions. I don’t expect extensive discussions about the situation,” — said Tusk.
He said that it is in constant contact with the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, and that the situation in the country was troubling him. Tusk also added that Brussels has no formal reason for intervention in the situation.
October 19, the Spanish government said it will start the procedure of applying 155th article of the Constitution suspending the Autonomous status of Catalonia. On 21 October, the Cabinet of Ministers will convene for an extraordinary meeting to discuss next steps for the region.
Earlier, the head of the government of Catalonia Carles Pujdeme rejected the ultimatum to Madrid to Catalonia to abandon the desire for independence, but again expressed willingness to dialogue with the Spanish authorities.
The plebiscite on independence was held in the region on 1 October. More than 90 percent of those who voted for its secession from Spain. The Central government tried to prevent the referendum, including power methods. Suffered 893 people. Madrid of the will recognizes and considers his results null and void.