According to Advocate General Szpunar, the appeal brought by Mr Junqueras i Vies against the order of the General Court of the European Union delivered on 15 December 2020 must be dismissed

(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)

That order declared that his action – directed against, inter alia, the declaration by the President of the European Parliament that his seat had become vacant – was inadmissible

By judgment of the Tribunal Supremo (Supreme Court, Spain) delivered on 14 October 2019, Mr Oriol Junqueras i Vies was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment and disqualified from holding any public office for the same period, entailing the loss of all his existing public posts and duties, including those to which he had been elected, and was barred from obtaining or performing any further such posts or duties. The charges brought against him included participation in a process of secession as Vice-President of the Gobierno autonómico de Cataluña (Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain) when a referendum on self-determination was held there. While the criminal proceedings leading to that judgment were still ongoing, Mr Junqueras i Vies was elected as a Member of the European Parliament on 26 May 2019, that result being announced by Spain’s Central Electoral Board in a decision of 13 June 2019. However, since Mr Junqueras i Vies had not been granted authorisation to take the oath to abide by
the Spanish Constitution as persons elected to the European Parliament are required to do under national law, his seat was declared vacant by the Central Electoral Board in a decision of 20 June 2019.

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