Ana GOMES MEP (Portugal, S&D) raises concerns about the policy of Pedro Sanchez government, dealing with the Catalan independence issue as if it is a legal problem, instead of acknowledging its political nature. Gomes promotes dialogue between Madrid and Barcelona, breaking the deadlock through talks. She is also concerned about the methods of repressing of Catalan politicians, reminiscent of times of General Franco regime. “Yes, I have to acknowledge it, there are political prisoners in Spain“, Gomessaid. She criticises the position of the Human rights Commissioner Frans Timmermans, who prefers to ignore the existence of political prisoners in Spain. Gomes questions the freedom of press in Spain, and inquires if there is a practice of self-censorship among mass media journalists in covering Catalan issue. Among the prisoners is the former colleague of Ana Gomes – MEP Raül Romeva i Rueda appointed later the Minister for External and Institutional Relations of Catalonia.
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Ana GOMES reflects on the ways of possible solutions of a radicalisation phenomenon in EU after exchange of views with experts during European Parliament Special Committee on Terrorism hearing in Brussels (08/04/2018). According to Centre d’Analyse du Terrorisme
@CAT_Centre (Strasbourg) at present between 60 000 and 70 000 radicalised individuals are under surveillance in EU member-states (dependent on classification). However monitoring as such is not a panacea: local communities have role to play, but they need an efficient support on the EU level.
On Thursday, January 25, MEPs from the Civil liberties committee and the Panama Papers special committee, which concluded its work by the end of 2017, will discuss the outcome of their recent visit to Malta to investigate the rule of law issues in the country as well as allegations of corruption and money laundering. The MEPs’ delegation led by Portuguese Socialist Ana Gomes (pictured) would now present its report and recommendations to the Committee of Civil Liberties and pursue “continued dialogue with the European commission in the run-up to an article 7 procedure”, a formal audit of the rule of law in an EU member state.
MEP Ana GOMES (S&D, Portugal) who led the delegation to Malta to draw the report, ahead of the hearing said:
From Strasbourg plenary