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Press release

MEPs support legalisation of Sortu

EFA press release by MEP François Alfonsi (U Partitu di a Nazione Corsa)

The MEPs endorsing the following statement welcome Sortu the "new political and organisational project" presented 7th February and whose statutes reject all kinds of violence, ETA's included. Such an announcement takes us closer to a lasting and sustainable peace in the Basque Country.

We don't necessarily share the presented political project, but we understand that such a political party has the right to be legal and contest elections as any other party. We call on the Spanish authorities not to put any additional barriers.

We understand that for a resolutive dialogue to be set up, all the parties should take part on equal conditions, and so the Abertzale Left should be legalised.

We want to call on all parties to make an effort for the resolution of the conflict.  Peace in the Basque Country is peace in the very heart of Europe, and so we must understand it.

March 2011, Brussels


François Alfonsi, Corsica,  EFA/Greens
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Euskadi, ALDE
José Bové, France, EFA/Greens
Frieda Brepoels, Flandres, EFA/Greens
Bairbre de Brún, Ireland, GUE/NGL
Nikolaos Chountis, Greece, GUE/NGL
Pat the Cope Gallagher, Ireland, ALDE
Catherine Grèze, France, EFA/Greens
Marian Harkin, Ireland, ALDE
Oriol Junqueras, Catalunya, EFA/Greens
Jürgen Klute, Germany, GUE/NGL
Marisa Matias, Portugal, GUE/NGL
Jiří Maštálka, Czech Republic, GUE/NGL
Miloslav Ransdorf, Czech Republic, GUE/NGL
Raül Romeva i Rueda, Catalunya, EFA/Greens
Alyn Smith, Scotland, EFA/Greens
Csaba Sógor, Rumania, EPP
Bart Staes, Flanders, EFA/Greens
Eva-Britt Svensson, Sweden, GUE/NGL
Marie-Christine Vergiat, France, GUE/NGL
Tatjana Ždanoka, Latvian EFA/Greens


The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament includes MEPs from Scotland, Wales, Catalonia, Flanders, Corsica and Latvia, who advance the cause of Europe's stateless nations, regions and disadvantaged minorities. Greens/EFA is an alliance of different parties from different Member States. Press statements on this website do not necessarily bind all parties. The Group respects the rights of minorities within it to take a separate line from the majority

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