Tatjana Ždanoka (Verts/ALE ). – Madam President, my request to make a one-minute speech on the withdrawal of democratic rights to vote in elections and stand for election in Spain was sent to the Secretariat last Wednesday, at which time the Supreme Court, at the request of the Spanish Government, had banned the Bildu electoral coalition formed by two legal parties, Eusko Alkartasuna and Alternatiba , as well as independent candidates.
As a member of the Basque Friendship Group ‘Toward a peace process in the Basque Country’, I was among those signing the declaration aimed at requesting the Spanish Government to reconsider its position and take all necessary measures to ensure that the elections held on 22 May respect basic democratic principles.
Last Friday, meanwhile, by a decision of the Spanish Constitutional Court, Bildu was allowed to stand for election. I very much welcome this decision and wish to express my hope that the elections held on 22 May in the Basque Country will be conducted in accordance with all international standards relating to democracy and electoral law.