EU should promote debate on Catalonia, says MEP
The Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius states that “only political dialogue leads to full agreement”
The Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius stated that the European parliament should promote “more debate and political dialogue” on the current political situation in Catalonia, since "only dialogue will lead to full agreement."
He also stressed that "if people believe and have willpower, independence will be achieved, sooner or later." "I wish for Catalonia and for the people of people of Catalonia not to lose hope," noted Austrevicius, from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) parliamentary group.
In an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ACN), the Lithuanian MEP recalled that it took 10 years for his country to “break down the Soviet wall” and achieve independence from the Soviet Union. It then took ten more years before Lithuania joined the European Union. "Countries, large or small, should never give up on their hope for independence and sovereignty," he said. Still, the Lithuanian MEP pointed out that the ways to achieve independence “are different” in each country, as “the world has changed”.
"Countries, large or small, should never give up on their hope for independence and sovereignty"
Petras Austrevicius · ALDE MEP
“Democracy and self-determination” as fundamental values
In an event to commemorate the European parliament’s support for the right to self-determination of the Baltic States, the European commissioners Andrus Ansip and Valdis Dombrovskis, from Estonia and Latvia respectively, defended “democracy and self-determination” as fundamental values. “We must always remember the fundamental values of democracy and self-determination,” said Ansip.
In addition, the Estonian European Commissioner highlighted that the European parliament was “the only international institution” that “reacted to the message of those who fought for the freedom of the Baltic countries.” For his part, Dombrovskis, stressed that at that time the European parliament showed "on whose side it was" when supporting people in the Baltic countries.