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Minister Serret: "In our opinion and that of the European institutions, the Pegasus case is far from closed"

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Minister Serret: "In our opinion and that of the European institutions, the Pegasus case is far from closed"

The Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Meritxell Serret i Aleu, spoke at a Catalan Government press conference this morning to assess the preliminary report of the European Parliament’s PEGA Committee

The Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Meritxell Serret i Aleu, reported that the Catalan Government received the preliminary report from the European Parliament's PEGA Committee “with great satisfaction” and applauded the “warning” it represented for the Spanish Government. “For us, the Pegasus case remains open; it is a serious case that infringes and attacks fundamental and political rights,” said Serret, who went on to underline that the publication of the draft report from the chamber’s Committee “demonstrates that the issue is far from closed for European institutions as well”.

Serret also expressed her approval of “the inclusion of the 65 proponents of Catalan independence affected by the Pegasus case, and not just the 18 the Spanish authorities admit to”. She added that the Catalan Government criticised“the lack of diligence on the part of the Spanish authorities in investigating these cases as well as in providing European institutions with information”.

The head of Foreign Action and European Union stressed that the Government of Catalonia would continue to work“with precision, discretion and solemnity in order to fully guarantee that this case of espionage be resolved”.

In fact, the Catalan Government has already put forward initiatives promoting legislation to regulate the use of such spyware, one of which is the Geneva Declaration, promoted jointly with the international NGO Access Now and which already has the support of international players such as Amnesty International.

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