European Parliament members don’t represent the official EU position on CAA, says EU

PM Modi at European Union (File Pic)

The EU has distanced itself from the six resolutions against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that have been tabled in the European Parliament by lawmakers from six political groups saying the opinions expressed by the Parliament and its members “do not represent the official position of the European Union”.

India had earlier reacted strongly to the six resolutions which would be tabled and debated in the plenary session of the European Parliament on Wednesday and would be voted on a day later. The move is apparently after New Delhi diplomatically “engaged” Brussels and European parliamentarians, EU and France distance itself from the European Parliament anti-CAA stand.

The EU spokesperson has said, “As per its regular procedures, the Parliament published the draft resolutions. It is important to recall that these texts are only drafts tabled by various political groups in the European Parliament. Let me also remind you that the opinions expressed by the European Parliament and its members do not represent the official position of the European Union.”

France, a founding member of the European Union, considers the new citizenship law an “internal political matter of India” and that European Parliament is an institution “independent of member states” and the European Commission, according to French diplomatic sources.

EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Virginie Battu-Henriksson in an email response to The Indian Express said that the European Parliament is currently planning to hold a debate on legislation adopted by the Government of India last December establishing a fast track procedure for irregular migrants belonging to certain religious groups originating from neighbouring countries.

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