The EU has continued to bat away questions from journalists about the crisis in Catalonia, as a spokesperson on Friday declined to be drawn on recent events, including the flight of ousted president Carles Puigdemont to Belgium.
The Commission denied to say if European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker would discuss the issue with Spanish officials during a visit next week.
“It is a judiciary issue, for the judicial authorities. The judicial authorities are independent. We respect that independence,” said Annilka Breidthardt, a spokeswoman.