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Risks and consequences of a possible Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Catalonia

  • Servitir
  • 10/10/2017

To date, the number of Catalan transport companies operating in Spain amounts to 17,468 with a fleet of 46,253 vehicles. Up to 4,405 companies operate in the European Union. These companies wouldn’t have guaranteed freedom of transit in Spain and other European countries as reported by the National Federation of Transport Associations of Spain (Fenadismer).
Despite being approved by the Parliament of Catalonia in September, the Law of legal and foundational transitories expressly declaring the validity of all Spanish and Community legislation in the hypothetical new Catalan State, there are numerous doubts and uncertanties surrounding whether transport companies established in Catalonia would have full freedom of transit to be able to work both in Spanish territory and throughout the rest of the European Union.
In order to avoid all the volatility of the moment and to distance themselves from the risk of an imminent Declaration of Independence in Catalonia, numerous transport companies are choosing to follow the fashion of moving their social domiciles to the Spanish state. Among them is MRW express courier, based in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona),who sent a statement announcing its decision to move its headquarters to Valencia, although they have not provided further details.
Due to all this disturbance and the large number of queries of Catalan transport companies on the possibility of moving to neighboring cities, Fenadismer has announced that it will request from the Ministry of Development and the European Commission an interpretative opinion on the effects and consequences which an unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia would have on the road transport sector both nationally and internationally.


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