Citizen's Petition to the President of the European Commission, Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen

Citizen's Petition to the President of the European Commission, Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen

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Foro Ciudadano España Constitucional started this petition to Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission (President of the European Commission)

To: The President of the European Commission

Subject: Breach of restrictive measures / COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2017/2063 of 13 November 2017concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela

Dear Mrs. Von der Leyen,

We, the signatories of this document and also the members of FORO CIUDADANO ESPAÑA CONSTITUCIONAL, a civil organization of Spanish citizens open to all those willing to defend the principles contained in the Spanish Constitution, without excluding any political likes or preferences, wish to draw your attention to a particularly gross violation of Regulations and Resolutions of the European Union concerning restrictive measures by the Government of Spain.


As it was widely reported by the Spanish media, a person, whose name is Delcy Rodríguez and figures on the list of people banned from entering or even overflying the European Union airspace, landed in Madrid Barajas airport in a private jet, where she was not only non-arrested or banned from entry, but even greeted by a Minister of the Government, who arrived around midnight without calling attention upon him in a private car and no guards. When exposed, the Minister produced several contradictory statements, trying to explain this meeting. Firstly, by denying even being at the airport; then telling he was there indeed, but only to talk to someone else on the plane; later, correcting himself by saying he did say hello (“against his likes”) to the forbidden passenger on board, and even later on, recognizing to have held a private 25-minute meeting with her, already in the airport terminal. The passenger was not only non-arrested, but in all lights protected by the Minister and left the airport some 12 hours after her arrival.

The Facts:

1.- Sunday January 19th: a Falcon 900 LX (TC-AKE) jet belonging to SkyValet, a Turkish airline for private flights, lands in Barajas. On board is Delcy Rodríguez, vice-president of Venezuela, in company of Félix Plasencia, Venezuela´s Minister for Tourism. Mrs. Rodríguez is banned from entering the Schengen, figuring on the list of 25 people subject to the Ruling of the European Council 217/2063 as of November 13th , 2017 in relation to Venezuela. The ruling explicitly states that the sanctions shall be applied “in the Territory of the Union, including its airspace”. Mrs. Rodríguez is one of the names contained in the list of high ranking persons sanctioned for their complicity in the repression and violation of Human Rights in Venezuela. The ruling applies in the EU space, including its airspace and on board of any airplane or vessel under the jurisdiction of a Member State; L 295/28 ES. Official Press of the European Union 14.11.2017.

2.- A police officer in Barajas calls the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Fernando Grande Marlaska, warning him of the presence of a forbidden person, Mrs. Delcy Rodríguez. Mr. Marlaska calls in turn Mr. Ábalos, Minister for Transportation, in order to warn him that Mrs. Rodríguez may in no way enter Spain. Mr. Ábalos had arrived to the airport at about midnight in a private car with no escorts.

3.-Mr. José Luis Ábalos admitted having held a meeting with Mrs. Rodríguez at about midnight from Sunday 19th to Monday 20th , on the grounds that his plane was forced to land and refuel in Madrid, where he took the opportunity to greet his personal friend, Mr. Felix Plasencia, Minister of Tourism of Venezuela, and, once there, by sheer coincidence, knew that Mrs. Rodriguez was on board, so the minister was forced to greet her simply out of courtesy. Later, it became clear that Ms. Rodriguez descended into the VIP area of the airport and remained there for a period of time, accompanied by Mr. Ábalos and other people.

4.-A private finding has determined that the same aircraft has performed at least 16 flights between Venezuela and Turkey (this time the final destination) without the need to refuel.

5.- On January 29th ES-Radio, in the program of Federico Jiménez Losantos, informed receiving a call from an airport officer, advising that the automatic warning for forbidden passengers was deactivated in Barajas, thus providing a shield to Mrs. Rodríguez presence there.

6.- The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, publicly expresses lack of knowledge that would allow him to know if “violation of EU sanctions on Venezuela” ocurred. Borrell stated having “no specific information” about it. One might wonder whether it was a lack of knowledge or a lack of interest on his part. After such declaration, it becomes at least doubtful if Spain should lead EU´s agenda on Venezuela.

After the aforementioned, we formally request your intervention as the President of the European Commission to ask for public explanations from the Government of Spain and take the necessary actions to ensure that all these measures are pursued in a serious manner and finally prevent similar cases from happening again.

We firmly believe that all these events constitute a highly irregular situation including a gross violation of non-compliance with European decisions by the Government of Spain. We, thus consider that the institution over which you preside cannot ignore these facts, being our duty to inform you properly.

Vigo, the 3rd of February, 2020


Sincerely yours,


ANNEX: We, the undersigned citizens, endorse this petition below this letter



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