Barcelona, ​​September 21 (EFE) .- The Parliament of Catalonia constituted this Wednesday the commission of inquiry into political espionage against the separatists, chaired by the former minister of the government of 1-O and deputy spokesman of the ‘ERC at the Catalan Chamber, Meritxell Serret.

The president of the JxCat group in Parliament, Albert Batet, was chosen as vice-president of the commission, while the CUP deputy Montserrat Vinyets provides the secretariat.

The constitutive session took place this Wednesday, before next week’s general policy debate sets the tone for the start of a parliamentary journey which begins with new turbulence between the two government partners, ERC and JxCat.

Independence groups have shown no cracks in the constitution of this commission of inquiry, which will investigate allegations of political espionage by more than 60 independence supporters through the cyber-espionage programs Pegasus and Candiru.

Last May, the groups ERC, JxCat, the CUP and the communes registered the petition to create this commission of inquiry, after it emerged that at least 60 people, among them prominent independence leaders such as the former presidents of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont and Quim Torra, were spied on through Pegasus, a system marketed by the Israeli company NSO Group which is only sold to governments.

The commission will have a duration of one year and, at the end of its work, it will have to prepare a report of conclusions, which will be submitted to the vote in the plenary session of the Parliament.

After being elected president, Serret said the commission’s goal is to “give all the information to the public” about the spy case.

“As a democratic institution, we have a responsibility to form a common front with the other institutions to guarantee the defense of the fundamental rights of citizens,” he added.

Serret is also on the list of people spied on with the Pegasus program, as is Josep Maria Jové, who will be the ERC’s spokesperson on the commission.

Although it has not yet established its work plan, the commission is expected to summon “all those who may have direct or indirect responsibilities” in the events to testify, as explained by the vice-president and JxCat spokesman Josep Rius in statements to the press in the corridors of Parliament.

The Congress of Deputies rejected in May the creation of a commission of inquiry to clarify the espionage affair with the votes against PSOE, PP, Vox and Cs.

In this regard, Rius indicated that the behavior of the PSOE makes it an “accomplice” in the “very serious events” related to espionage against the separatists.

The PSC and Vox will participate in the parliamentary commission of inquiry, while Ciudadanos and the PPC will remain on the sidelines.

With this commission, the Catalan chamber joins the European Parliament in the investigations into this case of political espionage -in its case within the framework of a commission of inquiry into the use of Pegasus in European countries-, for which Rius considers that the two institutions must work “side by side” to generate “the necessary synergies”.

“We hope that no group in Parliament is blocking, preventing or helping this committee to carry out its work in the normal way,” the deputy spokesperson for JxCat said in the hemicycle.

The commission, which must now approve its work plan, is made up of two deputies from each parliamentary group -except Cs and PPC-: Òscar Aparicio and Jordi Terrades (PSC-Units), Meritxell Serret and Josep Maria Jové (ERC), Albert Batet and Josep Rius (JxCat), Sergio Macián and Alberto Tarradas (Vox), Montserrat Vinyets and Xavier Pellicer (CUP), as well as Lucas Ferro (En Comú Podem).

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