Self-determination referendum agreed with the State before 2030. This is the forecast advanced this Monday by the president of the Catalan Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, two weeks before the start of the talks between the central and regional governments at the dialogue table summoned to face the political situation after the you process. In an interview on TV3, Aragonès ventured that Catalonia could carry out this independence consultation before the end of the decade: “I am counting on that before 2030 we have reached an agreement for the resolution of the political conflict and that Catalonia has voted.”
Aragonès’ forecast came when he was asked about the candidacy that the Generalitat and the central government want to promote to organize the 2030 Winter Olympics. The journalist asked him how his independence project marries with the celebration of an international event under the flag Aragonès replied that he hopes that by that date Catalonia will have already voted if it wants to be a sovereign State: “It is not a question of leaving independence 10 years from now or that any economic development proposal implies renouncing independence,” he said. . “We want Catalonia to vote in a recognized way, and if it does so before 2030 it will be the first Games in which we will participate under our banner.”
Aragonès and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will resume after the Diada of Catalonia, on September 11, the dialogue table in which the independence movement will demand the referendum and amnesty for those prosecuted in cases of the you process. Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and the CUP signed a legislative pact before Aragonès’s inauguration that allows Republicans to seek an agreement with the Government until 2023. Aragonès will then submit to a motion of confidence. It will also be when Sánchez exhausts the mandate.
ERC wants to take advantage of the opportunity to negotiate at the table and asked Junts, its government partner, last week to stop criticizing it because it weakens it. “It should not be discredited,” claimed ERC spokeswoman Marta Vilalta. Carles Puigdemont’s party has repeatedly questioned the validity of the table this summer.
Junts spokeswoman Elsa Artadi threw two darts on Monday. The deputy said that the date of 2030 had not been debated in any pro-independence body. “It seems to me that Aragonès has spoken of an agreed referendum but first you have to know with whom we are supposed to agree,” he ironically. And then he questioned that there will be more than one table meeting. “Not that I’m skeptical. I’m realist. The first meeting was held in February 2020 and the second this month ”, he pointed out, sliding that they do not want to generate“ false expectations ”. The stoppage of that year and a half was produced by the electoral process and by the covid. Artadi did emphasize that Junts is not concerned with the deadline until 2023 – they did not sign it in their government agreement with ERC – and that they will evaluate the table “continuously”, “daily” and based “on real events” “Let’s not fool ourselves , the success of the table will depend on the will to negotiate of the Government, the PSOE and Podemos ”, he said, inviting the independence movement to act with the maximum unity in Congress to exert pressure, as in the case of negotiating the State Budgets.
Despite the differences, ERC and Junts do agree on something: they do not want the table to be a “photo” and they do not intend to speak in that forum about transfers of infrastructures, the commuter train network or the expansion of the El airport. Prat. For that, they say, there is already the Bilateral Commission. The two parties will iron out their strategy next week but will be focused on claiming the referendum and amnesty.
Aragonès acknowledged that his position is rejected from the outset by the central Executive, and conceded that it is necessary to find common ground: “We will see in the successive meetings what the position of the parties is. From there you have to go into detail and see where we can find meeting points, “he said, admitting that it is important, as Salvador Illa, leader of the PSC, defends, to deepen the dialogue between the Catalan parties.
Aragonès pointed out that both the socialists and En Comú Podem are, as members of the Government, on the other side of the table and that they must provide solutions. And he ended by pointing out that it would be “inconceivable” for Sánchez not to attend the meeting. Artadi ventured that if Sánchez does not go “it is because he believes that it will be a failure and is not even close”, and said that what counts is what is going to be talked about and that not only two monologues are heard in the conclave.