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Albert Royo-Mariné, Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
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We welcome you to the portal of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), where you will find all the information and up-to-date news about us and the activities that we carry out in regard to the international projection of Catalonia.

Catalonia is facing at present two major challenges that we could term historic and that will define its future as a country.

On the one hand, Catalonia, like the greater part of Europe, must confront an economic crisis unprecedented in recent decades. This situation, which stems from an international context of economic downturn and from the over-indebtedness of the country, is proving very costly in social terms. Nevertheless, this country, known for its capacity for hard work and for overcoming adverse situations, will pull through. Despite the present economic circumstances, Catalonia possesses the tools and abilities necessary for emerging, together with the rest of the European Union, strengthened by this crisis.

In this regard, the Council will place special emphasis on making it clear to the world that it is worthwhile to remain committed to Catalonia – a country that, thanks to its growing openness to international markets, will overcome a crisis affecting the principal economies of the Western world.

On the other hand, our citizens, seeing the impossibility of fitting Catalonia into a multinational and politically decentralised Spanish State, have decided to begin on a political process that must culminate in the exercise of the democratic right to decide on their own collective future, on what politico-administrative structure may be most useful for them, or in other words, on whether they want to continue to belong to a region of the Kingdom of Spain or to construct a State of their own.

Within this framework, the Public Diplomacy Council will inform the principal political and economic decision-makers at the European and international levels about the democratic process that has started in Catalonia. The right to decide of the people of Catalonia must be exercised freely, without coercion or threats, within the Europe of the twenty-first century. The process will be fully democratic, peaceful, and orderly. We will work to get this message out to the world.

Last but by no means least, we believe that there exists a Catalan way of seeing the world and that, in all modesty, we have something to contribute to some of the main debates over issues in Europe and throughout the world. If the civil society of Catalonia wants to lend a hand in the international projection of the assets of the country, it is important that it should demonstrate its commitment to the political, economic, and social governability of Europe and the world. At the Public Diplomacy Council we will also work to involve civil society in the great debates in the international sphere.

With this portal we are opening a window onto society both in Catalonia and abroad, in order to listen to what the messages and concerns are that at present may help us to offer from Catalonia some answers to the challenges of our time.

We invite you to browse at your pleasure.

 

Albert Royo-Mariné
Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia

 

Last updated: 1 June 2016

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