Barcelona | Romeva: "The future of Europe must be decided over a basis of democracy and not through impositions”
The Minister for Foreign Affairs gave a talk during today’s event "Sovereignty and self-determination in times of Brexit”, organized by Diplocat, the IBEI and the UPF
Welcome and keynote speech
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations, and Transparency, Raül Romeva, gave the opening speech entitled “Catalonia in the European Union after Brexit” this Monday during the “Sovereignty and self-determination in times of Brexit” event. The day’s activities took place in the Sala Albert Calsamiglia hall at the Ciutadella Campus of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). It was organized by the UPF, the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI), and the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat).
The event was presented by David Sancho, director of the Department of Politics and Social Science at the UPF, and Albert Royo, secretary general of Diplocat. The Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the European Union, Maria Badia, was also present at the event.
Minister Romeva stated that “Brexit has not caused a crisis within the European Union; rather the European project is experiencing an identity crisis and Brexit is one of the symptoms.” He added that “it is necessary to return to the initial identity of the European Union based on common principles such as freedom, democracy and solidarity.”
Romeva stated that the European Union “continues to operate like a club of states” and that to overcome the crisis the EU is currently experiencing “the peoples of Europe have to be able to decide how to reshape their very existence and how to set up a common project based on their respective identities and sovereignties.” ”Only by listening to its citizens, can Europe become a plausible project”, he added. In this sense, he pointed out that ”the identity crisis Europe is experiencing can only be overcome with more democracy” and insisted that ”the future of Europe must be decided over a basis of democracy and not through impositions.”
During the event participants discussed the possible consequences of self-determination processes and the Brexit vote for the future of the European Union. After the conference, a round table debate was held with: Jessica Almqvist, professor of International Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid; Michael Keating, chair of Political Sciences at Aberdeen University (Scotland); and Jan Wouters chair of International Law at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Jacint Jordana, chair of Political Science at the UPF and director of the IBEI, moderated the debate.
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Last updated: 27 June 2017