Brussels, Belgium | Different bodies and think tanks in Brussels interested in the Catalan referendum
At a closed meeting promoted by Diplocat
Elena Jiménez, coordinator of the Let Catalans Vote project and board member of Òmnium Cultural, Francesc de Dalmases, member of the National Pact for the Referendum, and Amadeu Altafaj, Representative of the Catalan Government at the European Union, met with around twenty bodies, think tanks, and regional representatives this morning to explain the long process which has led to the calling of a referendum for 1 October this year.
The meeting was organized by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat). According to Albert Royo, Secretary General of Diplocat, the objective of the event was to “internationalize the proposal of a referendum agreed upon by both parts, a proposal Catalonia has insisted on for years, and to explain the deeply democratic, cross-party and cross-cutting character of the self-determination movement to European decision-makers.”
During her intervention, Elena Jiménez presented the campaign for international support called Let Catalans Vote, which currently has around fifty prestigious international signatories including Nobel Prize winners. Jiménez stated that “the civic movement asking for a referendum is plural, diverse, grass-roots, fully inclusive, and non-populist”.
Francesc de Dalmases pointed out the diverse character of the National Pact for the Referendum initiative, which includes the main bodies and organizations from Catalan civil society. According to Dalmases, “the future of Catalonia is in the hands of the Catalan society, which has expressed many times its will to vote on its future in a peaceful, democratic manner”.
Finally, Amadeu Altafaj stated that “We are dealing with an issue of democratic quality and good governance in the EU context. It will be a unilateral referendum because the Spanish Government wants it to be so”, and he added that “At some point, EU member states should ask themselves why the Catalan issue has become so big”.
During the debate, participants at the meeting asked about federalism, about the real limits of the Spanish constitution, and about possible future scenarios in case of a unilateral proclamation of independence.
Last updated: 29 June 2017