Luxembourg | The Catalan case will have a positive impact on the European Union
DIPLOCAT organised in Luxembourg the first debate after the 27 September election
On November 10th, the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), together with Catalan Center of Luxembourg, held its first debate regarding Catalonia in the Great Duchy of Luxembourg under the heading "Catalonia: challenge or opportunity for Europe".
Welcome and round table: Catalonia: challenge or opportunities for Europe?
The event was opened by Jordi Gairin, President of the Catalan Center of Luxembourg, and Albert Royo-Mariné, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT. Royo-Mariné underlined that the civic movement in Catalonia is of peaceful, democratic and pro-European nature, but has until today been ignored by the central government, the only reactions being threats of juridical sanctions for the persons who organised such democratic activities as a public consultation. According to him, the Catalan case will have an impact on the way a united Europe will be constructed, as well as on the way politics will be conducted in Europe.
Mercè Barceló, Professor of Constitutional Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, gave the juridical point of view that the right to decide can resolve the infra-state request for more democracy. The Catalan case raises the question that when inside a liberal democratic state, a political community in a given territory considers that its democratic will is not sufficiently taken into account by the central state institutions and organs, the recognition of the right to decide can also represent an opportunity for Europe.
Vicent Laborderie, Researcher at the Catholic University of Louvain, answered that Catalonia is an opportunity for the European Union if mediating for the first time a conflict inside a member state, but under the condition that the objective of Catalonia is to stay within Spain. From his point of view it was a mistake to cut off the possibilities for dialogue.
Philippe Poirier, holder of the Research Chair in parliamentary studies of the Luxembourgish Chamber of Deputies and the University of Luxembourg and Associate Professor of political science at the Collège des Bernardins at Paris Sorbonne University, agreed that the Catalan question is not only a Catalan, but also a European question, which refers to the notion of normative democracy and to the values of the European Union, as well as to the crisis of political legitimacy in European societies.
Debate and closing session
The audience of more than 50 people debated about the latest events in Spain and Catalonia from a European point of view.
Finally, Martí Anglada, Head of the Delegation of the Catalan Government in Paris, closed the session with reflections on the Catalan case being an internal affair where a referendum is prohibited and democracy is in danger in the middle of Europe. He ended on a plaidoyer for the need of negotiations.
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The Catalan Center of Luxembourg / Lëtzebuerger Katalanenzentrum (CCL) was established in October 1987. Since its foundation its main objectives have been, firstly, to promote the knowledge of the language, the culture and the Catalan traditions in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and in neighbouring regions, and, secondly, to favour the integration of Catalan in the host country communities. To make these goals possible, CCL promotes many activities which allow the maximum participation of all persons residing in Luxembourg.
Last updated: 10 December 2015