The Catalan Government stops the closure of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat)

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Photo: Diplocat headquarters (credit: Adrià Costa)

On Tuesday, the Catalan Government decided to stop the closure of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat), one of the measures undertaken by the Spanish Government during the application of article 155 of the Constitution. This was announced by the Minister of the Presidency and spokeswoman for the Government, Elsa Artadi, in response to the “irregularity” that led to the state efforts to close the entity for Catalan public diplomacy, which consists of about forty organizations.

“This liquidation process was not finished and, therefore, the consortium has not lost its validity,” said Artadi, who announced a call for the Board of Trustees. The event will be chaired by Quim Torra. Ernest Maragall, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has already announced at the time of taking office that the recovery of Diplocot – and of the delegations abroad – would be part of the department’s priorities. Maragall, in fact, announced that he intended to organize a meeting of the board of trustees of the organization.

“Illegal” decision

At the press conference after the executive council meeting, Artadi argued that the liquidation of Diplocat was not part of the agreement taken by the Senate on October 27 of last year, when the application of article 155 was validated. “It was taken later and irregularly,” the government spokesman stated, who also described the Spanish government’s decision on Diplocat as “illegal and irregular”.

For this reason, she announced that they will participate in the legal proceedings already started by other institutions, such as the City Council of Barcelona and the Catalan Association of Municipalities (ACM), among others. Artadi also let it be known that the executive of Torra is willing to “resume external actions” to “strengthen” the position of Catalonia in the world.

The Government defends, in this regard, that external activity has been recognized as constitutional by state courts. According to the documentation provided by the executive, the Constitutional Court (TC) ensures that the work of the Generalitat beyond its borders is legal if it is linked “to its powers”.

The recovery of foreign delegations is a “complex” issue, Artadi highlighted. In this regard, the restitution is not like “appointing a CEO that was forced to leave by the application of 155.”

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