July 29, 2021

Exteriors rejects the opening of six new delegations of the Generalitat abroad

Exteriors rejects the opening of six new delegations of the Generalitat abroad

The Ministry led by Josep Borrell explained that it was last October 17 when he learned of six draft decree for the establishment of Catalan Government delegations outside of Spain.

In particular, as reported in a statement, these venues would be in Central Europe (Vienna), Baltic States (Tallinn), Balkans (Zagreb), Portugal (Lisbon), Nordic countries (Stockholm) and Mediterranean (Beirut).

The Ministry has reported "unfavorably" about the opening of the delegations, estimating that "its clear and manifest objective, declared repeatedly" by the Generalitat, consists in "using the delegations to support purposes that are manifestly contrary to the principles and objectives of the foreign policy of Spain ".

In the same letter, Foreign Affairs reminds that it corresponds to this department – according to what is established in article 12 of Law 2/2014 of March 25 – to inform about this proposal in accordance with the guidelines, aims and objectives of the Foreign Policy , the Foreign Action Strategy and, in particular, the principle of unity of action abroad.


The Government of Pedro Sanchez already presented last August a recourse against the reopening of the so-called 'embassies' of the Generalitat of Catalonia in a total of seven countries for not having met the conditions established by the legislation in force for the creation of delegations of the Autonomous Communities (CCAA) abroad.

Then, the Department of External Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency of the Generalitat did not intend to open any new delegation, but to reopen those that the central government had closed by virtue of the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.


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