Pedro Sánchez and Pere Aragonès will resume in the near future the dialogue that the Government and the Generalitat began in early 2020, after the pact reached by PSOE and ERC for the investiture, but which was stalled after the first meeting due to the outbreak of the pandemic and by the refusal, later, of the then head of the Catalan Executive, Quim Torra, to retake it. Aragonés has made it clear that he wants to meet with Sánchez before that dialogue table resumes. The government assumes that there will be a prior conversation between the two leaders, although they have not set a date yet.
“The two of them must speak first,” admits a minister consulted by elDiario.es. It is customary for the president to receive the heads of regional executives in Moncloa when they are elected or re-elected. This was the case with Alberto Núñez Feijóo and Iñigo Urkullu after the Galician and Basque elections last July, although on that occasion the appointments were delayed until the end of January this year. The idea is that the dialogue begins soon, according to the sources consulted, although the Government does not specify a date.
“It would have all the logic that there was a previous meeting with the two presidents and that later we could start the table”, Aragonès said in an interview on Rac1, in which he explained that he received a congratulatory message from Sánchez and they called each other this week. The president of the Generalitat is even betting that the dialogue table is resumed “before summer”. In Moncloa they do not tie their hands either, but they trust that there will be no problem. “We will agree,” say government sources.
“We have believed in dialogue with political conviction because it is the ideal democratic path always, but we are waiting for a legislature on the accumulated social and economic problems in Catalonia,” they also warn from the Government. Aragonès has assured that he not only intends to speak with Sánchez about the political conflict but also about European funds.
Despite the fact that the two parties are in favor of resuming the dialogue as soon as possible, the starting points are diametrically opposite. Aragonès intends to formalize beforehand the Agreement for Amnesty and Self-determination with the sovereign parties and entities while the Government closes in on both the amnesty and the referendum for independence. Sánchez’s bet is the “reunion agenda” that includes 44 points and that Sánchez handed over to Torra in one of their first meetings. The proposal incorporates measures in various areas, such as avoiding the “judicialization of politics”, guaranteeing institutional dialogue, a reform of regional financing, the promotion of infrastructures or sufficient financing of various social policies and services of the Generalitat.
The Government is also prepared to make gestures towards the prisoners of the you process and it has been paving the way towards the granting of pardons. It is a key piece for ERC. In an informative breakfast organized by Nueva Economía Fórum, the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, has spoken in that direction by stating that these pardons be seen “naturally”, whether they are favorable or not or if they are ” total or partial “.
Dialogue with Catalonia is key to the stability of the legislature due to the dependence that the ERC Government has on Congress. In exchange for their abstention from the inauguration of Sánchez, the Socialists accepted that they could talk about anything at the dialogue table. “All the parties will freely contribute their detailed proposals on the future of Catalonia. And the positions regarding each proposal will be evaluated, debated and argued,” reads the agreement, which also includes that the agreements reached are submitted for consultation in Catalunya: “In this space, agreements should be sought that have broad support from Catalan society. In this sense, both parties undertake to promote the effectiveness of the agreements that are adopted through the appropriate procedures. The measures in which they are Where appropriate, the agreements will be submitted to democratic validation through consultation with the citizens of Catalonia, in accordance with the mechanisms provided or that may be envisaged within the framework of the legal-political system “.
In the socialist ranks they are, however, skeptical about the resolution of the political conflict in Catalonia since they consider that there is a very important part of society that wants to separate from Spain. What they consider, however, the sources consulted is that the policy undertaken by the Executive -which happens, among other things, to provide the financing that corresponds to it and normalize relations- as well as the dialogue itself will favor a certain disinflammation of the independence movement .