Xuclà asked for the opinion of the Government in a parliamentary question after, last November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed against the intention of the Generalitat to open six new offices abroad, considering that they will be used to "support contrary ends to the objectives of the foreign policy of Spain ".
The deputy wanted to know, then, if the Government is opposed to the autonomous communities have offices abroad to "boost its projection" and promote, and how it values the fact that all autonomous communities have them.
The answer, collected by Europa Press, is that "the Government values" the presence of these offices "insofar as they contribute to a promotion of their interests in those areas of competence that have an external impact".
Then, he adds that the Executive does not oppose the opening of offices, provided that it is done in accordance with the provisions of the Law on External Action – which includes the possibility of these offices – and that the offices in question comply " the principles established by the Law and adapted to the objectives of foreign policy ", which are set by the Government according to Article 97 of the Constitution.
REPORT CONTRARY TO CATALAN OFFICES
Precisely by virtue of this Law, Foreign Affairs was pronounced last November against the opening of six delegations of the Generalitat, specifically in Central Europe (Vienna), Baltic States (Tallinn), Balkans (Zagreb), Portugal (Lisbon), Nordic Countries ( Stockholm) and Mediterranean (Beirut). However, the Foreign Affairs report is mandatory but not binding, and can not prevent these offices from opening.
Previously, in late September, Foreign appealed to the High Court of Justice of Catalonia a first wave of offices opened by the Government of Quim Torra because the Government did not announce their openings in time for the Government to issue its reports – in addition to Foreign , they must also inform the Treasury and Territorial Policy–.
In addition, the new Catalan Foreign Affairs Minister, Alfred Bosch, has made progress that plans to open a third wave of offices abroad.