• Over 400 legal proceedings related to local politicians and the independence process in Catalonia

    Over 400 legal proceedings related to local politicians and the independence process in Catalonia

    DIPLOCAT – The judicial persecution of local mayors and town hall councillors for political reasons goes on

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  • Catalan Government to keep referendum date despite TC suspension

    Catalan Government to keep referendum date despite TC suspension

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) suspended again the referendum proposal recently

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  • TC suspends referendum resolution and could take further legal action against Forcadell

    TC suspends referendum resolution and could take further legal action against Forcadell

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Catalan Government insists that they will call a referendum this year

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  • 9N, a trial (Opinion)

    9N, a trial (Opinion)

    ARA – Article by Artur Mas, 129th President of Catalonia

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  • Catalan and Valencian businessmen urge Spanish Goverment to build Mediterranean Railway Corridor

    Catalan and Valencian businessmen urge Spanish Goverment to build Mediterranean Railway Corridor

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – This essential investment has been repeatedly delayed by Madrid

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  • “Who gave them the ballot boxes, ballots, pens, and forms?”  (Opinion)

    “Who gave them the ballot boxes, ballots, pens, and forms?” (Opinion)

    ARA – Article by Catalan journalist Antoni Bassas

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  • The list of the 34 judicial rulings by the Constitutional Court in favour of Catalonia with which the Spanish government has failed to comply

    The list of the 34 judicial rulings by the Constitutional Court in favour of Catalonia with which the Spanish government has failed to comply

    VILAWEB – Here is a complete list of the final judicial rulings which the Rajoy government has failed to comply with

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  • Mas at 9-N trial:  “We didn’t disobey but faced up to the Spanish State”

    Mas at 9-N trial: “We didn’t disobey but faced up to the Spanish State”

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The case is ready now for sentencing

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  • MEPs from all parties consider 9-N trial “counterproductive” and ask for political solution

    MEPs from all parties consider 9-N trial “counterproductive” and ask for political solution

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – They call for dialogue rather than using the courts

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  • Puigdemont: “Spanish democracy is sick”

    Puigdemont: “Spanish democracy is sick”

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Catalan president concludes after trial over 9-N symbolic independence vote

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About Catalonia

Who says what?

Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt

Leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and former PM of Belgium

“The EU should not intervene in this issue and it should certainly not intervene in a negative way as it has been doing until now. We need to take into account what people think. We can’t build a European Union where the voice of the people is not taken into account. Spain and the Catalans have to decide and we must play a positive role in the dialogue between them. You can’t play a negative role like Mr Barroso has done in recent months.” 15.05.14

Timeline

  • 30 September 2005

    The Parliament of Catalonia passes a proposal for a new Statute of Autonomy.

  • 18 June 2006

    After being approved by the Parliament of Catalonia and the two chambers of the Spanish Parliament, the Statute is ratified by the people of Catalonia via a referendum.

  • 13 September 2009

    The town of Arenys de Munt (Barcelona) holds a non-binding referendum on self-determination. During the following year 554 towns follow suit.

  • 28 June 2010

    Almost four years after it became law, the Spanish Constitutional Court rewrites 14 articles of the Catalan Statute and reinterprets 27 others.

  • 10 July 2010

    As a response to the Court’s sentence, a huge protest under the slogan ‘We are a nation. We decide!’ is organized.

  • 28 November 2010

    Elections for the Parliament of Catalonia result in a change in the balance of power. Victory is for current president Artur Mas.

  • 11 September 2012

    On Catalan National Day, 1.5 million people attend a demonstration in Barcelona with ‘Catalonia: Next State in Europe’ as its slogan.

  • 20 September 2012

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy rejects the Catalan President’s offer for a new fiscal agreement.

  • 25 November 2012

    Early elections are held. As a result, 80% of the Parliament of Catalonia support the right to self-determination.

  • 23 January 2013

    The Catalan Sovereignty Declaration is adopted by the Catalan Parliament.

  • 13 March 2013

    A vast majority (77%) of the Catalan Parliament request the Catalan President to start negotiations with the Spanish Government so as to hold a self-determination referendum in Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2013

    About 2 million Catalans hold hands to form The Catalan Way Towards Independence – a human chain covering 400 km from the north to the south of Catalonia.

  • 12 December 2013

    The Catalan Government and six parties agree on the date and the question for the self-determination referendum.

  • 16 January 2014

    The Parliament of Catalonia makes a formal petition asking the Spanish Government to transfer the necessary powers to hold the referendum (like Westminster has done with Scotland).

  • 8 April 2014

    The Spanish Parliament votes against transferring referendum powers to Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2014

    1.8 M people take the streets of Barcelona to celebrate Catalonia’s National Day and ask to vote on 9 November.

  • 19 September 2014

    The Catalan Parliament approves the Law on Non-Binding Popular Consultations with 79% in favour MPs.

  • 27 September 2014

    The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signs the decree calling an independence vote on 9 November.

  • 29 September 2014

    The Spanish Government holds an extraordinary meeting and urges the Constitutional Court to temporarily suspend Catalonia’s self-determination vote.

  • 4 October 2014

    97% of the municipalities of Catalonia (920 out of 947) pass motions in favour of an independence vote on 9 November.

  • 14 October 2014

    Due to the Constitutional Court’s suspension of the scheduled consultation, President Mas announces a new vote through a public participatory process.

  • 9 November 2014

    Despite the impediments of the Spanish government and the state’s judicial bodies, +2.3M Catalans vote in the participatory process on independence: 80.76% in favour and 4.54% against.

  • 12 November 2014

    Three days after the 9N vote, Spanish PM Rajoy makes an official statement on the subject. He says that “it was not a democratic vote, but an act of political propaganda and a useless farce”.

  • 21 November 2014

    The Spanish State Prosecutor files a complaint and seeks criminal charges against President Mas, the Vice-President and the Minister of Education in relation to the 9N vote.

  • 25 November 2014

    President Artur Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold a legal binding vote on independence.

  • 29 November 2014

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy visits Barcelona for the first time since the 9 November vote and strongly criticizes Catalonia’s self-determination plans in a Popular Party meeting.

  • 14 January 2015

    Catalonia will have a de facto independence referendum via early election on 27 September.

  • 3 August 2015

    Catalan President officially calls elections for 27 September.

  • 11 September 2015

    Nearly 2 million people take the streets of Barcelona to rally for independence.

  • 27 September 2015

    With a record turnout of 77.4%, pro-independence parties obtain absolute majority in Catalonia’s Parliamentary election with 72 out of 135 seats (47.8% of votes).

@CatalanGov

@Public Diplomacy Catalonia


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