• Electronic voting law for Catalans abroad passes first parliament test

    Electronic voting law for Catalans abroad passes first parliament test

    ARA – Amendments arguing that the law oversteps Catalonia’s powers and that it would be used for an independence referendum are rejected

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  • 2017 budget earmarks €5.8m for independence referendum

    2017 budget earmarks €5.8m for independence referendum

    ARA – Catalan government has also included a hidden item within the contingency funds in anticipation of a possible legal challenge to the explicit chapter

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  • Puigdemont questions Spain’s willingness to dialogue

    Puigdemont questions Spain’s willingness to dialogue

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – As it doesn’t include bilateral negotiation with Catalonia

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  • Spanish Government reiterates its wish for dialogue but closes door to a referendum

    Spanish Government reiterates its wish for dialogue but closes door to a referendum

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – A vote on Catalonia’s independence would “liquidate the nation” according to the Vice President of the Spanish Government

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  • Catalan government launches campaign to promote benefits of timetable reform

    Catalan government launches campaign to promote benefits of timetable reform

    ARA – The Minister of the Presidency expects that changes in working hours could begin to be introduced in September 2018

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  • Government budget for 2017 allocates €5.8 M for pro-independence referendum

    Government budget for 2017 allocates €5.8 M for pro-independence referendum

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Spanish Government will consider the “impugnability” of the budget

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  • Catalan Minister for Education aims to repeal Spanish Education Reform

    Catalan Minister for Education aims to repeal Spanish Education Reform

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – She considers it an ideological law, with regulations that break apart the Catalan education system

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  • DIPLOCAT appoints 39 internationally-known citizens to explain Catalonia to the world

    DIPLOCAT appoints 39 internationally-known citizens to explain Catalonia to the world

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The Advisory Council includes former ambassadors, philosophers, businesspeople, musicians and sportspeople, among others

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  • Operation Catalonia 2

    Operation Catalonia 2

    ARA – PP has seen a slight personnel change with the departure of Fernández Diaz and the arrival of Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría to the “Catalan issue”, as independence is known in Madrid

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  • Francesc Homs: “We know what has to be done if we’re banned, but it’s best to keep our strategy close to the chest”

    Francesc Homs: “We know what has to be done if we’re banned, but it’s best to keep our strategy close to the chest”

    ARA – Francesc Homs is one step away from being tried by the Supreme Court for his involvement in the unofficial 2014 independence referendum

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@ThIsCatalonia

About Catalonia

Who says what?

Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond

Former First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party

“Catalonia is not Scotland and Scotland is not Catalonia, but you can find parallels, things that are universally true, like the right of self-determination. Catalonia has to find, as we found, the way to an agreed process in order to be able to decide on its future.” 19.03.15

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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