• Pro-independence parties fast track referendum law

    Pro-independence parties fast track referendum law

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – JxSí and CUP-Crida Constituent resort to ‘fast-track’ legislation in Catalan parliament to register bill for October 1 vote on self-determination

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  • Rajoy files constitutional complaint against Catalan Parliament’s new rules for fast-tracking independence legislation

    Rajoy files constitutional complaint against Catalan Parliament’s new rules for fast-tracking independence legislation

    ARA – The Spanish Prime Minister says he doesn’t “know” whether the Catalan government has already purchased the ballot boxes for the independence vote and points out that only president Puigdemont has the power to call a regional election in Catalonia

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  • Guardia Civil questions more officials about Catalan voters abroad

    Guardia Civil questions more officials about Catalan voters abroad

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Head of promotion and exterior communications director the latest government representatives to be interviewed by Spanish police in relation to October 1 referendum

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  • ‘I’m ready to organize a hunger strike in the European Parliament’

    ‘I’m ready to organize a hunger strike in the European Parliament’

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – President of EFA group Josep Maria Terricabras says Catalans will react in a "peaceful but forceful way" if denied a referendum

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  • Parliament passes law for Catalan Tax Office

    Parliament passes law for Catalan Tax Office

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The legislation lays the foundation for the tax agency of an independent Catalonia

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  • Spanish police ‘violating rights’ of government officials in interrogations, Catalan executive warns

    Spanish police ‘violating rights’ of government officials in interrogations, Catalan executive warns

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Guardia Civil also questions the spokesperson of a cross-party civil society group that collected signatures in favor of an agreed referendum

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  • Catalan parliament passes climate change law

    Catalan parliament passes climate change law

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – New legislation to impose taxation on activities causing pollution aims for reduction in emissions of 40% by 2030 and 100% by 2050

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  • Minister of Justice puts the brakes on the Civil Guard’s interrogations

    Minister of Justice puts the brakes on the Civil Guard’s interrogations

    El NACIONAL - The Minister of Justice, Carles Mundó, has jumped into the crossfire between the judge investigating the preparations for the referendum and the Civil Guard, on the same day there have been new interrogations, and which the magistrate has distanced himself from.

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  • Catalan government works on program to help migrants integrate

    Catalan government works on program to help migrants integrate

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Scheme aims to provide legal, labour and social information for migrants

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  • Parliament set to ‘fast-track’ referendum law

    Parliament set to ‘fast-track’ referendum law

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Reform allowing single reading of bills passed amid opposition complaints

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Catalan history in 15 episodes

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“Catalans have the right to defend independence. I believe it is the freedom of every people to choose their future.” 14.09.12

Timeline

  • 31 October 2003

    After 25 years of unsatisfactory interpretations of the 1979 Statute and a continued failure to implement it properly, Catalan political parties propose to set out definitively the political status of Catalonia within Spain.

  • 16 November 2003

    Parties supporting a new Statute of Autonomy obtain 88% of seats and the popular vote in the Catalan elections.

  • 30 September 2005

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

  • 1 February 2006

    The Spanish People’s Party starts a campaign against the new Catalan Statute.

  • 10 May 2006

    The Spanish Parliament approves a watered-down version of the Statute.

  • 18 June 2006

    The resulting Statute is ratified by the people of Catalonia via a referendum.

  • 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.

  • 20 November 2011

    General elections in Spain result in a new absolute majority for the People’s Party.

  • 11 September 2012

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

  • 20 September 2012

    Another “No” from Madrid.

  • 25 November 2012

    Elections are held in Catalonia. The result is that 80% of MPs in the new Parliament of Catalonia support the right to self-determination.

  • 13 March 2013

    A vast majority (77%) of the Catalan Parliament requests 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 a human chain covering 400 km from the north to the south of Catalonia calling for independence.

  • 16 January 2014

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

  • 8 April 2014

    The Spanish Parliament votes against transferring referendum powers to Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2014

    1.8 million people take to 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% of MPs in favour.

  • 27 September 2014

    The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signs the decree calling a popular consultation on 9 November.

  • 29 September 2014

    The Spanish Government urges the Constitutional Court to temporarily suspend Catalonia’s popular consultation.

  • 4 October 2014

    97% of the municipalities of Catalonia (920 out of 947) pass motions in favour of the popular consultation.

  • 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’.

  • 4 November 2014

    The Spanish Constitutional Court suspends the public participatory process five days before the date of the event.

  • 9 November 2014

    Despite the impediments of the Spanish government and the state’s judicial bodies, over 2.3 million Catalans vote in the participatory process: 80.76% vote for independence, 4.54% for the status quo and 10.07% for a “devo-max” or “third way solution”.

  • 12 November 2014

    Three days after the 9 November informal 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, as well as the Catalan Vice-President and the Minister of Education, because they “did not prevent” the 9 November vote.

  • 25 November 2014

    President Artur Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold a legally-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 People’s Party meeting.

  • 14 January 2015

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

  • 3 August 2015

    Catalan President officially calls elections for 27 September.

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