• “A New Economic Paradigm for a Sustainable Catalonia”, Conference by Jeremy Rifkin

    “A New Economic Paradigm for a Sustainable Catalonia”, Conference by Jeremy Rifkin

    Mr. Rifkin will be in Catalonia on September 21rst to debate about the energy model that we want for the new Catalan state. Carles Puigdemont (President of the Catalan Government), Raül Romeva (Minister of Foreign Affairs), and Mercè Conesa (Mayoress of Sant Cugat del Vallès) will attend the conference

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  • PP’s indictment for evidence destruction throws hurdle in Rajoy’s path

    PP’s indictment for evidence destruction throws hurdle in Rajoy’s path

    ARA – Rajoy’s PP becomes the first political party to be tried in court, accused of erasing the hard disks in Bárcenas’ computers

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  • Catalan economy keeps positive trend and posts 3.5% annual growth

    Catalan economy keeps positive trend and posts 3.5% annual growth

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  • Spain responds to Parliament’s vote on pro-independence roadmap by appealing to the TC again

    Spain responds to Parliament’s vote on pro-independence roadmap by appealing to the TC again

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY

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  • Parliament approves a “democratic unilateral mechanism” to split from Spain

    Parliament approves a “democratic unilateral mechanism” to split from Spain

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  • Catalonia will take Adif to court to force investment in Rodalies

    Catalonia will take Adif to court to force investment in Rodalies

    ARA – Josep Rull, Minister for Territory and Sustainability, says the current situation is “unacceptable” and signs joint declaration by municipalities.

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  • Ana Stanič: ‘You will do better if you work together with Scotland than if you go it alone’

    Ana Stanič: ‘You will do better if you work together with Scotland than if you go it alone’

    VILAWEB – The lawyer, who is an expert in community law, explains why Catalonia should approach Scotland to deal with a common problem in the European Union

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  • ‘En Comú Podem’, winning alliance in Catalonia in the Spanish Elections, won’t have its own group in the Spanish Parliament

    ‘En Comú Podem’, winning alliance in Catalonia in the Spanish Elections, won’t have its own group in the Spanish Parliament

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY

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  • Pro-independence associations to demonstrate in 5 different locations on Catalonia’s National Day

    Pro-independence associations to demonstrate in 5 different locations on Catalonia’s National Day

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  • Spanish government takes €1 bn more from pension reserve fund

    Spanish government takes €1 bn more from pension reserve fund

    ARA – With this decision, the pension fund will have lost €9.7 billion in a month

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@ThIsCatalonia

Who says what?

Ettore Messina

Ettore Messina

Basketball coach

“I don’t know all the details but what is clear from outside [Catalonia] is that one thing is what laws say, and another thing is the power of the people. We live in a world where we must look for solutions to protect the rights of minorities in a political way and not in an aggressive one. Catalonia has a history, a language and an identity. A time should come when both sides sit down together and find solutions. They cannot ignore the fact that over one million people demonstrated on the streets of Catalonia. I don’t know the precise legal details but I don’t understand why Catalonia cannot be a normal country.” 18.05.14

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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