The Parliament of Belgium joins the debate on the sovereign process of Catalonia
DIPLOCAT – It’s the 6th international Parliament to hold such a debate in the last weeks
In a way similar to the Parliaments of Denmark, Ireland, Uruguay, Paraguay and the United States, the Parliament of Belgium showed today interest in the current political situation in Catalonia.
Corresponding to an invitation from the Parliament’s International Affairs Commission, Roger Albinyana, Secretary of Foreign and EU Affairs of the Government of Catalonia, and Albert Royo, Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), appeared this morning for an hour to inform the assisting Members of Parliament and to answer their questions. Amadeu Altafaj, Permanent Representative of the Catalan Government to the EU, also attended the meeting.
With less than two weeks to go until the elections of 27 September, Roger Albinyana underlined the plebiscitary and exceptional character of these upcoming elections, resulting from the fact that the Spanish government refused to accept any kind of referendum or consultation on the issue. Albert Royo reviewed some of the most important events of the last years which have led to today’s situation, and talked about the democratic, peaceful and integrative character of the Catalan sovereign movement, a fact that was proven again at the demonstration on 11 September in Barcelona.
In the debate, the Members of Parliament were interested in the continuity of Catalonia in the EU, the Constitutional Court Law reform by the Spanish Government and the steps to be taken after the elections of 27 September.