The Government insists on the judicial and legal transparency of the Law on Consultations as well as the Decree calling for the November 9th Consultation, which was adapted to the current constitutional and statutory framework. Given this, and by the proposal of the President of the Government of Catalonia, the Executive Council agreed on the following:
- Promote the legal, political and institutional initiatives oriented to ensure the procedure whereby the citizens of Catalonia can exercise their right to decide on the political future of Catalonia, based on the principles of the law, of democratic legitimacy and the principle of pluralism.
- Inform the Parliament of Catalonia that the Constitutional Court has submitted the appeal filed by the State Government on September 28th 2014 against the Executive Decree 129/2014 of September 27th calling for the popular non-referendum Consultation on the political future of Catalonia, which was invoked by Article 162.1 of the Constitution for the purpose of suspending the appealed Decree.
- Manifest that the Government is at the Parliament of Catalonia disposition to carry out any action deemed appropriate in the context of the proceedings initiated before the Constitutional Court against certain provisions of Legislation 10/2014, of September 26th on popular non-referendum consultations and other forms of public participation.
Enable the relevant Government agreements to appear before the Constitutional Court to seek the immediate lifting of the temporary suspension, as well as the final resolution of by the Spanish Government’s appeal against Legislation 10/2014 of September 26th on popular non-referendum consultation and other forms of public participation, and against Decree 129/2014 of September 27th calling for the popular non-referendum Consultation on the political future of Catalonia.
- Take the appropriate precautionary and temporary measures consequent from the effects generated by the Constitutional Court’s resolution on September 29th of 2014 and in particular those aimed at ensuring the judicial protection and correct actions by civil servants of the Public Administration of Government of Catalonia and of the local administrations.
In reference to the former, the Minister of the Presidency and Spokesperson of the Government, Francesc Homs, explained that all decisions will be made “case by case” if they affect civil servants and/or private citizens. According to Homs, “we are in a temporary and precautionary situation and cannot be so selfish to put the responsibility on individuals, who are unable to fully defend themselves, just because we have this kind of determination”. In this regard, one of the specific decisions taken by the Government is to "preventatively and temporarily" withdraw the institutional campaign for the Consultation on November 9th. According to Homs, “We will not put private citizens or civil servants at a crossroads for lack of our own courage”.
The Minister of the Presidency explained that we are now at another stage of the process, emphasizing that it depends on two factors “the capacity of political unity and the ability to mobilize the people”. According to Homs, for the next few weeks these two factors will be "particularly transcendent". "The political unity is up to us and the mobilization is down to the people”, Homs concluded.