After today’s summit with representatives of Catalonia’s main social, economic, political and institutional bodies, President Carles Puigdemont announced that the formation of the National Agreement for the Referendum comes with the “will to hold a referendum in Catalonia to determine the relationship between Catalonia and Spain, and to do so in accordance with the Spanish state”.
The summit was held at the Parliament of Catalonia with the aim of analysing the political and social situation that would allow for a referendum to take place. “A referendum,” the President explained, “that those present here today believe is the ideal tool to resolving Catalonia’s demand”.
Carles Puigdemont also highlighted the need for both domestic and international support for an agreed referendum, as well as a manifesto “to explain both here and abroad, the widespread support this campaign has”.
Furthermore, according to Puigdemont, the meeting “represents a leap forward” in Catalonia’s right to self-determination and the National Agreement for the Referendum “is born with great transversality and a common denominator: to hold a referendum in Catalonia”.
Among those attending the meeting were the Vice President of the Government and Minister of the Economy, Oriol Junqueras; the Minister of the Presidency, Neus Munté; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva; the Minister of Governance, Public Administrations and Housing Meritxell Borràs and the Minister of Justice, Carles Mundó.
Also attending were the President of the Parliament, Carme Forcadell; the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau; former president of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas and the presidents of Catalonia’s four Provincial Councils, among other political and institutional representatives.