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Two European Commissioners receive the President of the Government of Catalonia in Brussels for the first time in 7 years

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Two European Commissioners receive the President of the Government of Catalonia in Brussels for the first time in 7 years

  1. President Aragonès and Minister Serret met yesterday with the Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders. Today, the chief of the executive and Minister Mas have held a meeting with the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton.
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The President of the Government of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action and the European Union, Meritxell Serret, and the Catalan Minister for the Economy and Finance, Natàlia Mas, travelled to Brussels this week, where they met with two European Commissioners: Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice, and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market. It had been seven years since a European Commissioner had received the President of the Government of Catalonia in Brussels, a fact that evidences the resumption of relations with the European executive.

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President Aragonès and Minister Serretmet yesterday with Commissioner Reynders to address the problem of cyberespionage and its consequences. During the meeting, the head of the executive and the Minister for Foreign Action and the European Union conveyed to the Commissioner the Government's willingness to collaborate as much as possible to eradicate the use of these practices.

During the meeting, President Aragonès and Minister Serret confirmed that the European institutions share the concern over the Pegasus case and that they are monitoring it. In this sense, President Aragonès assured that the Government will remain attentive to all the actions derived from the request for information made by the European Union to Spanish institutions on this issue.

The meeting with the Commissioner for the Internal Market,Thierry Breton, took place on Friday morning. The meeting was attended by President Aragonès and Minister Mas, and served to discuss the Government's industrial policy, and to explore the contribution of Catalonia in the context of European digital and energy sovereignty.

Regarding European digital sovereignty, the head of the executive has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to participate in the design, creation and the value chain of the European chip. The President informed the Commissioner that Catalonia can play a fundamental role in this initiative and assured him that it is ready to contribute to the value chain of the European chip.

Concerning energy sovereignty, President Aragonès and Minister Mas reiterated Catalonia's commitment to green hydrogen. In this regard, President Aragonès recalled that the Government of Catalonia has been working for years on projects such as theHydrogen Valley of Catalonia, which was set up last year, and has set up alliances with other territories, including Aragon, Navarre and the Basque Country.