The President of the Government of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, insisted this morning before the consular corps accredited in Barcelona that "Catalonia is a country with an unquestionable commitment to Europe" and, for this reason, "it wants to contribute to advancing the European project by helping to tackle some of the great challenges", such as the fight against climate change, energy sovereignty and the necessary reindustrialisation of the continent.
"Catalonia is ready and has all the necessary ingredients to become a central player in all these elements on a continental scale", said Aragonès, who stressed that the Catalan Government is making "a clear and unequivocal commitment to favouring the reindustrialisation of our economy", with the aim of "becoming one of the most industrial economies in Europe". And, in parallel, "unbeatable projects to lead the design and production of the European chip and become one of the main producers of green hydrogen" have been developed. For this reason, he assured that "we have everything to lead these projects that will be very good for the transformation of our productive sector and for the prosperity of Europe".
The President made these statements from the Palau de la Generalitat, where this morning, accompanied by the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Meritxell Serret i Aleu, he received representatives of the consular corps accredited in Barcelona and the Government's delegates abroad. In his speech, Aragonès encouraged them to "continue working together for progress, prosperity, well-being, democracy and freedom", with the conviction that "good shared work has a positive impact for our respective countries and, most especially, for citizens".
Meanwhile, the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Meritxell Serret, expressed her commitment to "further intensify the consular hub initiative" in order to "connect Catalonia to the world thanks to the consuls established in the country". "We want to inspire joint initiatives to respond to collective challenges by approaching the concrete contributions of the country as a whole”, said Serret.
The reception of the consular corps at the Palau de la Generalitat by President Aragonès and Minister Serret closes the week of the meeting of the Government's delegates abroad, which served to set the main priorities for maximising Catalonia's internationalisation around the world.
The consular hub is an initiative of the Ministry for Foreign Action and European Union, which brings together all the foreign consuls based in Catalonia, with the aim of promoting activities and working sessions between the government, the consuls and different actors in the country. The aim is to detect opportunities, weave alliances and create complicities between Catalonia and third countries with the help of cultural, economic, social, academic and institutional actors.