The Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Meritxell Serret i Aleu travelled to Geneva today to promote the Catalan Government's central role in major United Nations projects, such as the negotiation of the global treaty against plastic pollution or the Giga project to end the digital divide in all schools around the world.
While in Switzerland, Minister Serret addressed the media to assess the situation regarding the official status of Catalan in European institutions after today's General Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels, the last one during the Spanish presidency. The Government of Catalonia has already initiated contacts with Belgium, which as of 1 January 2024 will take over the rotating presidency of the EU, so that the official status of Catalan remains on the agenda of debates.
The Government of Catalonia will intensify its information campaign to the European institutions and all the member states of the European Union, as it has been doing in recent months, in order to clarify the issue of the economic costs, as Minister Serret has assured.
"It is clear that there is still work to be done, and that is why we maintain the highest demands on the Spanish government", said Serret from Geneva. “We must achieve the trust and unanimity of all the states of the European Union so that the official status of Catalan becomes a reality," she emphasised.
Minister Serret explained that the Government of Catalonia will continue to work with "maximum dedication and action," reinforcing all the work it has been doing in recent months, providing information to dispel any doubts, both about costs and any other aspect. “We will continue working on a dialogue with all states, and especially with the Belgian presidency," starting from 1 January 2024, "to ensure that the proposal for the official status of Catalan remains on the Council's agenda, so that Catalan can become an official language of the European Union as soon as possible,” stated Minister Serret.
Download the video with the response from Minister Serret in Geneva from this link.