“An ordinary meeting in an exceptional context”. With these words, the spokeswoman for the Generalitat, Patricia Plaja, defined the weekly meeting of the Catalan Executive held this Tuesday. The Government hangs by a thread and the president, Pere Aragonès, and the ministers await the decision that Junts militants will take on Friday. The particular internal electoral campaign of the postconvergents has already begun and has only confirmed the division in the party between supporters and opponents of leaving the Executive.
The question that Junts will transfer to its bases: “Do you want Junts to continue being part of the Government?”
The starting gun for the campaign was given in style first thing in the morning by the president of Junts, Laura Borràs, on TV3. Although she has avoided making it explicit whether she will vote yes or no, Borràs has understood everything. She has branded the Government –of which Junts is still a part today– of “fraudulent” and “of collision instead of coalition”. The leader of Junts has come to reject that an ERC Executive alone has “democratic legitimacy”, words never seen in the crisis between partners.
“Nothing to say”, Plaja told the press when asked what the Government thought of Borràs’s words. The Executive follows the maxim of waiting for Junts to decide on its continuity in the Government on Friday without fueling an already turbulent internal debate. In the event of a break, Aragonès’s intention is to act quickly to appoint new ministers to weather a scenario of parliamentary weakness.
Beyond the eventual departure of the ministers of Junts, the crisis in the Catalan Executive has another equally important derivative. In the background of the consultation with the militancy, whatever its result, lies the danger of fracture within Junts. A scenario that the general secretary of Junts, Jordi Turull, wants to avoid at all costs and completely ruled out this Monday, while normalizing the discrepancies: “We are plural people, we are not a sect nor do we have the vocation to be.”
Turull has not yet explained to the militancy what he will vote for. Yes, his predecessor, Jordi Sànchez, one of the champions of remaining in the Government, has done it. “The best way to continue serving Catalonia is to continue in the institutions”, he defended on TV3. The option of remaining in the Government is shared by all the ministers, led by the head of the Economy, Jaume Giró, and the Foreign Minister, Victòria Alsina, and the bulk of the senior officials.
Among those in favor of leaving the Executive, a campaign has already started on social networks, with a manifesto that has been shared by deputies such as Aurora Madaula, from the Borràs core of trust. The internal accounts have already begun and the positioning of the mayors, repositories of the territorial power of Junts and with their minds already set on next year’s municipal accounts, will be key.
The Government presents the public electricity
The Government does not want to delve into the internal wound of Junts and has made this Tuesday one of the most “relevant” announcements, in the words of Plaja, of the legislature, although it will inevitably be in the background due to the crisis between ERC and Junts. This is the creation of the public energy company of Catalonia, which will be called ‘L’Energètica’.
The company will generate renewable energy through self-consumption in buildings and public infrastructures and for now it is not intended for the general population as competition with the rest of the operators is ruled out. The energy will only be supplied to the Generalitat and the organizations that depend on it, lowering the bill at a time of soaring inflation.