The year 2022, which will begin in a week, should be the time for negotiations with the Government to give “tangible results.” This has been predicted by the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, in his Christmas speech to the Catalans that on this occasion the head of the Government has delivered for the first time on December 26, the day of Sant Esteve. Next year should be, in the words of the Republican, the opportunity to begin to “unblock the conflict with the State” and when the dialogue table “begins to provide tangible results,” he said.
Some results that, according to the president, should “offer a response to the vast majority of citizens who know that the resolution of the conflict with the State passes through the exercise of the right to self-determination and amnesty.” This outcome must come because, as he has underlined, in Catalonia there is “a solid, transversal majority, sustained over time” that “wishes to resolve the conflict and does not accept any blockade”.
But, along with that, Aragonès has opened the door for those fruits that he expects from the negotiation not to be confirmed. For this reason, it has demanded that, if necessary, act “with realism, seeking the maximum consensus and learning from the path we have taken so far” if the negotiation stalls. “Because in the same way that we are not willing to renounce the democratic resolution of the political conflict, we are not willing to renounce the independence of Catalonia,” he said.
In his first Christmas message since he assumed the head of the Government, Aragonès has delivered his speech from the Rosselló Pòrcel school, in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, known for having been one of the first centers where the model of linguistic immersion in Catalan was applied, in 1983, after the mobilization of families and the educational community in the area. “A school born almost 40 years ago thanks to the stubbornness of mothers and fathers who wanted their children to study in a public school and in Catalan”, has described Aragonès.
In a scenario with clear reminiscences of the open conflict after the decision of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia to impose 25% of classes in Spanish in some schools, the president referred to the first families who mobilized for the school in Catalan . “We should be enormously grateful,” he said. “The current model of the Catalan school was born from them. A modern, open, close school that builds community, that unites society,” he said.
For all these reasons, Aragonès has committed to “promoting the school”, both with regard to the linguistic model of immersion and its “capacity for cohesion and generating opportunities”. “Without a doubt, it is the nucleus of the Catalan nation”, added Aragonès.
The president has also referred to the health situation, after Catalonia has been the community that has applied more restrictive measures for this Christmas. “Painful measures, especially at the time of year in which we find ourselves, and that will not last longer than necessary to stop the pandemic again and prevent the collapse of the health system,” said Aragonès, who has ensured that the restrictions have the objective is to “reduce mobility and social interaction” and which is accompanied by financial aid for the most affected sectors.
Along the same lines and after thanking the efforts of health personnel and all public workers in the pandemic, the head of the Government has also spoken of the economic problems that many companies and workers are going through. “I am convinced that in 2022 we will be able to finish turning it around”, he said, thanks to European Next Generation funds, among other things. “We leave behind the defeatist speeches and we reinforce the confidence in ourselves”, has asked the Catalans.