Thursday, August 5

Catalonia initiates contacts to be a candidate for the 2030 Winter Olympic Games

The Government of the Generalitat has opened the first formal contacts with the Spanish Olympic Committee to present a candidacy for the 2030 Winter Olympics. As Catalunya Ràdio has advanced, the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has sent a letter to the president of the committee, Alejandro Blanco Bravo, in which he formally asks him to initiate conversations “for the possible presentation” of the candidacy. “An opportunity that must go hand in hand with social consensus and that must allow the commitments of the United Nations 2030 Agenda to be developed,” the letter added. Sources from the Presidency remind that the territory must endorse the candidacy through a consultation, in accordance with the Government pact between ERC and Junts.

The executive chaired by Aragonès has decided to initiate the steps to carry out the candidacy for the Winter Olympic Games. And he has done so by contacting the Spanish Olympic Committee to make his interest in the Games official, since it is this body that has powers to present the candidacy.

As explained by sources from the Government to the ACN agency, now they will begin to consider how the candidacy should be and dialogue with all territorial agents will begin. Since, as they point out, the intention is for it to be a “sustainable country project.” Likewise, they remember that at the end of the process, it will be the territory through a consultation that decides whether or not to endorse the candidacy, as they say that the governance agreement establishes.

From the department of the Presidency, which has the competences in sports, they defend that the candidacy must have three axes: territorial cohesion, sustainability and citizen participation with involvement of the territory. They assure that it is not a bet only for 15 days but that they want to make a “global” approach for the entire Pyrenees.

In a motion passed last week in Parliament, ERC and JxCat voted differently on the matter. Junts voted in favor of a candidacy for 2030 “in accordance with the criteria of maximum environmental sustainability and the use of existing sports facilities, through participatory mechanisms that take into account all territorial sensitivities.” ERC abstained considering that the text fell short. .

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