Tuesday, July 5

Catalonia postpones the consultation of the Winter Games due to the disagreement with Aragon

The Generalitat de Catalunya has decided to postpone, for now without a new date, the citizen consultation that it wanted to hold in the regions of the Pyrenees that aspired to host the Winter Olympics in 2030 due to the lack of agreement with Aragon on the candidacy. This was announced this Friday by the Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagrà, who has charged Aragón for “breaking” the Olympic pact “for political interests”.

Aragón considers that the distribution of the tests of the Games is not balanced and rejects the proposal of the COE

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This Friday was the day on which, theoretically, the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, should sign the decree calling the public consultation on the Olympic Games. But the latest crisis with the Aragonese government on account of the Olympic project has frustrated the Government’s plans. The Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) gave the negotiations with Aragon on Monday as broken by verifying that the Executive of the socialist Javier Lambán has not given in anything and that he does not even accept the technical candidacy that was proposed to unblock the negotiation.

Vilagrà wanted to make it clear that the Government, despite this setback, remains committed to its two objectives: to present an Olympic candidacy after a “binding” consultation with the citizens of the Pyrenees. The person in charge of piloting the Olympic negotiation has also invited the COE to “explore all options quickly”, without explicitly mentioning the Catalan candidacy alone. The COE and the central government have the last word to decide what type of project is presented.

“We feel comfortable in a collaborative candidacy, and Catalonia has never left the negotiating table, but other parties cannot say the same”, Vilagrà launched to the Lambán Executive, whom he has also accused of defending “intransigent positions that They have deliberately boycotted the project.”

According to the agreement signed by the Generalitat with the COE and that Aragón does not accept, in Catalonia alpine skiing, downhill and slalom, snowboard and freestyle, and mountain skiing would be done. In addition, ice hockey would be played in Barcelona. The modalities that were assigned in Aragón were biathlon and cross-country skiing, figure skating and short and long speed skating.

The Government’s plan was to hold two consultations on July 24 with two different questions, each addressed to the citizens of a certain region. Only the consultation of the veguería of the Alt Pirineu i Aran would have power to veto the Games in case of winning the ‘no’. In three other pre-Pyrenean counties –Berguedà, Solsonès and Ripollès– the Government also wanted to ask the citizens, but in this case about whether they wanted to “get involved” in the Games.

Vilagrà has justified the postponement of the consultation since voters “must have all the information” when depositing their ballot, although he has stressed that the Government “remains committed to ensuring that the territory votes”. Without specifying any date, Vilagrà has pointed to a vote in the fall.

Beyond the criticism of Aragón, Vilagrà has also emphasized that the objective of the Government is to achieve “a competitive and winning candidacy” far from an eventual political objective of “reunion” between the Generalitat and the Government after the convulsive years of the procés.