The Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, has assessed that the dialogue table between the Generalitat de Catalunya and the central government should only meet when there are agreements of “sufficient depth”, and has warned that otherwise expectations can be generated that are not fulfilled.
Illa warns that the credibility of Aragonès is in danger if he does not open the dialogue in Catalonia
Iceta’s words come after both Junts and the PSC demanded steps from Aragonès on dialogue, although in opposite directions. The leader of the opposition, Salvador Illa, warned the president that his “credibility” runs the risk of being “irremediably damaged” if he does not activate the table of Catalan parties that the socialists and ERC agreed to within the framework of the investiture of Pedro Sánchez . For his part, Junts raised the tone against Aragonès and demanded that he justify why he maintains the dialogue table with the central government, the main bet of the Republicans to overcome the political conflict after the sovereignist process and that those of Puigdemont view with skepticism.
In an interview in RAC-1, Iceta has slowed Aragonès’ rush to reunite the table, whose last meeting was last September. The minister has warned that it is not good to create expectations “which will almost certainly be spoiled later”, and has stressed that the fact that public meetings are not being held “does not mean that there is no dialogue”.
The table between executives, Iceta has stressed, is “only one part” of the dialogue. “It would not detract from the effort of dialogue in all areas because the table has not met again,” she insisted. The minister has refused to set a date for the next meeting and has remarked that putting “hurries” sometimes “instead of helping harms”.
In Iceta’s opinion, it should be both governments that decide that there are already “sufficient and sufficiently agreed issues” to resume the table and bring it together “once they reach a moment of maturation that is worth formalizing.” “The objective is not for the table to meet but for the dialogue to advance,” she added.
Agreement for the Games
On the other hand, Iceta has requested that the candidacy for the 2030 Winter Olympics in the Catalan and Aragonese Pyrenees be agreed, unitary and solvent and not a “space of confrontation”, in addition to recalling that it must be managed and led by the Olympic Committee Spanish (COE). Iceta has trusted that politicians “speak what is fair” publicly about issues related to the candidacy and that they leave it in the hands of the sports authorities.
For Iceta, the meeting convened by the COE with the administrations involved in the project on April 25 is a great opportunity, and he prefers to address it “in terms of possibilities and not conflicts.” Asked if he sees a possible candidacy without Aragon, he replied that he will not make any assessments in this regard and that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already been informed of a joint candidacy with Catalonia, which according to him has been very well received, so “noises like this don’t work”