A ‘reset’ to lay the foundations for a new relationship between Executives. This is how the Generalitat interprets the meeting held this Friday by the heads of the Presidency, Minister Félix Bolaños and Minister Laura Vilagrà, from which a document has emerged that frames the dialogue resumed between governments after the Pegasus crisis. The agreement, which consists of eight points, can be consulted at the end of this information.
Government and Generalitat return to the starting box in the first meeting after the Pegasus crisis
Without explicitly mentioning espionage, both parties do consider the crisis settled by agreeing that the actions of the institutions “will at all times guarantee the fundamental rights, privacy and political and ideological freedom of all people who identify with political positions. and democratic present in Catalonia”. The document rejects the “illegitimate acts, decisions or mechanisms that violate said rights by the mere ascription to an ideology or territorial vision.”
Although with different accents, the political squires of the two presidents have positively valued the meeting and the document. Bolaños celebrated the return to “the path of dialogue and agreement”, while Vilagrà defined the document as “a first step”, although he demanded “concrete results” from the Government.
In short, this Friday’s agreement allows music to be put to the negotiation between the Generalitat and the Government that had screeched due to the Pegasus case. The next few months will be key for music to add the fine print of a pact that will put an end to a decade of political conflict. An objective with which Pere Aragonès and Pedro Sánchez want to show that there is a political alternative to the unilateral path advocated by Junts and the judicial path advocated by PP and Vox.
All of this when the legislature faces its final stretch and the Sánchez government wants to recoup the majority of the left that took it to Moncloa, while Aragonès needs concrete results from its commitment to dialogue in the face of the temptation of sectors of Junts to break the Govern and to return to the unilateral path due to espionage.
Two table meetings
The will of both governments that the document includes is “to hold a minimum of two public meetings” of the dialogue table in the remainder of the year, “with agreements in each of these meetings.” “The parties will assess and agree on the number of meetings that are considered necessary to hold,” adds the agreement, which avoids setting more deadlines.
Without specifying whether it will be the Prosecutor’s Office who will not file accusations against the dozens of pro-independence leaders and officials awaiting trial or if their criminal situation will be resolved through a pardon after conviction, this Friday’s agreement also contemplates “overcoming the judicialization” and “guaranteeing legal certainty”, the latter being the euphemism with which the Government commits itself not to return to the unilateral path.
“Both governments undertake to contribute to the end of the judicialization of the political conflict, given that it increases the polarization of positions and makes it difficult to find solutions,” says the document. It should be remembered that two ERC heavyweights, such as deputies Josep Maria Jové and Lluís Salvadó, await trial for their role in the logistics of the 2017 referendum. The Prosecutor’s Office plans to formalize their accusation against them after the summer, which could rise to several years in prison. After Jové and Salvadó will come the trial of the dozens of high-ranking officials and officials prosecuted for organizing 1-O.
The agreement recognizes “the full political legitimacy of the different ideologies and the democratic political projects that derive from them, whatever their vision of the political future of Catalonia and its relationship with the State” and rejects “the persecution or criminalization of the different political options.
If the document stands out for anything, it is because of the reiteration of the objective of reaching agreements. “The parties undertake to bet on the political route and the search for agreed solutions for the resolution of the conflict”, the text affects, in which both Executives show “their firm commitment to the work of the dialogue and negotiation table, since their integration into their respective agendas”.
The Government and the Generalitat reaffirm their willingness to “work and approve specific measures that represent measurable progress in the negotiations and that, in turn, increase the degree of mutual trust necessary to continue advancing”.
The agreements reached by the dialogue table, the document abounds, “must start from the recognition of the different political and social visions and contribute to overcoming the differences”, in addition to “being representative of a broad and transversal social majority, contributing to the solution of the political conflict, the reinforcement of democratic principles and cooperation and institutional loyalty”.
Both Bolaños and Vilagrà have wanted to make it clear, after the latest controversy with Junts, that only members of the Governments can sit at the table, thus closing the door to the participation of pardoned former ministers such as the secretary general of Junts, Jordi Turull. Junts planted the last meeting of the table held in Barcelona due to the disagreement that condemned by the procés participate in it.
“The two governments recognize the need to develop a climate of absolute respect for the positions and proposals put forward by each party, based on distant political positions, and, based on concrete measures, restore and guarantee sufficient confidence and security to the good progress of the work of the table”, adds the document.