The Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolanostravels this Sunday to Barcelona to redirect the dialogue with the Generalitat of Catalonia, after the scandal over alleged espionage over 60 independence leaders Catalans through the Pegasus program.
As sources from Moncloa have confirmed to RTVE, Bolaños will meet with the Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagrawith the aim of “continuing the dialogue between governments”, after the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonesconsidered frozen the dialogue table between the central and regional executives and threatened to break the investiture agreement.
The sources have assured that in recent days there have been “various contacts” between the Government of Spain and the Government of the Generalitat “which have given rise to the holding of the meeting” this Sunday in Barcelona.
The government considers “very important” that “the same desire for dialogue” continue to be maintained that has been practiced up to now with Catalonia since Pedro Sanchez he is president. “This government is committed and will continue to be committed to dialogue and agreement,” added the sources.
“It is important to remember where we come from and where we are in relations between the Government of Catalonia and the Government of Spain to realize that this is the way forward: institutional cooperation and dialogue. The Catalans, in particular, and all of Spain they will appreciate”, they have concluded from the Executive.
For their part, sources from the Government have explained to Europa Press that the meeting is taking place at the request of the Generalitat and have assured that the objective is to ask the Executive for all the necessary explanations and “assume responsibilities”.
However, the same sources have warned that “this meeting does not replace the Sánchez-Aragonès meeting in any case, nor is it a preparatory one: It is a first step.”
Discomfort in JxCat
The announcement of the meeting has been received with upset by JxCat: sources of the formation that presides Carles Puigdemont They have explained to Efe that “they do not consider the meeting valid”, which they describe as a “minor appointment”, and they recall that this week Aragonès considered frozen the “political relations” with the Government, waiting for it to give explanations and “purify responsibilities”.
“For Junts en el Govern, the only announcement we expect from the Spanish Government is the opening an investigation into espionage“, JxCat has remarked in a statement, which has wanted to mark the ground for ERC, a formation to which Vilagrà belongs.
According to JxCat, as long as the Government does not announce an investigation into the case, “as agreed between the two Govern partners last Tuesday, we keep relations frozen and, therefore, bilateral political meetings.”
Espionage, protagonist of San Jordi
This April 23, the espionage controversy has gained prominence in the different events that have been held in Barcelona to commemorate Sant Jordi Day.
Thus, the Minister of Culture and Sports, miquel iceta, has warned the Government that, despite the controversy, “there is no alternative to dialogue”. As Iceta has warned, “Foutside of dialogue there is no politicsand outside of politics there is no solution”.
The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy has also referred to this matter, Yolanda Diazwho has warned that the reported espionage “is not bearable in a democratic society” and has insisted on his commitment to dialogue.
In declarations to Catalunya Ràdio, Díaz has pointed out that “the facts that we know are very serious”, for which he has called for “absolute transparency” on this issue. “We have the right to know what has happened,” he stressed
For his part, the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragoneshas demanded that Pedro Sánchez give explanations at once for this matter and has charged the Minister of Defense, Margaret Oaks -to whom the CNI depends, to whom the independentists attribute espionage-. for his “insufficient and counterproductive” statements.
The Catalan president has said that there is no news about the request he made to Sánchez for a face-to-face meeting, but he has made it clear that, “beyond the format, it is not about solving the espionage case with the photo of a meeting “. “Explanations and transparency are needed and that the affected people know what has happened, who has ordered espionage, who has been spied on, what has been done with this data and with whose authorization”, he sentenced.
Also JxCat spokesperson, Joseph Riushas affirmed that Sánchez’s “silence” makes him “suspicious” of being an “accomplice” of espionage and has reiterated that “there must be responsibilities” for this case.
According to The New Yorker, at least 60 independence leaders were victims of the Pegasus cyber espionage system, which can only be sold to governments, including the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonesand former presidents Artur Mas and Quim Torra and the environment of the former president Carles Puigdemónt, as well as the President of Parliament, Laura Borràs.