ERC and Junts have agreed to form a Coalition government chaired by Pere Aragonès, with 14 departments -one more than up to now-, 50% distributed between the two pro-independence formations.
This will be the distribution of regional ministries, as sources familiar with the principle of agreement reached by ERC and JxCat have indicated to EFE:
Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya He will occupy the Presidency (macrodepartment with Public Function, Local World, Universal Basic Income, Institutional Relations and Sports), Interior, Education, Business and Work, Feminism and Equality, Climate Action and Agriculture and Culture.
For its part, Together for Catalonia will be in charge of the Vice Presidency and Economy and Finance, Health, Digital Policies and Infrastructures, Foreign Action and Transparency, Research and Universities, Justice and Social Rights.
The ERC candidate for the Presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, has celebrated this Monday the agreement between Republicans and Junts for his investiture and form a coalition Government, and has ensured that the pact includes collegiate and strategic decision-making bodies, but what the “non-delegable and irreplaceable functions” of the Presidency of the Catalan Executive will be respected.
He said it at the press conference in the gardens of the Palau Robert in Barcelona together with the Secretary General of Junts, Jordi Sànchez, in which they have detailed the agreement, which states that It is good and that “ensures a strong Government” to move towards independence and to face the covid-19 crisis.
Aragonès has claimed that this agreement avoids an electoral repetition that, according to him, no one wanted, but has regretted that it took more than three months to arrive: “We have needed a long time to reach an agreement, perhaps too much.”
“We have overcome the difficulties and we have been able to understand each other to avoid an electoral repetition that nobody wanted,” he stressed, and this will allow us to form “a strong government to face the great challenges we have as a country.”
According to Aragonès, “there is still a lot of work to be done and we really want to do it, starting a new stage of a Government that will be committed to the policies of progress”, and that will have “clear and unequivocal priorities in order to promote a transformative agenda in the economic and social spheres, in order to get out of the crisis generated by covid-19 “.
For his part, the general secretary of the Junts, Jordi Sànchez, has signed the agreement and has ensured that the Junts negotiators feel “reflected.”
“Those who want to see us divided are wrong,” he said and expressed satisfaction with the agreement and affirmed that it will make it possible for Catalonia to exercise self-determination.
He has apologized to the public for the delay in the negotiations and has stressed that they will govern without leaving anyone on the sidelines, for all citizens, but “they will not disappoint 52% of the independence movement.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.