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ERC and Junts agree that the government’s independence strategy falls on Puigdemont’s environment Catalonia


Pere Aragonès will not have his hands completely free to draw up the independence strategy once he assumes the presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia. The governance agreement between his party, Esquerra Republicana, and Junts per Catalunya grants a very prominent role in the coordination strategy to the so-called Consell de la República, the private entity that former president Carles Puigdemont and his surroundings lead from Waterloo (Belgium). Of course, the current Consell will have to reformulate itself before welcoming “within its framework” the coordination space made up of pro-independence parties and associations, ANC and Òmnium.

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The role of the former president who fled from the Spanish justice system and the Consell de la República has been one of the main obstacles to the long three-month negotiation for the formation of the Government. The republicans rejected that the presidency of Pere Aragonès was subjected in any way to the will of a private entity that they do not control and that is reluctant to any dialogue with the central government. Finally, the Consell will have an important role in the Government, although ERC has lowered the initial aspirations of those of Puigdemont and welcomes that the text of the agreement establishes that everything will be decided by consensus.

The 46-page agreement made public this Monday night establishes that “a space for coordination, consensus and strategic direction of the independence movement will be created.” The objective is to establish a “collegiate strategic direction to generate consensus among the main pro-independence actors and define the shared steps in all relevant areas of action”, including the institutional sphere. At first this space will have five actors: the three major pro-independence parties (ERC, Junts and the CUP) and the two main civil entities: the Assemblea Nacional Catalana and Òmnium Cultural. This space will be “coordinated” at first with the current Consell de la República. But the objective is that, later, the council is “reformulated” and ends up welcoming “within its framework” the coordination space of the five parties.

The strategy, then, would be conditioned from Waterloo, although with a different governance of the Consell than the current one. The agreement does not explain how the “reformulation” of the Consell should be. In any case, it does establish that the strategic management space will set the “objectives” to be achieved, “will specify planning proposals and political action” and will promote “a unity of action in the different political institutions”. In addition, the signatories of the agreement seek to keep this Council away from public scrutiny by placing their work “out of the media spotlight.”

The fit of the Consell de la República was key to achieving the agreement this Monday, which insists on launching the negotiating table for the dialogue of independence with the central government while defending “the need for democratic confrontation with the State ”. The negotiation at the dialogue table should continue, according to the document, but strongly monitored from the Catalan side. In this sense, the independentists intend to set up a commission in the Parliament of Catalonia “to monitor” it and monitor progress.

Now it remains to be seen if the agreement signed between Esquerra and Junts fits with the one previously signed between those of Pere Aragonès with the anti-capitalists of the CUP. The document made public yesterday includes part of the pact with the CUP such as the suspension of the use of foam bullets by the Mossos d’Esquadra or, for example, allocating 25% of the Health budget to primary care. However, there are two relevant points for anti-capitalists that are not listed in the document. In the agreement between ERC and the CUP, in the health section, it appears to move towards a 100% public ownership system and specifically cited “review those outsourcing that will soon end contract to internalize high value-added services such as the telephone 061 and medical transport ”. Nor does the new document include a stabilization plan for the 90,000 temporary workers in the Catalan public sector to reduce temporary employment. The document contemplated that a bill be presented as the CUP has already done.

Jordi Sànchez, general secretary of the Junts, said this Monday that it is evident that there are approaches that are not coincident between the CUP and the Junts. “The most important is that this country deserves recognition for social initiative. We must not confuse the strength of the public sector with the fact that everything is publicly owned, ”he said. Of course, he acknowledged that they have addressed issues of special interest to the anti-capitalists with the CUP, such as the establishment of a universal basic income. Sànchez was convinced that their disagreements will not derail the agreement.

Laia Estrada, a CUP deputy, said two weeks ago that they had identified certain pitfalls in the health area. “We are talking about strengthening primary care. We said it a lot in the campaign when we asked for improvements in working conditions. And we propose to be able to advance in internalizing key services such as medical transport and the telephone 061 ″. “If it depended exclusively only on us,” he said, “there would be nothing outsourced.” Despite admitting that Junts may not like this, Estrada defended that ensuring that all services are fully public “is the only way to guarantee a system without classifications and equity in working conditions.”


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