Monday, June 27

Pere Aragonès: 100 days of landing and a sloping autumn

This Sunday marks 100 days (which include July and August) since the inauguration of the first Republican ‘president’ since Lluís Companys. Those consulted by this newspaper, the party and the Executiu, acknowledge that, for example, in the legislative field, little has been done. And they describe these 100 days as a “landing” with a lot of dull work, among them, the conformation of the teams. “The Government must work and we must start legislatively,” synthesizes a voice, which shows its confidence that the results will be seen in the autumn.

The president-elect of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, took office at the Palau de la Generalitat. Ricard Cugat

It is in the most ethereal field of politics where the republican environment is very satisfied. They believe they have laid the groundwork for it to be evident the clean cut between convergent administrations (singularly that of Torra) and the republican. The image that the ‘president’ commands has been transferred, they say, and it has been achieved by greatly reducing the noise of daggers between Montagues and Capulets, that is, between Republicans and post-convergents.

Republicans believe that Aragonès rules and that they have managed to reduce the noise of the conflict between ERC and Junts


“Topics have been broken. The ‘president’ and the ‘consellers’ must be in whatever places they want ”, asserts a ‘plumber’ from Palau who gives as an example that Aragonès held the first meeting with CCOO at the union headquarters. The first ‘president’ to do so. “You can see the age of Aragonès”, underpins another position before anticipating that a remodeling of the visual image of the Government will be carried out shortly. “We have a 38-year-old president, a young team, and we are surrounded by all the paraphernalia from two decades ago.”

“The institution and institutionality have been recovered. And that serious image has been tied to that of the party, something that ERC, after the tripartite party, needed ”, ponders a fourth voice. “The Generalitat is not underestimated, and even less from within the Generalitat itself”, sentence in reference to the Torra stage. New times, new ways, beyond the fact that senior officials come to the Palau de la Generalitat in t-shirts: Aragonès has appeared before the media without a limit of questions 20 times in these 100 days.

The negotiation table is set up on the great issue of the quarter, together with the balances for complying with the pact with the CUP


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Relationship between partners

All with minimal friction. “Before there were two ‘governs’, one from ERC and the other from JxCat. Now there is only one Government, with members appointed by two parties ”, it is asserted in the corridors of Palau. This own entity as a government causes messages to be issued that do not coincide with the orthodoxy of each of the formations.

An example that is worth two. The pact of the Executiu with the Executive of Pedro Sanchez about the airport does not fit 100% with what ERC says, about the expansion itself, nor with what JxCat defends about the relationship with Madrid, since the executor of the agreement was Jordi Puigneró. “Aragonès has always lined up alongside every ‘councilor’,” recalls a party voice that is aware of Torra’s disavowal of Alba Vergès in Parliament in the midst of a pandemic wave.

The Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, meets with the ‘Vice President’ of the Government, Jordi Puigneró. assigned

In the elimination of noise it helps, according to all voices (another thing is what the media thinks) the existence of a “professional” spokesperson [Patrícia Plaja] that does not fuel the game of replies and counter-replies. “Have a ‘councilor’ spokesperson [en referencia a Meritxell Budó] which does not attack a fellow Executive Board [por Vergès], help. Certainly ”, they say sarcastically.

The shadow they cast, in addition to the little legislative production, is that they have “let themselves eat the toast and we have been involved in debates that are from the 90s. Winter Olympic Games As the airport, which has been dragging on since the 2006 Statute ”, points out a voice that admits that“ perhaps ”Aragonès did not mark a position as clear as needed about the future of El Prat. And it is that, in the words of someone who knows him very well, the ‘president’ “is one of those who loses few balls, but it is also difficult for him to shoot at goal.”

In the coming months, the ‘president’ will deploy a double international agenda, the commercial one and the one focused on the ‘procés’


New course

And now the course begins. “It will be a very political autumn. The key will be the negotiation table “, they all agree.” It is a restart of the forum and, also, with JxCat inside again “, highlights a source, who warns that” there are no immediate results, but install some meeting and work dynamics”. A coreligionist, without being especially optimistic that there may be tangible results from the table, does underline that, “with Scotland also in the limelight and with the entire judicial dossier of the ‘procés’ already in Strasbourg”, the Executive of Pedro Sánchez “does not he can go to the negotiating table without energy. “He is asked if he means by that that” Europe is looking at us ‘again.’ “No, not as much as that,” he acknowledges.

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Pere Aragonès, Pedro Sánchez and Quim Torra. David castro

For all this, this fall will also be activated the international agenda of Aragonés. In the sector and in terms of the ‘procés’. Or using the first to get to the second. German ‘Lander’ with whom you have a business relationship and European sectoral commissioners, on the one hand, and meetings where politics prevails. They do not affirm it, but it is intuited that a photo with Nicola Sturgeon, the president of Scotland, in the heat of struggle to achieve a second independence referendum for the British north. The truth is that now, with an Executiu that has parked one-sidedness, there are more options to establish a relationship with the Scots than a few years ago. Without forgetting that, ideologically, the SNP and ERC are in full harmony, that of social independence.

Budgets in BCN and Madrid

All this with the evolution of domestic politics. The general policy debate in Parliament and compliance with agreement with the CUP (of which “gestures” have already been made, they say) regarding housing, guaranteed income and the creation of a public energy company. And the budgets, of the State and of the Generalitat.

The relationship with the socialists is another element at stake. Always under the shadow of the tripartite, the Government has no intention of sitting down to negotiate the Catalan accounts with the PSC. “We are rivals in the metropolitan area and it is not advisable to give them more visibility than they already have as the main opposition force, beyond the fact that there is a preferential agreement with the CUP”, they summarize in Palau.

As for the State accounts, Aragonès has already promised to separate the negotiation with the PSOE from the dialogue table. Unless, says his surroundings, that the blockage on the table is flagrant.

And, the closest thing, the Diada, which this year is unofficially staged as against the dialogue table and for unilateralism. “We will turn a deaf ear and we will be there,” says a voice. “Managing hyperventilation is always difficult,” another resigned. And to all this, 100 days have passed and, therefore, 21 months remain for the motion of confidence to which Aragonès will submit, as agreed with the CUP. Until then, it looks like the hill will be steep.

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First trimester timeline

May 21th: Pere Aragonès is invested as ‘president’.

June 7th: Aragonès and Pedro Sánchez initiate detente between governments with their first joint act, the same day that Junqueras endorses the pardons of the ‘procés’ and questions the unilateral way.

June 22nd: The Government of Sánchez pardons the prisoners of 1-O, who leave the jails the next day.

June 27th: El Rey, Sánchez and Aragonès meet for the first time in a public event, the inauguration of the Mobile World Congress, and join forces for economic recovery.

June 29: Sánchez and Aragonès meet in Moncloa and agree on the need to “channel the conflict”, but maintain “great differences”.

July 6th: The Generalitat backtracks on the de-escalation and closes nightlife again before the rise of the coronavirus.

July 6th: The Government approves a fund of 10 million euros to help those indicted by the Court of Accounts to pay the bonds.

12th of July: The Generalitat decrees that bars and restaurants close at 00.30 hours to stop the contagion of covid.

July 13: The Government decrees a night curfew only in the municipalities with the highest incidence of the pandemic.

July 21: The Catalan Executive decides to directly endorse those indicted by the Court of Accounts when not finding a bank that does it.

28 of July: The Generalitat returns to the Council for Fiscal and Financial Policy with the presence of the ‘minister’ Jaume Giró.

July 30: Aragonès is absent from the conference of regional presidents in Salamanca.

August 2: Government and Generalitat reactivate the bilateral commission and agree to expand the El Prat airport.

August 4: Vaccination is open to young people from 12 to 15 years old.

August 19th: The TSJC overturns the extension of the night curfew proposed by the Generalitat.

August 24th: The Government renounces the night curfew after a second judicial rejection.

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