The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez , and that of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès , added a new photo this Friday in Moncloa but little else, although the meeting was a political gesture to unblock relations at the highest level between both executives.
In more than an hour and a half of conversation, the General State Budgets (PGE) for 2023 were not mentioned, for which the Government seeks the support of ERC, according to both parties. The main result of the presidential appointment was a new date to meet the dialogue table with which to try to resolve the Catalan political conflict. It will be the last week of July in Madrid, almost a year after its last call, in September 2021, but neither of the two administrations have specified the agenda.
Aragonès stressed that the ” dejudicialization ” of the political conflict will be addressed, but he limited himself to waiting “if possible, the first partial agreements and agreeing on lines of work” at this month’s meeting, in which the presidents will not participate.
In any case, Aragonès stressed that the case of state espionage against Catalan independence supporters with the Pegasus program has not been solved with the dismissal of the director of the CNI, and that the end of “criminalization and repression” is only the first step to bring positions closer together: “We will be far from resolving the conflict as long as Catalan citizens cannot decide the political future of the country by voting on whether Catalonia should be an independent state”.
Despite this interest in dejudicialization, Sánchez and Aragonès did not comment on the reform of the crime of sedition, nor the report of the general counsel of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published this Thursday that considers that the Belgian Justice cannot reject the extradition of those accused by the 1-O demanded by the magistrate of the Supreme Court Pablo Llarena, among them the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.
They did address, according to Moncloa, the economic situation that Spain is going through, the increase in prices due to the war and the measures that the Government is implementing to alleviate the effects of inflation, as well as the development and deployment of European funds in Catalonia, and the execution of infrastructures.
In any case, Aragonès recalled that economic issues will not be addressed at the dialogue table, but in other areas: the PGE between parliamentary groups, and the competence issues in the State-Generalitat bilateral commission and other sectoral commissions between the central Executive and the autonomous community, such as transfers, economic and fiscal affairs, and infrastructure.
Both the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez -who appeared before the media after the meeting of presidents in Moncloa-, and Aragonès, appealed to Junts to be part of the dialogue table this July as part of the Catalan Executive.