The decision of the General Affairs Council of the EU, which agreed this Tuesday to examine the official status of the Catalan language, has not satisfied the Catalan government. “The government is coming too late and badly” into the Catalan debate, complained the spokesman for the Generalitat. Patricia Beach, after the government meeting. A much tougher position than that of Junts, its spokesman in Congress, Miriam Noguera, congratulated himself because the recognition of the Catalan language “there is no turning back”.
Esquerra and Junts thus swap roles in the negotiations with the PSOE, which Carles Puigdemont has led in recent weeks. “Today Catalan should have become official, but that didn’t happen because the government did its job late and poorly. Plaja criticized: “Obligations must be fulfilled and this has not been fulfilled at the moment.”
Plaja has repeatedly pointed out that the government alone is responsible for “putting an end to the democratic anomaly” that Catalan is not an official language of the Union. Albares had recently congratulated himself on overcoming the 26 veto of the Spanish proposal in the General Affairs Council.
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The government spokesman also dismissed the legal and economic concerns of foreign ministers, who demanded that the proposal be examined within the EU before a decision was made. “It’s not about completely overcome legal or economic arguments, it’s about politics,” argued Plaja, contradicting statements from officials such as the Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto who also did this in a speech in Catalan.
“All responsibility lies with the government,” they insist of the government. “We had a historic opportunity today and are not yet where we should be,” he criticized, but admitted that “a step forward has been taken.” For the ERC board, the government “not only has not fulfilled its obligations fulfilled, but also left 10 million Europeans in the lurch.”
JxCat congratulates himself: “There is no turning back”
On the other hand, the spokesperson of JxCat congratulated herself in Congress on the progress made in the recognition of the Catalan language both in the Cortes and in the European Union. “Today Catalan is closer to being official in the European Union,” celebrated Míriam Nogueras at the doors of the Congress.
“It is a process that knows no return,” he added, “Catalan is much closer” to being an official language of the EU. “We will see what capacity the PSOE has to respect the agreements,” he added, after boasting that he had “initiated” the debate on the issue and presented it “to the highest European authorities”.
Nogueras recognizes “Albares’ efforts” to “start the process” of making Catalan official in the EU. The Junts spokesman pointed out that “we have asked to send the letter” to demand the reform of the language regime “and that this issue will be put on the table” to ensure the fulfillment of their demands to the PSOE during of the proceedings of the Congress to highlight table, last August.