Barcelona, Sep 22 (EFE).- The leaders of JxCat and ERC have lowered the tone of their mutual statements and have given themselves more room to reach an agreement allowing them to maintain the government coalition, without the pressure of the political class. general debate to be held in Parliament from 27 to 30 September.
For the past two weeks, the leaders of the two parties have held discreet meetings at the Palau de Pedralbes to reconcile positions, in the face of warnings from JxCat, which set three conditions for signing peace with ERC.
The three conditions – reactivation of a “general staff” of the process which draws a new independence roadmap, unity of action in Madrid and negotiation of amnesty and self-determination at the table of dialogue with the State – are written into the government agreement that ERC and JxCat were sealed last year, but were not achieved.
Since the beginning of September, JxCat has been warning its partners that if these three points are not respected, their continuity within the government will be meaningless.
The continuity of the juntas in government, in any case, will be decided by its militancy in consultation, according to the modalities fixed by the national council of the party, which according to training sources could meet around October 20.
JxCat’s urgency to clarify its future – there are powerful sections within the party that advocate leaving government – has led its leaders to convene ERC to seek a deal ahead of the general policy debate, but Republicans won’t. have not accepted the pressures well and, last Saturday, Oriol Junqueras came to accuse Junts and PSC of having historically “concealed” their corruption affairs.
Before the finding that the tension between the backs socios del Govern no hacía more than increase, y tras los avisos a puerta cerrada de ERC de que no iban a “ceder a chantajes ni ultimátums”, JxCat ha rebajado el tono de sus declaraciones en the last days.
JxCat chairwoman Laura Borràs denied last Tuesday that next week’s general policy debate represents an “ultimatum” for the ERC to agree to Junts’ terms.
The JxCat sources consulted by Efe corroborate that the “ultimatum” to know if the coalition can be saved is not the general policy debate, but the consultation that Junts will hold this autumn.
Far from fueling the feeling that JxCat could go into opposition, this Thursday, the vice-president of the government, Jordi Puigneró, stressed that he and his party have a “governmental vocation”, so they are working to make the agreement possible.
After the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, announced yesterday that during the general policy debate he would make a “broad proposal for self-determination”, Puigneró indicated that JxCat is “waiting” to hear about this proposal to see if it is possible to join her.
ERC Deputy Secretary General and Spokesperson Marta Vilalta celebrated this Thursday from Parliament that JxCat “no longer talks about ultimatums”.
Vilalta pointed out that the absence of an ultimatum allows the general policy debate to focus on “meeting the most basic needs of citizens” and to “prioritise”, for example, the adoption of measures to deal with the inflation.
“It’s the best thing we can do from the government: to be useful, to help people”, remarked Vilalta, who demanded “respect, responsibility and loyalty” from his partners, to “accompany the government, instead of attacking or destabilizing it”. “.
On the other hand, after the image of division displayed by the independence movement on the Diada of September 11, due to the absence of ERC in the demonstration of the ANC, for the fifth anniversary of the unilateral referendum on 1-O , this year a united party act at the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona which Esquerra will attend.
Former Speaker of Parliament Carme Forcadell and former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont will lead the speeches at the event.