The Catalan Councilor for External Action, Ernest Maragall./Photo: Generalitat de Catalunya
The Diplomat. 09/11/2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation has reported unfavorably on the creation of six new Catalan delegations abroad.
On October 17, the Government was informed of six draft Decree for the establishment of delegations of the Generalitat in Central Europe (Vienna), Baltic States (Tallinn), Balkans (Zagreb), Portugal (Lisbon), Nordic Countries (Stockholm) ) and Mediterranean (Beirut), sent by the Catalan Government to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation for its mandatory report.
As established in article 12 of Law 2/2014 of March 25 of the Action and of the Foreign Service of the State, it is the responsibility of MAUC to inform this proposal in accordance with the guidelines, aims and objectives of the Foreign Policy, the Strategy of External Action and, in particular, with the principle of unity of action abroad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, has reported unfavorably on the opening of these delegations “on the grounds that their clear and manifest objective, repeatedly stated by the main authorities of the Government of the Generalitat, consists in using these delegations to support purposes that are manifestly contrary to the principles and objectives of Spain’s foreign policy, “the department headed Josep Borrell announced yesterday in a statement.