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The Catalan Parliament establishes the committee for self-determination with 80% support

On Thursday, the Parliament of Catalonia set up the parliamentary committee for the right to self-determination with the support of all parties except the Spanish nationalists People’s Party – which runs the Spanish Government – and the anti-Catalan nationalism Ciutadans. 80% of MPs support the creation of this commission, which will study legal ways to organise a self-determination vote in Catalonia. The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Núria de Gispert, will chair the committee due to its importance. De Gispert has guaranteed she will play the “neutral” role of “moderator”. On the same day, the youth of the parties supporting the creation of this committee signed a manifesto backing up Catalonia’s right to self-determination.

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05 July 2013 12:44 AM

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Barcelona (ACN).- On Thursday, the Parliament of Catalonia set up the parliamentary committee for the right to self-determination with the support of all the parties except the Spanish nationalists People\u2019s Party \u2013 which runs the Spanish Government \u2013 and the anti-Catalan nationalism Ciutadans. 80% of MPs support the creation of this commission, which will study legal ways to organise a self-determination vote in Catalonia. The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Núria de Gispert, will chair the committee due to its importance. De Gispert has guaranteed she will play the \u201Cneutral\u201D role of \u201Cmoderator\u201D. On the same day, the youth of the parties supporting the creation of this committee signed a manifesto backing up Catalonia\u2019s right to self-determination, stating that Catalans have the democratic right to freely decide on their collective future. The parties supporting the creation of this parliamentary committee are: the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) \u2013 which runs the Catalan Government; the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC) \u2013 which is the second largest party in the Parliament and has a stability pact with the CiU; the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) \u2013 which is part of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE, to which it is federated; the Catalan Green Socialist and Communist Coalition (ICV-EUiA) \u2013 which is associated with the Spanish Izquierda Unida; and the radical left-wing and independence party CUP. They all support Catalonia\u2019s right to self-determination and they hold 107 seats in the 135-seat Parliament.


Catalonia has taken another step on the road to self-determination with the formation of a parliamentary committee to study the legal ways in which to organise a self-determination vote in Catalonia and discuss organisational matters such as the type of question, constituency and date. As a fact illustrating the importance and transversal nature of this committee, it will be chaired by the Chamber Speaker herself, Núria de Gispert.

The PP and C\u2019s leave the room

This decision was heavily criticised by the People\u2019s Party (PP) and Ciutadans (C\u2019s), the two Spanish nationalist parties who opposed the creation of such a committee and  who are totally against Catalonia\u2019s independence and its right to self-determination. Therefore, the PP and C\u2019s refused to participate in the new committee. In fact, after the voting and before the committee started its activities, the PP and C\u2019s MPs left the room.

\u201CThe most important\u201D committee created in the last few years

The President of the Catalan Parliament defended her role as the committee\u2019s chair, since it is \u201Cthe most important\u201D committee created in the last few years. De Gispert guaranteed she will act in a \u201Cneutral\u201D way, as a \u201Cmoderator\u201D and said she will be \u201Clooking for the groups\u2019 complicity and dialogue\u201D. She also send a message to the PP and C\u2019s: \u201Cthey know the door of this committee is open and it would be positive if they were participating in it\u201D. Therefore, she added that \u201Cthey will be welcome to participate in it\u201D.

In her first speech as the committee\u2019s Chairperson, De Gispert announced that the group will meet again before the end of July, in order to approve the list of experts that will appear before the committee. Furthermore, she asked the MPs for \u201Coutward-looking, generosity and lucidity\u201D, because \u201Cso much hope and expectation cannot be jeopardised\u201D. 

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  • The Catalan Parliament voting on Thursday for the creation of the committe on the right to self-determination (by G. Soriano)

  • The Catalan Parliament voting on Thursday for the creation of the committe on the right to self-determination (by G. Soriano)