Ex-Spanish delegate in Catalonia gets Andalusian government post
Enric Millo appointed as head of international relations for Spain’s southernmost region
Enric Millo, the Spanish government delegate in Catalonia at the height of the independence crisis, has been appointed secretary-general for foreign affairs by the regional government of Andalusia.
Millo was the highest authority in Catalonia over the seven months of direct rule from Madrid, an exceptional measure triggered by former Spanish president Mariano Rajoy to remove the pro-independence government of Carles Puigdemont.
Dismissed from his post when the Socialists came to power in June 2018, Millo has secured a job in what could become one of the few administrations controlled by the People’s Party in the coming years, with the conservatives having plunged in a general election and facing a string of regional and local polls within a month.
Although PP and Ciudadanos control the Andalusian government with the support of far-right Vox, the three parties have not managed to obtain a majority of seats in the Spanish congress.
Catalan trial testimony
Millo recently appeared as a witness at Spain’s Supreme Court, where 12 Catalan politicians and activists are in the dock for calling a referendum and declaring independence in 2017.
Millo described “dozens of acts of harassment, intimidation and violence" by pro-independence supporters in the run-up to the October 1 referendum, carried out despite a Spanish court ban.
“I’ve been forced to move around with bodyguards, due to the hostility against me and my family"
Enric Millo · Former Spanish delegate in Catalonia
"Wherever the police acted on court orders, there were groups of people harassing, shouting, pestering, threatening them, and in some cases there were attacks on vehicles and people to obstruct their law-enforcement work,” Millo told judges.
With more than a thousand voters reportedly injured by Spanish police at polling stations, Millo blamed the violence on then-president Carles Puigdemont for refusing to call off the vote despite his warnings.
Millo’s testimony sparked outrage among pro-independence parties, with Catalan president Quim Torra stating: “There are lies and falsehoods, and then there’s the testimony of Enric Millo.”
Millo denounces “lynching" in Catalonia
Speaking on Spanish TV, Millo explained that he needed “a fresh challenge” and attributed his decision to his “lynching" by pro-independence supporters: “I’ve been forced to move around with bodyguards, due to the hostility against me and my family.”