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New Catalan ministers take office under the presidency of Pere Aragon猫s

Fourteen ministers, equally distributed between ERC and Junts, face challenges posed by Covid, housing, and independence question

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26 May 2021 10:20 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Pere Aragonès' fourteen ministers have officially taken office as of Wednesday morning, after a ceremony held at the government headquarters in Barcelona. 

The new department heads will be evenly split between coalition partners Esquerra Republicana and Junts per Catalunya. Have a listen to our latest podcast for what to expect in the current term:

All newly appointed department heads gave their oath to the president who had asked of them: "Do you promise to faithfully fulfil the obligations of the position you assume in the service of Catalonia and with loyalty to the President of the Catalan Government?"

The new cabinet will begin work in the middle of various crises, including the health emergency posed by Covid-19, the ensuing economic crisis, as well as huge questions standing over issues such as housing. 

Ministries led by Esquerra

Presidency - Laura Vilagrà; Interior - Joan Ignasi Elena; Education - Josep González Cambray; Feminism - Tània Verge; Culture - Natàlia Garriga; Business and labor - Roger Torrent; Climate Action - Teresa Jordà.

Ministries led by Junts 

Vice President and Minister for Digital Policies and Infrastructures - Jordi Puigneró; Economy - Jaume Giró; Health - Josep Maria Argimon; Foreign Affairs and Transparency - Victòria Alsina; Justice - Lourdes Ciuró; Research and Universities - Gemma Geis; Social Rights - Violant Cervera.

A ‘new era’ for Catalonia 

Aragonés welcomed the start of a new team that "opens a new era" for Catalonia, and called on his new ministers to work "tirelessly" to carry out the "shake-up that the country needs."

Speaking in a press conference after attending his first cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Aragonès described his ministers as the "best team" to address the challenges facing Catalonia, and praised the "good working environment and complicity."

The government head said that the priority of the new executive is "the reconstruction of the lives of all Catalan citizens," and promised an "urgent response with no unjustified delays." 

"There is a political conflict that needs to be resolved," Aragonès also said, referring to the situation of the independence leaders jailed for their part in the 2017 attempt to split from Spain. On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court published their report opposing granting them a pardon, a decision which will ultimately be in the hands of the Spanish government. 

"The solution that raises the most consensus is amnesty and self-determination. And so he will transfer it to the Spanish government," Aragonès said. 

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  • The new Catalan government with president Pere Aragon猫s and the 14 ministers working under him (by Arnald Prat)

  • Catalan president Pere Aragon猫s and parliament speaker Laura Borr脿s appear alongside the new health minister Josep Maria Argimon during the ceremony to offically name the fourteen new ministers of the Catalan government (screenshot taken from TV3 broadcas

  • The new Catalan government with president Pere Aragon猫s and the 14 ministers working under him (by Arnald Prat)
  • Catalan president Pere Aragon猫s and parliament speaker Laura Borr脿s appear alongside the new health minister Josep Maria Argimon during the ceremony to offically name the fourteen new ministers of the Catalan government (screenshot taken from TV3 broadcas

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