07.03.2021 13:34 h.
Foment del Treball qualifies the stand up the Catalan Government gave to Seat on Friday, on the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the head of state, King Felipe VI. In the words of the president of the employer’s association, Josep Sánchez Llibre, the acting Executive, in the hands of pro-independence followers, made a fool of itself and degraded the institutional role.
Through a statement, Sánchez Llibre attacks this Sunday against the absence of the Government in the institutional event of the 70th anniversary of Seat, in which the president of the Volkswagen Group, Herbert Diess, guaranteed, in the presence of Sánchez and the King, that the company will produce electric vehicles from the Martorell factory.
Nobody from the Government attended
According to Sánchez Llibre, the absence of Pere Aragonès (vice president acting as president) or members of his team (it was announced that his number two would be going, but he did not attend either) is “unjustifiable” and “inadmissible”: “When we are before a very transcendent economic, industrial and social investment, putting questionable party attitudes ahead of the general interest is literally making a fool of ourselves and degrading the institutional role of the president of the Generalitat and the Government”.
The main Catalan employers’ association, integrated in the CEOE, underlines that on Friday an investment plan was ratified that is “probably the most important and transcendent industrial project for Catalonia” in this context of crisis. For all this, it demands that the Government “govern and abandon sectarian gestures”.
Electric car batteries
“Confusing the institutional role of president of the Generalitat with that of party leader leads us to make mistakes, institutional discredit and, in this case, to put at risk industrial projects essential for the economy of our country”, says Sánchez Llibre to Aragonès in the statement.
According to him, the first electric car battery plant in Catalonia, a project in which the Spanish Government, Seat and Iberdrola participate, and which also has Caixabank and Telefónica as allies, among others, may mean “the creation of more than 10,000 jobs, direct and indirect”.
“Which reasons can, therefore, justify the absence of the acting president of the Generalitat? Is it that the Generalitat does not support this country project that will have an impact on industry and the creation of jobs?”, asked Sánchez Llibre, who has insisted that the reasons heard (the presence of Felipe VI) so far are “incomprehensible” given what is at stake.
Foment recalls that last Thursday the business community, meeting in a large event in Barcelona, asked the Catalan Government to focus on recovery and offered it a great country pact, and stressed that “Catalan society does not deserve the response received so explicitly with the absence in Martorell”: “It has no justification in a normal situation and even less so in those moments with a great economic and social impact due to the coronavirus”.
Thus, Sánchez Llibre has stressed that “enough is enough” – a motto already chosen last Thursday in the business claim and condemnation of the disturbances of recent weeks – and has demanded that the Catalan Government “abandon sectarian gestures and comply with its institutional obligations and, above all, the political ones”.