Àlex Tort, Barcelona
09/18/2019 17:15 Updated on 09/19/2019 08:16
The ‘El País de Demà’ platform rules out that it aspires to be a party despite having members of the PDECat and the PSC
A space for reflection and thought of Catalanism. The El País de Demà platform has been officially presented today at noon, emphasizing the need for Catalonia to recover the fluid relationship with the State to promote economic progress that should generate social progress. In this sense, the group has demanded to overcome the stage of the ‘procés’ because “it is not possible”, although it recognizes the objective of independence as a “legitimate and valid” option if it is channeled by means that “do not harm Catalonia”, discarding, therefore, unilaterality. In addition, it bets for getting the “maximum performance” from the current autonomy.
The group’s coordinators, the general director of the ESDI Foundation (Escola Superior de Disseny) and vice president of the Reial Monestir de Poblet Foundation, Antoni Garrell, and the philosopher and economist Adrià Aldomà have affirmed that the initiative arises from civil society and they do not have “any kind of interest” in the platform becoming a political party, despite having among its collaborators former leaders of the PDECat or Convergencia, such as Marta Pascal, Carles Campuzano or Lluís Recoder, as well as from the PSC environment, such as Esperança Esteve, or Units per Avançar. Garrell has referred to the first three figures. He has affirmed that there are three names among the more than 260 personalities who have made contributions to configure the ideology of El País de Demà, who have some profiles for having carried out a political task, “but nobody has participated under political affiliations”. In addition, he has denied that the platform is conditioned by the post-convergent reordering process, especially from Junts per Catalunya and PDECat, or by the “tacticism of any party”.
In any case, Garrell wanted to make it very clear that this space aspires to influence political groups so that they assume its ideas and that “it is not against anyone”.
The platform will consolidate its ideology this Saturday at a meeting at the Monestir de Poblet. Among the issues contained in the documentation to be discussed, of more than 200 pages, one of the most prominent is its commitment to redirect political activity in Catalonia. For the promoters, it is essential to “refocus the energies on improving the functioning and prestige of the Catalan institutions” after the turbulent years of the ‘procés’. “Independence is a legitimate aspiration for many, but the way it has been addressed is not the good one. It is a process that must be rethought with perseverance, patience and good sense, totally renouncing unilateralism and respecting the laws”, Garrell insisted. At this point, he said that “it has no logic” that the independence leaders imprisoned because of the 1-O remain in prison, because in their opinion, the conflict should not have been prosecuted. “But we need the State, otherwise we will not be able to go ahead”, Garrell admitted.
However, despite their commitment to make the most of their autonomy, the drivers have recognized that “between 50 and 60% of what they propose can be achieved with the current competences of the Generalitat, while the rest can only be achieved with a territorial reform of the State.
Be that as it may, ‘El País de Demà’ takes a long look in its document. The scope of the tasks covers the economic, the social, the values and the political. Garrell has emphasized the first aspect, considering that success at this point is crucial to progress in the social. He has also claimed that in order for the companies to function, a balance between the business market, the public administration and civil society is necessary.