23.02.2020 00:00 h.
Sociedad Civil Catalana (SCC) will build a wall against the attempt to take the professional associations by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC). The constitutional entity will hold an event for the “neutrality” and “ideological freedom” of the collegial entities on March 12.
The SCC event will be attended by architects, doctors, lawyers, psychologists and university professors, among other representatives of professional sectors. The open conclave, which will take place at the headquarters of the College of Journalists of Catalonia in Barcelona, aims to be a show of strength to vindicate the ideological neutrality of the collegial organizations that independence seeks to take to put at the service of the secessionist cause, as announced by the ANC on its own website [see here].
SCC: “The law prohibits it”
In conversation with this media, the first vice president of Catalan Civil Society, Álex Ramos, recalled that professional associations are governed by two laws, national 2/1974 and regional 7/2006. “The legislative texts make clear the configuration and spirit of professional entities. They must be at the service of their members and defend the professions within society. In no case is it explicit that they are political or ideological entities”.
Ramos, also a doctor, has emphasized cases such as the expulsion of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB) from the National Pact for the Right to Decide in 2016. This was achieved by a group of lawyers at the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) ). “There are rulings contrary to the politicization of the collegial entities. A collegial board cannot appropriate the ideological representation of all the members, because in the professional entities there are plurality of ideas”, he stressed.
ANC (Assemblea Nacional de Catalunya): “They must be ‘lobbies’ for independence”
The Civil Society response will come shortly after knowing that the ANC is trying to put at least six professional associations in Catalonia at the service of the nationalist cause. Under the umbrella of the Eines de País campaign, which managed to break into the Cámara de Comercio de Barcelona and place the businessman and activist Joan Canadell in the presidency, the pro-independence leaders point to the colleges of nurses, doctors, lawyers, economists, psychologists, architects and computer technicians. They want to do it with entrist lists from today, Sunday, February 24, at which time the board of the Official College of Nurses of Barcelona (COIB, for its acronym in Catalan) is voted, until 2023, when the election round ends with the designation of the board of lawyers of Lleida.
For what purpose? “Collegial bodies can be a lobby that affects public policy”, says the association chaired by Elisenda Paluzie. It goes without saying that the pseudo-civil platform understands that this impact on the actions of administrations should guide them to shore up the battered independence cause. In fact, the pro-independence leaders intend to break into the boards of the professional colleges despite the setbacks they have harvested so far. To the failure in the ICAB should be added the rebellion in the Medical Association of Barcelona; the expulsion of the College of Architects of Catalonia from the pro-referendum manifesto of October 1, 2017 and the deontological file opened against the pro-independence dean of the College of Engineers of Roads, Canals and Bridges, Oriol Altisench, for the same reason.