Jordi Juan, July 18, 2021 Editor of La Vanguardia
PSC-Units spokesperson, Alícia Romero Sílvia Jardí / ACN
The dialogue, fragile, advances
With the greatest possible discretion, political dialogue is gradually making its way in Catalonia. In recent days there have been bilateral meetings that have had Pere Aragonès, Jordi Sànchez and Salvador Illa as protagonists, in the line of building a consensus that guarantees governability in Catalonia and Spain, via budget negotiation, and starting to look for a solution to the Catalan conflict. These are meetings that have not made explosive headlines, but they confirm the will of the three parties to overcome the confrontational climate of the previous legislature and to advance more in the sincere search for agreements than in discrediting the rival.
Along the same lines, the relations within the Government between ERC and Junts are very positive and have nothing to do with the situation experienced under the direction of Quim Torra. There has been a change from night to day. The most disagreeing point is Madrid because Junts wants to be at the same level as Esquerra in bilateral negotiations with the central government. The heirs of Convergència do not like the idea that Socialists and Republicans are alone in the kitchen preparing the dishes and that their role is to limit themselves to tasting them or not. In Junts they say that, if there is no hidden agenda between PSOE and ERC, the best way to show it is to let them be part of the negotiation from the first moment. That is why they have modulated their criticisms of the dialogue table as proof of good will. The claim of the socialist Illa focuses on achieving a forum similar to the dialogue table in Catalonia with all the parties, an initiative that today is still rejected by Aragonès and Sànchez.
Proof of this new climate that is being created has been the recognition that the PSC has made of the legality of the Generalitat decree to create a fund that covers sanctions against high-ranking officials, overcoming the first reluctance. Or also the celebration in August of the bilateral commission between the State and the Generalitat, when the new team of Public Administrations wanted to leave it for September.
However, it must be made clear that this phase of dialogue is very fragile, because there are still many intersecting interests working to make it wreck. Cross our fingers.