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Catalan Government: It’s not just about economics

The Catalan Government spokeswoman, Neus Munté, has commented on the promise by Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy to invest €4.2 billion in infrastructures in Catalonia. She expressed the Government’s “immense skepticism” regarding Rajoy’s promises and advised him to add a “clause to avoid its breach”, bearing in mind previous experiences. “If there is anybody who believes that what happens in Catalonia is only an economic problem, then he is really confused,” she added. Moreover, Munté considered Rajoy’s announcement a strategy “to hide the fact that the so-called ‘operation dialogue’ never existed at all”.

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28 March 2017 06:00 PM

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Barcelona (CNA).- Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, promised this Tuesday to invest €4.2 billion in infrastructures in Catalonia, an announcement which was regarded with “immense skepticism” by the Catalan Government. Indeed, Catalan Government spokeswoman, Neus Munté, ironically advised Rajoy to include a “breach of contract clause”, given the previous record. Munté also considered Rajoy’s announcement a strategy “to hide the fact that the so-called ‘operation dialogue’ never existed”. “If there is anybody who believes that what is happening in Catalonia is only an economic problem, then he is really confused,” she stated.


“It’s not skepticism, it’s disbelief,” she said. “If there is no clause to avoid its breach we can’t back this investment,” she said. Munté also referred to the “constant breaches of promises” regarding Spain’s investment in Catalonia’s infrastructures and said that the conference which Rajoy opened this Tuesday, called ‘Connected to the Future’ should be named ‘Connected to the Past’ instead.

Munté dismissed the possibility that Rajoy’s announcement would help foster dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan governments. “Only dialogue contributes to dialogue,” she said claiming that promising investment on infrastructures has nothing to do with this.

Regarding Rajoy’s call for Catalan businessmen to help him “win the battle of moderation, responsibility, and sense”, she insisted that 80% of Catalans support calling a referendum which in itself is proof of moderation and harmony. “We don’t see it as a minority or a lack of harmony or moderation either,” she added.

Thus, Munté considered Rajoy’s announcement a strategy “to hide the fact that the so-called ‘operation dialogue’ never existed”. According to Munté, Catalonia’s demands can’t be placated with economic promises and whoever believes that “has been absolutely disconnected and unaware of the situation over the last few years,” she stated.

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  • Catalan Government's Spokeswoman, Neus Munté, addressing the press this Tuesday (by ACN)