The recently proclaimed president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, met this Thursday morning with the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, where both have begun negotiations to unblock “bilateral issues.” Both leaders have concluded the meeting assuring that a new stage of maximum collaboration between both administrations begins.
After the meeting, which lasted almost two hours, both the president as the first mayor, they have agreed that there is a great “predisposition” of both administrations to work “facing the problems that concern citizens.” Aragonés has announced that he has agreed with Colau on various “problems” such as the housing emergency and the “need to develop a protocol against evictions.” A promise made three days after the Mossos riot police took action last Tuesday in an eviction in Poble Sec. The president and the mayor have agreed to put a mixed commission of both administrations “in motion” for June 18. Aragonés has ensured that the relationship between the Generalitat and the City Council will be based on two ideas: “Institutional loyalty and mutual trust. We must collaborate because the challenges are great and we have to improve people’s lives. We want to rebuild the country (for Catalonia) and we will do it hand in hand with the city councils ”.
Mayor Ada Colau stressed that the first issue they discussed at the meeting was the housing emergency. “We must make a turning point in housing policies. The Barcelona city council is the administration that has implemented the most housing policies and we want the Generalitat to accompany us. We have an anti-eviction mediation service and we believe that similar units are needed throughout Catalonia. We have also dealt with social services and guaranteed income policies to face the social emergency and we have also talked about a Catalan mental health plan ”, highlighted the mayor. Among the points of dialogue they have talked about climate change and policies to strengthen public transport. Both have coincided with the opportunity represented by the arrival of European funds to carry out these policies. “Today begins a new stage of maximum institutional collaboration,” concluded the mayor.
Asked about Colau’s relationship with the former president Quim Torra, the mayor has warned: “From the City Council we have always dialogued with the Generalitat, but it is clear that collaboration can be minimum or maximum. There have been times when we have felt alone in housing policies but I am convinced that with the president (for Aragonese) it will change ”.
Aragonés was invested president of the Generalitat last Friday. That same day, the mayor of Barcelona congratulated the Republican and immediately called for a meeting “as soon as possible” to “reactivate an agenda that has been blocked and paralyzed for months.” The interview with the first mayor of Barcelona takes place only six days later. The meeting with Quim Torra took place in June 2018 one month after taking office.