What’s going on in Catalonia?

Events / 08.6.17

What’s going on in Catalonia was a joint initiative of Sobirania i Justicia and Centre Maurits Coppieters. The conference brought to Brussels independent voices of Catalonia from the academia, civil society, and business associations with the aim of bringing first hand information on the independence process to international audiences.

After six years of massive demonstrations, the pro independence movement continues to grow in size and strength, social support for an independence referendum nears 80% – according to polls. 61% of Catalan Parliament also supports it.

Bridges are broken and there is no dialogue between Madrid and Barcelona, will we see a a peaceful and, democratic resolution of the stalemate? What’s Europe’s position on the issue? Can the EU prepare for Catalan independence? Is internal Enlargement of the Union the only viable solution  to secure EU citizenship for 7 million Catalans?

What’s going on in Catalonia? Program:

17:00 Registration of participants

Light snacks and drinks will be served.

17:00 Doors

18:00 Opening words

  • Isabel-Helena Martí. President of Sobirania i Justicia.

18:15 Panel – What’s going on in Catalonia

  • Salvador Cardús i Ros. Sociology professor. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
  • Roser Clavell. Founder of Public Diplomacy council of Catalonia, Diplocat (2012) & British Counsul (2001-2007).
  • Antoni Abad. Businessperson. President of CECOT.

19:00 Q&A

19:50 Closing remarks

  • Günther Dauwen. Secretary General of the Centre Maurits Coppieters.

20:00 Closure

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When: Thursday 8th June 2017, from 18:00 to 20:00
Where: L42 – Rue de la Loi 42 Wetstraat, 1040 Brussels

RSVP required: info@ideasforeurope.eu For security reasons accreditation and ID will be required to access the venue.

Get involved:

Share your views about the event on our Facebook event page or tweet with the hashtag #WhatsGoingOnCatalonia


A dinner with the speakers is foreseen after the conference. Venue and price to be confirmed. Interested? Please book your spot at info@ideasforeurope.eu


Media inquiries can be addressed to info@ideasforeurope.eu

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This event and the Centre Maurits Coppieters are financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference nor the opinions of the speakers.