President Mas defends “key role” Catalonia can play as a regional actor


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (R) and Catalonian regional government president Artur Mas (L) look aside after posing for the family picture of the attendees at the conference on the Mediterranean in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 13 April 2015. Foreign Ministers of the European Union and of the Mediterranean southern shore countries attend this meeting on the future of European Neighbourhood policy.

“We can look forward into new horizons which we will always imagine to be Mediterranean and European”

This morning the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, spoke at the opening ceremony of the EU’s Informal Ministerial meeting with Southern European partners. The meeting was held in Barcelona’s Palau Reial de Pedralbes where representatives from the European Union member states and eight ministers from non-EU Mediterranean countries discussed the future of European Neighbourhood Policy.

The President alluded to the “umbilical cord” connecting Catalonia and Europe and how it has remained u...

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