The Department of Foreign Affairs led by Minister Victòria Alsina will open a new Catalan delegation in Brazil while reorganizing some of the existing offices.
The Brazil office will be located in Brasilia, the capital of the federal state, and expands the presence of the Catalan administration in the American continents. In fact, Catalonia had until now a delegation in Mexico and another in Washington.
The changes introduced by Exteriors in its network also affect its delegation in the United States, which from now on will be called the United States and Canada delegation.
The headquarters will continue to be in Washington, although it has another office in New York. In the future, the Generalitat intends to open an office in Quebec that will depend on the Washington delegation, as Minister Alsina announced months ago.
In this way, Catalonia will have official delegations in Brazil, Mexico and the United States and offices that will depend on these three centers in other countries on the continent.
Another of the changes introduced affects the Tunis office, which becomes the North African delegation with Algeria and Morocco as other centers of interest. The presence of the Catalan administration on this continent is completed with the office opened in Senegal.
Exteriors has also rearranged the allocation of countries in central and southeastern Europe. The Central Europe office is located in Vienna and covers Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, which until now was attached to the South-East Europe delegation.
This last delegation, based in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, covers Croatia itself, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia.
Not counting the new headquarters in Brazil, the Generalitat currently has 14 delegations and aspires to have twenty.
The agreement for the remodeling was adopted at the beginning of this week and has been published this morning in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat.
The expansion of the network has been carried out in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government with which normality has gradually been recovered after the events of 2017 and the suspension of autonomy under article 155 of the Constitution. The takeover by the central government of the Catalan administration meant the closure of all delegations.
The so-called Catalan foreign action is still one of the judicial battle fronts opened as a result of the procés and surely one of the most onerous charges for the assets of the former ministers and officials who participated in those events.
Precisely last Tuesday, at the same time that this reorganization of the network of delegations was approved, it announced the renewal of the delegate of the Generalitat in Germany, Marine Kapretz, who had held this same position since 2016 and was included among the delegates who had to face financial responsibilities before the Court of Auditors.
Kapretz, according to the note released by the Government, has renewed his contract for four years after participating in a selective process along with other people.