The general secretary of ERC (Catalan Republican Left), Marta Rovira, has today travelled to Brussels to meet with Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and the ministers with him, one of whom is also from ERC.
Rovira has travelled to the Belgian capital the day after the president confirmed his wish to stand in the 21st December election at the head of a cross-spectrum pro-independence list without the PDeCAT (Catalan European Democratic Party) name, called Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) instead.
The aim of the trip is, according to ERC party sources, to take an interest in the situation of the cabinet members in exile and to ensure a "unity of action" towards the election, to guarantee maximum mobilisation and to agree the "minimums and proposals" for the day after the vote.
ERC's secretary general has met with Puigdemont after the debate within the pro-independence side over the advantages and disadvantages of presenting a joint electoral list. Just yesterday, ERC deputy Gabriel Rufián sent a tweet saying that the aim for 21st December has to be to restore the Catalan institutions and the legitimate president Carles Puigdemont.
Nuestra lucha este 21D es por la restitución de las instituciones, gobierno y Presidente legítimo de Catalunya, Carles Puigdemont.— Gabriel Rufián (@gabrielrufian) 13 novembre 2017
Rovira plans to hold separate meetings with the president and the members of the government that are in Brussels, Toni Comín, Meritxell Serret, Clara Ponsatí and Lluís Puig.
Last week saw Puigdemont also receiving a number of other visitors in Brussels for meetings, including Marta Pascal, the coordinator of PDeCAT, Artur Mas, the party's president, and CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) leaders Anna Gabriel and Benet Salellas.