Catalonia's exiled president Carles Puigdemont and current president Quim Torra are to meet in a Brussels hotel this Monday with the principal elected representatives of their party Together for Catalonia (JxCat) - that is, deputies in the Catalan Parliament, the Spanish Congress and the Senate. Holders of Catalan ministerial roles will also attend the meeting of the pro-independence political group, which will in particular discuss the negotiations on the formation of a new Spanish government under Socialist (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez, with a view to defining the party's strategy for the coming months.
Caucus meetings of this type are held by the JxCat party periodically, and this one will also serve to analyze last week's meeting between JxCat and the PSOE, and the contacts that the Socialists have established with the electorally-largest of the Catalan pro-independence parties, the Republican Left (ERC). Another issue that will be put on the table will be the possible banning of president Torra from holding public office, depending on the decision to be made by the High Court of Catalonia following Torra's trial for alleged disobedience, after failing to remove a banner and a yellow ribbon from the seat of the Catalan government, the Palau de la Generalitat.
The other hot topic will be the negotiations that will have to be carried out to pass the Catalan government budget for 2020. The JxCat- ERC government has spent months negotiating the issue with the left-wing Comuns.