«The Generalitat allocates more than 1,000 million euros annually to entities or institutions that have been key for the national construction process in Catalonia, without which the challenge to the Constitution of 2017 would not have been possible ». This is the figure and the summary that appears in a report prepared by Impulso Ciudadano, under the heading: “More nationalism, less services”, in which the entity breaks down the cost to the Generalitat’s public coffers – what is not analyzed is that it can join the Provincial Councils and Town Halls – which is the ‘national construction’ carried out by the Catalan independentists, formerly nationalists.
The study covers eight areas of political action, is based on the 2020 Generalitat Budgets – the last ones approved – and only addresses regional programs «Directly identifiable as part of this hyper-nationalism bill», that is to say, there is no lack of TV3, Diplocat, the Síndic de Greuges, propaganda in the media or, for example, entities dedicated to cybersecurity.
One of the novelties of this report is that, for the first time and in an orderly and analytical way, The opportunity cost of dedicating those millions of public euros to nationalist policies instead of improving the public sector is included. common or social assets (education, health, security, social service …). As an example, the 23.4 million euros allocated to the Consortium for Language Normalization would be used to pay for the drugs of 4,272 patients, for five months, for their chemotherapy sessions.
The linguistic policy is one of the axes of the ‘national construction’ for the independentistas. The nuclear point that Jordi Pujol set in marble and confirmed in Pasqual Maragall’s DNA. The only supposed differential fact that a nationalist can grasp is that of language, hence the recurring ‘Catalan Countries’ as a political concept. Thus, public accounts are not spared for this concept.
The General Directorate of Language Policy has a budget of 31.3 million euros whose main destination, on paper, is the promotion of the Catalan language. However, in their programs, while promoting the use of Catalan, differentiating political concepts are introduced with the rest of the Spanish. Among the bodies that depend on this General Directorate is the Office of Linguistic Guarantees, which allows, among other things, anonymous reporting.
One of the most belligerent private entities against bilingualism and against the officiality of Spanish –To the point of having access to school yards to spy on children and find out in which language they express themselves freely or promote boycott campaigns against companies of all kinds, from digital platforms to supermarkets, as ABC has been reporting– es Plataforma per la Llengua, defined as the ‘Catalan NGO’.
This association receives 535,000 euros from the Generalitat. With this money, the regional administration could have built seven indoor and multi-purpose pools of 25 meters. The entity receives, according to its public accounts, 922,999 euros in grants.
Education and the media. Those were the first two demands from Pujol to the Government of Spain so that they were transferred to the Generalitat in the eighties. Control of the present and the future.
In 2021, TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio cost 253.3 million euros and have a workforce of 2,300 employees. The Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC) represents a disbursement of 5.6 million euros. The Generalitat also spends 33.2 million euros on institutional advertising.
According to the Citizen Impulse report, With the money from TV3, more than 6,000 Primary Care doctors could be hired. The four million allocated to the Generalitat news agency (ACN) is almost double what is invested in research at the Hospital de San Pablo (Barcelona): 2.4 million euros.
In this bill there is also room for duplicate or directly political entities. The Office for Civil and Political Rights, 500,000 euros, that is, 77 knee replacement operations with less hospitalization. The Diplocat and the ’embassies’, almost ten million or more than 400 places for dependents in residences a year less. The Síndic de Greuges, 6.8 million or the complete treatment for 82 lung cancer patients who stop being done.
And the almost 550 million euros added by the Center for Telecommunications and Information Technologies (Ctti), the Technological Center for Telecommunications (CTTC) and the Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia, and that They deprive the Catalans of 3,234 public housing for social rent and 100% of the copayment for 3,000 places in day centers for the elderly.
The report indicates that the legality or otherwise of the expenditure of the broken down programs is not studied, which in some cases “they are being studied at the corresponding headquarters”, Well, there are still judicial derivatives of the ‘procés’.
But it does warn that what culminated in 2017 may happen again. The ‘procés’ was «a challenge that can be repeated at any time, because the nationalists continue to have the same means and resources as four years ago ”, it is noted.