Round Table Discussion about Catalonia and its process towards self-determination
In recent years, several EU Member States have faced claims from one of their constituent territories to be granted the right of self-determination – most prominently Scotland and Catalonia. In each case, what is at the forefront of the political debate is not only the right to decide of the citizens and the constitutional possibilities that exist in each Member State for independence to come into effect, but also the putative new state’s status vis-à-vis EU membership.
The lunch conference “Self-Determination within the European Union: The Case of Catalonia” will analyse both issues by concentrating, albeit not exclusively, on the case of Catalonia.
Lisa Pelling, Chief analyst, think tank Arena Idé
11:40 Key-note speech: Towards an Independent Catalonia within the EU?
Albert Royo, Secretary General, Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat)
Chaired by Lisa Pelling, Arena Idé
Niklas Bremberg, Research Fellow at the Europe Programme, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).
Josep Costa, Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).
Date: Thursday 31 of August
Time: 11:30-13:00 including light lunch
Place: Arena Idé’s premises at Barnhusgatan 4, Stockholm
Organised by Arena Idé in collaboration with the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat)
Free entrance. Registered participants will receive a light lunch.
The seminar will be live streamed.