One of FOCIR’s main aims is to promote points of contact in order to establish dialogue between the government, civil society and other institutions working towards Catalonia’s internationalisation.
The Catalan Government’s Foreign Action Plan (PAEGC) stipulates that the civil society in our country, which is so committed and cohesive, is one of Catalonia’s greatest strengths in a globalised world. The specific nature of the network of Catalan associations, which is both active and committed, has a long historical tradition and is made up of the values required for Catalan internationalisation. Knowing how to best take advantage of this active team and to coordinate its efforts with other institutions in the Catalan Government is essential for developing a foreign strategy which will reinforce and facilitate the work of both sides.
As a result, FOCIR organised a meeting on 29 June with the Vice-Councillor for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Roser Clavell, in order to introduce the PAECG (Catalan Government’s Foreign Action Plan) to the different member organisations of FOCIR. During the session, the Vice-Councillor highlighted the four assets that Catalonia currently enjoys on a world stage: its willingness of self-determination as an expression of its individual identity, a long-standing business tradition and an open and innovative economy, a committed and cohesive civil society and a universal yet unique culture.
In the same vein, FOCIR, which helped put together the PAEGC (Catalan Government’s Foreign Action Plan) and was present at meetings with experts, wanted to involve Catalan organisations in the “Catalan Brand” derived from the Plan. To mark this, the Federation organised a session on 21 June at the HQ of CIDOB entitled “The Catalan Brand and civil society” with the support of Patronat Catalunya Món (PCM), an organisation which drew up both the PAEGC and the definition of the “Catalan Brand”. The session was attended by Mr Josep Maria Oroval, Director for the Centre for Branding of the ESADE, who was responsible for the technical management of the project, and Mr Josep Manuel Barberà, Director of PCM. The meeting was intended to act as a further step towards including civil society in the work process by including its recommendations and experience learnt.