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Catalonia’s Public Diplomacy Council (Diplocat) has announced its “reactivation” after the Spanish government tried to shut it down by appying Article 155 after the Catalan declaration of independence. Laura Foraster, secretary general of Diplocat, says that in this new phase the entitiy will continue being “plural, far-reaching, and at the service of internationalisation.”

In a public statement, Diplocat announced a campaign to internationalise Catalonia’s day of Books and Roses on April 23, which includes inviting a group of foreign journalists from Germany, Italy, Greece, Slovenie, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Latvia to Barcelona, collecting information in a web and promoting the hashtag #BooksAndRoses in social nets.

On May 3, Diplocat will hold an international seminar on the role of public diplomacy in the digital area.

Spanish government to pay attention

Spain’s Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, warned that she and her executive will be paying attention to Diplocat’s activities, suggesting that “some activities” of the group could go beyond “that which is legally allowed and foreseen.”

“In these cases, we’re at the line of possible misuse of public funds,” said Delgado speaking to the press after theCouncil of Ministers in Madrid.