The presidents of Catalonia and the Valencian Community, Pere Aragonés (ERC) and Ximo Puig (PSPV-PSOE), announced this Wednesday progress in the reciprocity of their public televisions. For years, the PP stopped TV3 from broadcasting on the Valencian multiplex, a scenario that the left-wing government has not reversed since 2015. There will still be no changes in this regard, but there will be changes on the digital platforms of both TVs. “We have the app from À Punt y la app of TV3 to solve this question “, revealed Aragonese.

It was the Catalan president who explained the agreement reached. Puig, aware of the suspicion that TV3 generates in much of Valencian society due to its ideological bias, was much more cautious in his words. “We have been evaluating transferring the proposal to have access. But the emission is limited by the radioelectric spectrum. We will work in this sense, because it is a decision of the State. But we have the app from À Punt y la app of TV3 to solve this question, “said the pro-independence leader.

It was not a trivial matter in the meeting between the two leaders. “The meeting was necessary to deal with things like this. For this reason, it was important to normalize institutional relations at the highest level between both territories, “said Aragonès, who concisely explained his purpose: that À Punt is seen on the TV3 app” as just another channel. “

Ximo Puig, asked about it by EL ESPAÑOL, first diluted his responsibility. “There is an agreement reached in Les Corts that is committed to reciprocity, “he stressed, making his Government partners participate in the decision, Commitment and United We Can-EUPV. “We think that this connectivity has to be produced, that presence in the applications,” he said.

“Languages ​​like ours”

Puig, however, placed more emphasis on the alliance of the public corporations of both autonomies to “increase the capacity to produce, to generate shared audiovisual projects.” “Languages ​​that have a level like ours must have that projection”, he claimed.

Ximo Puig seemed to measure his words at all times, aware that the association of his figure with Catalanism is one of his great electoral risks In the Valencian community. The desire for political integration between the two territories is only preserved by certain representatives of Compromís, a coalition that does not even include these precepts in its electoral programs.

To Ximo Puig’s relief, it was Aragonès himself who drew an ideological border between the two. “I am pro-independence. President Puig is not. They are political differences of horizons, but it is important to maintain institutional relations”, he claimed. “We respect the political composition of the Valencian Courts,” he added on several occasions, and distanced himself from any interference in the political future of the Valencian Community.

In the afternoon, however, he resumed his independence roadmap in the Valencian Community three days after the Catalonia Day. Did it with a visit in Swedish to the Joan Fuster museum, the great Valencian reference point for independence. In this meeting, which took place behind closed doors, the Valencian president Ximo Puig did not participate.

Pere Aragonès, on his visit to the Joan Fuster Museum.  EE

Pere Aragonès, on his visit to the Joan Fuster Museum. EE

In addition to the agreement for the reciprocal broadcast of their televisions, Pere Aragonès and Ximo Puig agreed in their meeting to establish a “shared interest broker” which will allow forging alliances to develop common strategies for attracting European funds focused on overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic and economic and social recovery.

This was made clear in the appearance after the meeting held at the Palau de la Generalitat, an appointment in which the leaders of the Valencian and Catalan governments adopted the decision to create a stable working group to generate synergies that allow taking advantage of the potential of EU funds.

As Puig indicated, both communities will claim before the central government “more ability to single out the use of these European funds in the respective communities to adapt them to the needs of the productive fabric “.

Business consortia

They will also establish “collaboration mechanisms for the creation of business consortiums with an eye on the calls for strategic projects for economic recovery and transformation in areas such as the automotive, agri-food, health or aerospace space”, as indicated.

In addition, they announced “alliances in projects such as those related to green hydrogen being developed by the Castellón and Tarragona clusters, and lines of work related to the blue economy and the protection of wetlands such as l’Albufera or the Delta de l’Ebre”, as specified in a statement after the meeting.

In turn, they also discussed at the meeting “other issues of interest to the two territories”, such as the under-financing of the Valencian Community, that Ximo Puig considers that it should be solved “without fronting” and through an urgent “structural reform” of the financing model that guarantees equality between citizens and the uniqueness between territories.

Aragonès supported the Valencian Community in its demand for an improvement in financing, although he distanced himself from his proposal by stating that Catalonia is currently focused on the bilateral table to find a way out of what he calls a “political conflict” with the state.

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