JOSEP CASULLERAS NUALART
A resident of Sabadell reported that they threw him out of the Spanish consulate in Brussels. He asked to process a document and they refused because it was in Catalan and not in Spanish. The permanent representative of the Catalan government in the EU, Amadeu Altafaj, talked to the man following the publication of the case in VilaWeb. Now it will be reviewed by the government’s legal services. In this interview, Altafaj supports the role of the delegation of the Government of Catalonia also in cases such as this.
‘I am almost convinced there has been abuse. The consulate is a processing entity and they had not even read the declaration. The only job they have to do is to check the identity of the sender and to receive, record and send the document,’ says Altafaj about the case. ‘I have informed the government secretary for foreign affairs, and the government will now consider the action to be taken.’
Altafaj defends the function of the Catalan Government delegation in its daily work, beyond its role in disseminating and explaining the Catalan political case to the community authorities and European states. In this interview, we start by talking about the international impact of Catalan independentism.