King Felipe VI, Pedro Sánchez and Pere Aragonès dine together at the inauguration of the Mobile

King Felipe VI has redoubled his agenda in Catalonia in recent days, after a long absence caused by the pandemic and by the protests generated by his presence in the pro-independence world. However, two weeks ago the monarch already attended the Cercle d’Economia meeting in Barcelona, ​​where he slightly coincided with the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès. This Sunday the king returns for the Mobile World Congress, at a dinner where he will share a table with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, with Aragonès, in an unprecedented gesture for a president in recent years, as well as with the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.

The Government promised that the pardons would open a stage of “concord” and “reunion” and the photograph of this promise has been placed by the telephony congress, which returns to Barcelona after an edition canceled due to the pandemic. In his turn, Pedro Sánchez highlighted the presence of the four political representatives, which “symbolizes a union for the greater good of all” and an institutional normalization that he has described as a “fertile path” for economic recovery. Institutional unity is “key” in the new stage, said Sánchez, taking advantage of the unpublished image.

In a day of strong political charge, all gestures have been measured. Aragonès has avoided going to the king’s hand kisser, in which Colau has participated, but later they have greeted each other before sitting at the same table, which the four leaders have shared with the general director of GSMA, Mats Granryd. Later, in his turn to speak, the head of the Government has focused his intervention on the economic situation and on the possibilities of Catalonia regarding digitization, and has avoided referring directly to the monarch whom he has encompassed with the formula “State authorities “.

As he did on his previous visit to Catalonia, Felipe VI has avoided launching any message that could be interpreted in a political key. In front of the telephone entrepreneurs and exhibitors, the head of state praised Spain as a good place for the economic recovery process. “It is time to invest in our digital future,” said the king, who has indicated that digitization is one of the “central pillars” of the Next Generation European funds that will grease Spanish technology companies.

The king’s agenda in Catalonia does not end this Sunday. On Monday he will participate again in the inauguration of the congress exhibition and on Thursday the entire Royal Family will attend the act of the Princess of Girona Foundation, in which Princess Leonor will present the entity’s prizes. In parallel, the President of the Government and the President of the Generalitat will meet on Tuesday at Moncloa, in an appointment that marks the return of the dialogue between both institutions. “See you on Tuesday,” Aragonès reminded Sánchez in a relaxed tone.

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