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The Council

On October 1st, we exercised our right to self-determination as we had never done before. We voted and we gave ourselves a mandate: to become an independent State in the form of a Republic.

The Council’s source of legitimacy is the mandate of 1-O. The Council will keep this mandate alive,  will defend it and give it continuity. The mission of the Council is to make the 1-O mandate effective; that is to say,  the Republic proclaimed on October 27th 2017, a reality. The Catalan Government asked for mediation and dialogue several times after the State violence at the referendum. The answer to those dialogue proposals was the application of article 155  imposing direct rule on Catalonia. Consequently, on October 27 the Catalan Republic was politically declared.


  1. Keep the mandate of October 1st alive: exercise the right to self-determination to become an independent State in the form of a Republic.
  2. Internationalize the process.
  3. Develop State infrastructures that make the Republic a better society: more democratic, innovative and fair for all.
  4. Strategic legal actions to defend the rights of the Catalan people.
  5. Institutional structure.

Structure as an Institution

Members of the Governing Council

Currently, the Governing Council is made up of:
  • Carles Puigdemont Casamajó

    President of the Council for the Catalan Republic. 130th President of the Generalitat de Catalunya in exile.
  • Antoni Comín Oliveres

    Vice-president of the Council for the Catalan Republic. Member of the Parliament of Catalonia for Esquerra Republicana. Minister of Health of the Generalitat during the eleventh legislature.
  • Clara Ponsatí Obiols

    Professor of Economics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Minister of Education of the Generalitat during the eleventh legislature.
  • Lluís Puig Gordi

    Director of the Program for the Development of Cultural Projects of the International Area of the Department of Culture. Minister of Culture of the Generalitat during the XI Legislature.
  • Meritxell Budó Pla

    Pharmacist, has been mayor of La Garriga and is currently a Minister of the Presidency and Government spokesman.
  • Antoni Castellà Clavé

    Political Spokesman of Democrats of Catalonia and Member of Parliament.
  • Elisenda Paluzie Hernández

    Full Professor of Economics, University of Barcelona and President of the Catalan National Assembly.
  • Guillem Fuster Usas

    Technician in linguistic projects of the Platform for the Language. Coordinator of the political organization Poble Lliure.
  • Rut Ribas Martí

    Deputy of the Parliament of Catalonia for Esquerra Republicana.
  • Issac Peraire Soler

    Sociologist Currently Mayor of Prats de Lluçanès and Deputy Secretary General of Internal Coordination, Territory and Organization of the Republican Left.
  • Neus Torbisco-Casals

    PhD in Law from UPF, currently Senior Research Fellow at the Albert Hirschman Center for Democracy at the Graduate Institute (Geneva) and Professor in the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.


  1. Right of self-determination.
  2. Peace, non-violence.
  3. Respect, will and dialogue.
  4. Individual and collective linguistic rights.
  5. Citizen empowerment at all levels.
  6. Cooperation and collaboration.
  7. Non-discrimination, equal opportunities, human dignity and defense of an inclusive society.
  8. Economic and environmental sustainability and social justice.
  9. Freedom to exercise civil, political and social rights.
  10. Resilience, self-commitment, aspiration, excellence and rigor.