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Statement of the Catalan academic institutions regarding the current situation in Catalonia

The Catalan universities and research centers have rejected the intervention of the public accounts by the Spanish Ministry of Finance and have denounced that this measure violates the principle of university autonomy.

Sep 29, 2017

On 21 September 2017, we released an official statement, which we also published in our website:

"Comunicat de les universitats i dels centres de recerca de Catalunya per valorar la situació creada a Catalunya de resultes de les actuacions de l’Estat espanyol en els darrers dies"


The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona (RACAB), of which Prof. Xavier Obradors (ICMAB Director) and Prof. Carles Miravitlles (previous ICMAB Director) are members, have published the following statement in their website: 

The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, in view of the situation we live in, and from the plurality of its members, express its defence of democracy, coexistence and dialogue. In this sense, it expresses its support for the Catalan institutions and vindicates the freedom and peace that have always characterized our society, and demands its national singularity, its language and its culture to be valued. (RACAB)


On the other hand, the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC), has also publised a statement to defend the elected officers, politicians and citizens in general, defend the Catalan institutions, and condemn the antidemocratic procedures and the state of exception in Catalonia. 

"Statement in defense of the Catalan institutions, public officers and citizens" (IEC, 21 September 2017)


In addition, two of the most influential international scientific journals have publised articles on the topic. In Nature

"Scientists see opportunity and risks in Catalan independence" (Nature 549, 432, )


And in Science

"Researchers caught in growing rift over Catalan independence" (Science,


Many other Catalan institutions and associations have released similar statements on the current situation. 

More information: La Vanguardia, El Punt Avui, Diari Ara

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