On 4 December Horitzó Europa organised a dinner-debate in Brussels with Muriel Casals, president of Òmnium Cultural, a paramount organisation in the promotion of Catalan language and culture. Several issues were discussed, related to the political situation in Catalonia after the regional elections on 25 November, hypotheses about the status of Catalonia in the event of its secession, comparisons with the Scottish case, the role of Catalan and pro-European civil society organisations, and the recognition of Catalan language in EU institutions.
The dinner-debate was attended by 37 guests, among which MEPs Maria Badia and Raimon Obiols, both from the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament, and the EU’s ambassador to Cape Verde, Josep Coll, who is a founding member of Horitzó Europa.
Muriel Casals is the president of Òmnium Cultural since March 2010 and a member of its Board since 2008. Before she was a board member of the Catalan Radio and Television Corporation, a member of the Catalan Council of the European Movement and board member of the Ateneu Barcelonès. She is a lecturer at the Department of Economics and Economic History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and she was Vice-Rector for International Relations and Cooperation in the same university.