The Executive Council of Catalonia (Catalan: Consell Executiu) or the Government of Catalonia (Catalan: Govern de Catalunya) is the executive branch of the Generalitat of Catalonia. It is responsible for the political action, reglementation and administration of the government of the autonomous region.[1]

The President of the Generalitat is the head of government: he or she may also appoint a First Minister (Catalan: Conseller(a) primer(a)) to serve as their deputy, although since 2006 the office has been replaced by that of the Vice-President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, who must be approved by the Parliament of Catalonia. The various ministers (Catalan: consellers) are also appointed by the President of the Generalitat. Ministers need not be deputies in the parliament, as they have an automatic right to intervene in parliamentary debates.

Serving members of the government may not be arrested for any acts committed in Catalonia, except in flagrante delicto, and may only be judged before the High Court of Justice of Catalonia, or the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Spain outside of Catalonia.[2]

The Parliament of Catalonia unilaterally issued a declaration of independence from Spain on 27 October 2017 in favour of a Catalan Republic. In response Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Parliament of Catalonia and called a snap regional election for 21 December 2017.[3]

Most recent government (2016 - 2017)

This is the current composition of the Government of Catalonia since 11 January 2016, and following the inauguration of the eleventh legislature of the Parliament of Catalonia.[4] On 27 October 2017, the government of Catalonia was sacked and the parliament dissolved.[5]

President of the Generalitat Position Suspended N/A
Vice President of the Generalitat Position Suspended N/A
Ministry Minister Party
Minister of Governance, Public Administrations and Housing Meritxell Borràs Together for Yes
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency Raül Romeva Together for Yes
Minister of Presidency Jordi Turull Together for Yes
Minister of Business and Knowledge - -
Minister of Education Meritxell Ruiz Together for Yes
Minister of Health Antoni Comín Together for Yes
Minister of Home Affairs[6] Joaquim Forn Together for Yes
Minister of Planning and Sustainability Josep Rull Together for Yes
Minister of Culture Lluís Puig Gordi Together for Yes
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Meritxell Serret Together for Yes
Minister of Social Welfare and Family Dolors Bassa Together for Yes
Minister of Justice Carles Mundó Together for Yes
Secretary of the Government Joan Vidal Together for Yes
Government Spokesperson Neus Munté Together for Yes

Previous governments

Former ministries

There have also been two ministers without portfolio in Catalan governments:


  1. ^ Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia (2006), Art. 68.
  2. ^ Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia (2006), Art. 70.
  3. ^ Ponce de León, Rodrigo (27 October 2017). "Rajoy cesa a Puigdemont y su Govern y convoca elecciones para el 21 de diciembre". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "El Consell Executiu". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Spanish PM dissolves Catalan parliament". BBC News. 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  6. ^ Department d'Interior in Catalan; Home Affairs is the "official" translation according to the Generalitat. Public Safety perhaps better capture the "idea" of the department, but Interior Department is frequently used in the English-language media for similarly named agencies in other governments despite the fact that, for example, the U.S. Department of the Interior has a much different portfolio.

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