President of the Generalitat of Catalonia

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President of the Generalitat of Catalonia
President de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Seal of the Generalitat of Catalonia.svg
Emblem of the Generalitat
Artur Mas

since 23 December 2010
Style El Molt Honorable Senyor (The Right Honourable)
Residence Casa dels Canonges
Nominator Catalan Parliament
Appointer Juan Carlos I of Spain
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder Berenguer de Cruïlles
Formation 1359

The President of the Generalitat of Catalonia (Catalan: President de la Generalitat de Catalunya, IPA: [pɾəziˈðen də ɫə ʒənəɾəɫiˈtad də kətəˈɫuɲə]) is one of the bodies that the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia stipulates as part of the Generalitat de Catalunya, others being the Parliament, the government, the Consell de Garanties Estatutàries or the Síndic de Greuges. The president also serves as head of government of Catalonia, leading the executive branch of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Catalan government. It's incumbent as of 2014 is Artur Mas i Gavarró.[1]

The President Nowadays[edit]

The President is elected by the Parliament of Catalonia and appointed by the King of Spain. The office has two main functions: the representative ones and the governative ones.

Representative functions[edit]

The President holds the highest representation of the Generalitat and the ordinary of Spain in Catalonia. He or she is also in charge of the diplomatic relations with the other bodies of the state and with the various Autonomous communities of Spain Catalonia shares interests with. The President is also responsible for calling for elections (Which has to be done at least every four years) and appointing the Consellers and the high offices specified by law. As ordinary representant of the state in Catalonia, he or she promulgates the laws in the region in name of the king.

Governative functions[edit]

The President is member of the Catalan government and leads and coordinates it. He selects and may dismiss the Consellers, calls for a meeting of the executive and acts as its chairman. Besides, he signs the decrees accorded by the execuitive and orders them to be published. He can also call for an extraordinary meeting of the Catalan parliament wich, given the case, can be ordered to be dissolved or be requested to held a general debate.

Moreover, the president has to coordinate the legislative agenda of its government, the elaboration of general normatives and give all the information that parliament may decide to request.

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ Article 2.2 de l'Estatut d'Autonomia de Catalunya del 2006

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