- Initiative for Catalonia Greens
party_name = Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds
colorcode = green
Joan Saura i Laporta
Jordi Guillot i Miravet
February 23, 1987
Green politics, Eco-socialism, Catalan nationalism
headquarters = C/Ciutat, 7
european parliament group =
national = United Left
website = [http://www.iniciativa.cat/ www.iniciativa.cat]
Initiative for Catalonia Greens ("Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds", ICV) is a
political partyin Catalonia, Spain. It was formed as a merger of Iniciativa per Catalunya and Els Verds. IC had been an alliance led by Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunyaand was the equivalent of Izquierda Unida in Catalonia. IC later developed into a political party, and PSUC was dissolved.
The youth of ICV is called "Joves d'Esquerra Verda" (Green Left Youth). It used to be called JambI, "Joves amb Iniciativa" (Youth with Initiative).
In the elections to the
European Parliamentin 2004ICV ran on the Izquierda Unida list. One MEP, Raül Romeva, was elected from ICV which joined the Green Group.
The ICV forms part of the
tripartitecoalition (along with the Catalan Socialist Party - PSC and the ERC, a left-wing Catalan Nationalist Party). The coalition has governed Catalonia since the 2004 General Election. ICV was given responsibility for the Ministry of the Environment in the share-out of power in the new government.
Iniciativa per Catalunya calls itself an "ecosocialist" party and their members are therefore, the "ecosocialists". This ideology is summarized in the book "The ecosocialist manifesto" (Spanish edition ISBN 84-87567-34-7), co-written by a number of left-wing green politicians. This ideology looks to renew the left and is firmly against communism as practised in the former
Soviet Unionand against capitalism, as practised by Margaret Thatcherand Ronald Reagan, but also against social democracy, which is only a lesser evil, but does not respond to the environmental and social challenges ahead. From the ecosocialist point of view, both communism and capitalism are two faces of the productivism "mode of production" (a marxist term), which should be phased out if our planet is to survive. According to this book, this ideology is also deeply feminist and pro "freedom of the European peoples" (i.e. pro self-determination for the Basque Country and Corsica).
Rafael Ribó i Massó( 1987- 2000)
Joan Saura i Laporta( 2000-...)
List of environmental organizations
List of political parties in Catalonia
* [http://www.ic-v.org/ Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds web site (in Catalan)]
* [http://dades.iniciativa.info/icv/FMPro?-db=noticies.fp5&-format=iniciativa/resultats.htm&-view/ table of the electoral results of the ICV (in Catalan)]
* [http://www.raulromeva.org/ Raül Romeva]
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