Barcelona (EFE).- Felipe VI, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonés, will participate this Sunday in Barcelona in the welcome dinner for the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will open tomorrow and in which the three will meet again.
The meeting that precedes the largest telephone fair in the world will once again be held at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (7:30 pm), in the Montjuïc area, with the assistance of the Mayor of Barcelona and other authorities.
As happened in the last two editions, Aragonés and Colau plan to be absent from the formal greeting to the king as a gesture of rejection of the monarchy, just as they will do at the opening of the Mobile at the Fira de Barcelona in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
However, they are expected to greet each other at the pre-dinner cocktail, in which Don Felipe and Sánchez will share a table with the President of the Government and the mayoress, as well as the top managers of the GSMA, the employers’ association of the mobile industry and organizer of the MWC.
On the occasion of the presence of Felipe VI and Sánchez in Barcelona, the pro-independence entity Catalan National Assembly has called a concentration prior to dinner in the Plaza de Espanya, near the slope of Montjuïc, under the motto “Neither king, no crown. Independence”.
“The king and the Spanish president are not welcome,” reads the separatist call.
Since he acceded to the throne, Felipe VI has attended the mobile congress every year, except in 2020, when it was suspended due to the pandemic, and he also did so on several occasions as prince.
The employers’ association that represents the large mobile phone operators trusts that this year’s edition will return to full normality by occupying the eight halls of the fairgrounds.
The estimate is that some 80,000 people will attend the Mobile World Congress and generate an economic impact of more than 350 million euros in the Catalan capital, where the GSMA has promised to continue organizing Mobile at least until 2030.