Public order model

The webinar that we are now presenting is a contribution of the Catalan Ombudsman to the debate on the need to revise or update the public order model, starting from bases such as freedom and safety.

For years, the Catalan Ombudsman has organized two international symposiums (2016 and 2017), related to the binomial between safety and freedom, which allow to put into context the necessary coexistence between the defence of public rights and freedoms and the aspiration for a safe society.

Likewise, the Catalan Ombudsman has published several reports on the current police safety system and the actions of the Mossos d'Esquadra Corps (Catalan police force), both in relation to the attacks of August 2017 and October 1st of the same year:

In 2013, within the framework of the Committee for the Study of safety and public order models and the use of anti-riot material in mass events, Resolution 476-X of the Parliament of Catalonia was approved, which defines the guidelines for the public order model in Catalonia.

At another level is the public order model. The Catalan Ombudsman, who has already appeared before Parliament in the framework of the 2013 Study Commission, wishes to contribute elements of reflection on the instruments and responsibilities, in a comparative perspective, to enable the Catalan police force to continue to ensure public order in Catalonia with the highest degree of public acceptance. A reflection detached from any decision taken and that should be done with thoroughly and seeking the maximum possible social and political consensus. This seminar aims to contribute to the achievement of these objectives.


Monday, March 15, 2021

16.00 h Welcome

  • Miquel Sàmper, Catalan Minister for Home Affairs
  • Rafael Ribó, Catalan Ombudsman

16.15 h Models of public order in different European countries

  • Northern Ireland: Marie Anderson, Police Ombudsman
  • France: Sebastian Roché, CNRS Senior researcher, Sciences Po, University of Grenoble-Alpes
  • United Kingdom: Hugh Orde, former head of the police in United Kingdom
  • Eurocop: Àngels Bosch, president of Eurocop
  • Catalonia: Josep Lluís Trapero, Catalan police chief

17.15 h Discussion about public order in the Parliament of Catalonia

Moderator: Jaume Bosch

Representatives of the groups of the XII parliamentary term

  • Ciutadans: Matias Alonso
  • Junts: Lluís Guinó
  • ERC: Núria Picas
  • PSC - Units per avançar: Ramon Espadaler
  • Comuns: Marc Parés
  • CUP: Dolors Sabater

18.00 h Closing

  • Rafael Ribó, Catalan Ombudsman

On line by streaming at the Catalan Ombudsman Youtube channel as of Monday March 15, 2021 at 4.00 pm. 

Programme in pdf

Presentation by Sebastian Roché - Social crisis and public order: les Gilets Jaunes (in French)