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Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds

Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds
PresidentDolors Camats and Joan Herrera (national coordinators)
Founded23 February 1987
HeadquartersC/ Ciutat, 7
08002 Barcelona
Youth wingJoves d'Esquerra Verda
Socialism of the 21st century
Green politics[1]
Catalan nationalism
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationEn Comú Podem
Catalunya en Comú
European affiliationEuropean Green Party
International affiliationGlobal Greens
European Parliament groupEuropean Greens–European Free Alliance
ColoursGreen, Red
Congress of Deputies
2 / 47
Inside En Comú Podem
Spanish Senate
2 / 24
Inside En Comú Podem
European Parliament
1 / 54
Inside Plural Left
Parliament of Catalonia
4 / 135
Inside Catalonia Yes We Can
Local seats
358 / 9,077
Part of a series on
Green politics
Sunflower symbol

Initiative for Catalonia Greens (Catalan: Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds, ICV; IPA: [inisi.əˈtiβə pəɾ kətəˈluɲə ˈβɛɾts]) is an eco-socialist[1] political party in Catalonia. It was formed as a merger of Iniciativa per Catalunya and Els Verds. IC had been an alliance led by Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya and 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 Parliament in 2004 ICV ran on the Izquierda Unida list. One MEP, Raül Romeva, was elected from ICV which joined the Green Group.

The ICV formed part of the past ruling tripartite coalition (along with the Socialist Party of Catalonia and the Republican Left of Catalonia, a left-wing Catalan Nationalist Party) in the Generalitat of Catalonia. The coalition governed Catalonia from 2004-2010. ICV was given responsibility for the Ministry of the Environment in the share-out of power in the new government.

Initiative for Catalonia Greens has an agreement of mutual association with Equo.[2]


Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds calls itself an "ecosocialist" party and its members are therefore "ecosocialists". This ideology is summarized in the book The Ecosocialist Manifesto, 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 Union and against capitalism, as practised by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, but also against social democracy, which it considers as only a lesser evil that does not respond to the environmental and social challenges ahead. Members of the party view the regime of Fidel Castro positively, stating that under it the dignity of the Cuban people has benefited, justifying any lack of democratic freedom that they have suffered.[3] From an ecosocialist point of view, both communism and capitalism are two faces of the productivist "mode of production" (a Marxist term), which should be phased out if the ecological health of the planet is to survive. The manifesto also considers this ideology to be deeply feminist and in favour of the "freedom of the European peoples" (i.e. for self-determination for the Basque Country, Corsica or Catalonia itself).[4] The party voted in favour of the Catalan parliament's declaration defining Catalonia as a "sovereign political and juridical entity" ("subjecte polític i jurídic sobirà") in 2013.[5]


  1. Rafael Ribó i Massó (1987–2000)
  2. Joan Saura (2000–present)

Electoral results[edit]

Spanish Parliament[edit]

Congress of Deputies[edit]

Election year # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats won +/- Notes
2000 119,290 0.5
1 / 350
2004 234,790 0.9
2 / 350
Increase 1
2008 183,338 0.7
1 / 350
Decrease 1
2011 280,152 1.2
3 / 350
Increase 2

Catalan Parliament[edit]

Election year # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats won +/- Notes
1988 209,211 7.7 (#3)
9 / 135
1992 171,794 6.5 (#4)
7 / 135
Decrease 2
1995 313,092 9.7 (#5)
11 / 135
Increase 4
1999 78,441 2.5 (#5)
3 / 135
Decrease 8
2003 241,163 7.2 (#5)
9 / 135
Increase 6
2006 282,693 9.5 (#5)
12 / 135
Increase 3
2010 229,985 7.4 (#4)
10 / 135
Decrease 2
2012 358,857 9.9 (#5)
13 / 135
Increase 3

European Parliament[edit]

Election year # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats won +/- Notes
2009 119,755 6.1 (#5)
1 / 50
Part of a joint list with United Left
2014 258,554 10.3 (#4)
1 / 54
Part of a joint list with United Left

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Catalonia/Spain". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ "EQUO - ICV Agreement of Association and Protocol of Relations" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012..
  3. ^ "L’ÚLTIM REVOLUCIONARI", Joan Boada (IC-V-EUA), 26 de novembre 2016.
  4. ^ C. Antunes, P. Juquin, P. Kemp, I. Stengers, W. Telkamper & F. Otto Wolf. (1993), Manifiesto ecosocialista. Los Libros De La Catarata. (Spanish edition ISBN 84-87567-34-7)
  5. ^ "El Parlament de Catalunya aprova la declaració de sobirania de CiU i ERC". La Vanguardia en català. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014.

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