O’DWYER’S PR: Spain’s ‘Breakaway’ Catalonia Region Relies on Sphere Government Relations

SGR Government Relations and Lobbying represents Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain that yesterday voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from Spain despite fierce opposition from the central government in Madrid and a brutal crackdown by Spanish police that injured more than 750 people.

The Catalan parliament, which is based in Barcelona, is expected to declare a formal separation from Spain by the end of the week.

SGR Government Relations Lobbying
Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy and the European Commission have declared the election illegal.

Catalonia is one of the richest parts of Spain. Its 7.5M people generate 20 percent of Spanish GDP and attract 25 percent of the country’s foreign investment.

SGR, which is sister company of Sphere Consulting, began work in August for the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the US under a three-month contract worth $60K. The pact can be extended at the $20K per-month rate until terminated by both parties.

The pact calls for SGR to support ongoing communications efforts between the governments and business communities of Catalonia and the US.

Jim Courtovich, founder of Sphere, and Graham Miller, partner, are among staffers repping Catalonia.