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Initiative for Catalonia

Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds
President Joan Saura i Laporta
Secretary-General Joan Herrera i Torres
Founded February 23, 1987
Headquarters C/Ciutat, 7
08002 Barcelona
Ideology Green politics,
Catalan independentism
Political position Left-wing to Far left
International affiliation Global Greens
European affiliation European Green Party
European Parliament group European Greens–European Free Alliance
Colours Green, Red
Local Government Template:Infobox political party/seats
Parliament of Catalonia Template:Infobox political party/seats
Congress of Deputies Template:Infobox political party/seats
Spanish Senate Template:Infobox political party/seats
European Parliament Template:Infobox political party/seats
Politics of Catalonia
Political parties

Initiative for Catalonia Greens (Catalan: Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds, ICV; IPA: [inisiəˈtiβə pər kətəˈɫuɲə ˈβɛrts]) is a political party in 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 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 Socialists' 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.


Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds 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 Union and against capitalism, as practised by Margaret Thatcher and 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, Corsica or Catalonia herself).[1]


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

Electoral results

Federal Parliament

Congress of Deputies

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

Catalan Parliament

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

European Parliament

Election year # of overall votes  % of overall vote # of overall seats won +/- Notes
2009 Template:Infobox political party/seats

See also

Sustainable development portal
Environment portal
Ecology portal

External links

  • Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds web site (in Catalan)


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