The Open Society Foundation has been exposed as the net beneficiary of €3.3 million worth of financial assistance from the EU, an answer to a parliamentary question by VOX MEP Jorge Buxadé Villalba has revealed.
The question, answered by the Commission, was initially raised on the back of Spanish media reports, which identified the philanthropist and his Open Society Foundation as providing support to organise a fresh independence referendum in Catalonia.
Soros was specifically identified in a Spanish police report as contributing to the illegal operations of Catalan separatists in October 2022, with allegations that his Open Society Foundation has been partnering with Barcelona-based technology firm Vocdoni to facilitate another referendum.
Spanish police were first made aware of the link after documents, listing Soros and his foundation as key players in support of digital technologies for a new Catalan referendum, were found on the phone of a separatist suspect.
It was alleged by Buxadé that Vocdoni (supplier of governing infrastructure, including a digital voting system) exists as a separatist front to design pro-independence digital platforms.
The goal of the Vocdoni Project, run by [Catalan nationalists], is to attempt another coup d’état in Spain, following the failed coup of October 2017, using a digital platform to vote via a secure application (‘Vocdoni’) set up for that purpose.
Speaking to The European Conservative, a spokesman for the Vocdoni Project denied any financial links to the Open Society Foundation contrary to media reports and that the company was not designing any election-related technology.
Buxadé went onto social media to highlight the hypocrisy of EU officials who denounce supposed Russian interference in European elections but stay silent when the same is done by Soros. VOX has previously called for the EU to investigate Soros for their potential backing of Catalan separatists.
Buxadé raised the potential of covert Russian support for separatists with a 2021 New York Times report, documenting similar links.
Soros has come under renewed criticism in Spain, with former UN trade envoy Dr. Juan Antonio de Castro documenting the role of the Open Society Foundation in backing Catalan separatism. In his book Soros, Breaking Spain, de Castro argues that potentially a third of Spanish MEPs are influenced by the Soros nexus directly using a system of human rights NGOs.
The Open Society did not respond to inquiries put to them by The European Conservative but has previously denied links to Catalan separatism.