The Decree dated 17 May 1978 established the medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia in order to honour the merits achieved in increasing and diffusing Catalonia's artistic and cultural heritage.
The prestige obtained throughout the years owing to this distinction have made it advisable to redefine its scope and content to adapt it to the new institutional framework. It has also been deemed suitable to create a specific distinction that allows the Government of the Generalitat to express its recognition of those people who have provided eminent and extraordinary services in Catalonia in political, social, economic, cultural or scientific fields.
The awarding of the Generalitat's Gold Medal is honorific. Those people distinguished with the Gold Medal have the right to use the title Honourable Sir / Madam and the formal precedence determined in official records. Said right shall be maintained for life.
The bestowal of this honour shall be agreed upon by the Government and shall be formalised through a decree to be published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Cataluña. This shall be done in the meeting held by the Government immediately following 11 September of each year.