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The Catalan Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell (by ACN)

04 February 2012 01:35 PM

Catalonia misses 2011 public deficit target but Government confident will meet this year’s objective of 1.3%

The Catalan Government has announced the deficit for last year was 3.29%, short of the 2.66% target set by Barcelona. The Catalan Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell, has praised citizens for having tightened their purse strings, and says...
Spanair planes parked at Barcelona El Prat Airport (by O. Campuzano)

02 February 2012 09:44 PM

The European Parliament unanimously votes against Madrid-Barajas’ privileges to exclusively run intercontinental flights

The Spanish Government has signed 23 bilateral agreements with other countries that fix Madrid Barajas as the only airport in Spain where their flights can operate. This discriminates against Barcelona El Prat Airport by not permitting it to have...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas (left), with Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy (right) (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

02 February 2012 01:32 PM

Mas meets with Rajoy to build a relationship “based on trust” and offers cooperation

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, has offered Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy; cooperation regards Spain’s structural reforms, such as the Labour Market reform. Mas has not put prior conditions on the table, but only...
Representatatives from a wide spectrum of the Catalan civil society chaired the meeting (by J. R. Torné)

01 February 2012 08:54 PM

Catalan civil society asks for a new fiscal agreement with Spain

Catalonia gives away between 8% and 9% of its GDP every year. The main actors in Catalan civil society got together to formally push for a new fiscal agreement with Spain, through which Catalonia would continue transferring money to poorer Spanish...
The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, on Tuesday's press conference (by P. Mateos)

31 January 2012 11:09 PM

The Catalan Government declares the tender to sell 26 buildings for €450 millions null and void

The lack of satisfactory offers has forced the Catalan Government to postpone its plan of selling several buildings off for cheap and losing money. Selling real estate assets is one of the ways the Catalan Government hopes to increase revenue and...
An office of the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) (by O. Campuzano)

27 January 2012 05:22 PM

The unemployment rate in Catalonia reaches 20.5% at the end of 2011

At the end of last year there were 775,400 people registered as unemployed in Catalonia. The Catalan labour market lost 126,700 jobs over the year, which represents a 4% drop in the percentage of people in employment. In Spain as a whole, the...
The Catalan Finance Minister (left) and the Spanish Finance Minister (right) (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

17 January 2012 11:48 PM

The Autonomies and the Spanish Government agree on a set of measures to guarantee the deficit commitment and liquidity

The Spanish Government stressed that no Autonomous Government will be left disappointed if they have a “responsible” attitude and have an austerity plan in place. However, those failing these measures could be intervened the same way “the...
A caption of the Financial Times' website with Artur Mas' interview made by Victor Mallet (by Financial Times / ACN)

17 January 2012 09:35 PM

Mas warns in the FT about a "growing divorce" with Spain if Catalonia is not respected and its needs not attended

The Financial Times has published an interview with the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas. The Financial Times stressed Mas’ request for a new deal between Spain and Catalonia, which would reduce Catalonia’s contributions to the...
The PP leader in Catalonia, Alícia Sánchez-Camacho, at this Monday's press conference (by M. Bélmez)

17 January 2012 12:00 AM

Barriers are lifted for an agreement with the People’s Party to approve the Catalan Government’s budget

The People’s Party (PP) has taken back its parliamentary motions against the Catalan Government’s Budget proposal. The Government is run by the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition ‘Convergència i Unió’ (CiU). The PP’s leader in...
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