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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...
The Spanish Vice President and Government's Spokesperson Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

13 January 2012 11:26 PM

The Spanish Government will set a spending limit and sanctions for Autonomies that do not meet the deficit objectives

Catalonia already approved its own spending limit through a law of its own last September. The Spanish Vice President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, explained that the new Budget Stability and Sustainability Law will introduce “mechanism...
The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell (by R. Garrido)

12 January 2012 11:11 PM

Regional governments are responsible for less than 20% of Spain’s debt and for 33% of its 2011 deficit

In the last number of weeks, regional governments in Spain have been taking the blame for the deficit, and in the past week have done so at an international level. However, Spain’s Central Government is responsible for 63% of the country’s...
The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro (by J. R. Torné)

11 January 2012 10:12 PM

The Spanish Government threatens to financially asphyxiate the Autonomies that do not meet the deficit objective

The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro, announced that the Central Government might heavily fine the governments of Autonomous Communities that do not meet the deficit objective. Montoro, from the People’s Party (PP), met with the...
UK's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Catalan President, Artur Mas, talking this Monday in London (by L. Pous)

09 January 2012 11:55 PM

Mas explains Catalonia’s austerity measures to Liberal leaders in London

The Catalan President, Artur Mas, has met with the UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at a summit of European Liberal leaders. He stressed that Catalonia is doing “its homework” despite the excessive and “continuous fiscal drainage” from...
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