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The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean's Secretariat, located in Barcelona (by ACN)

28 June 2013 12:43 AM

The Union for the Mediterranean and the Intermediterranean Commission sign a cooperation agreement

The Intermediterranean Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe organised its annual Plenary Assembly in Barcelona, since Catalonia currently holds the organisation’s presidency. This organisation brings together 45...
The first meeting of the National Alliance for the Self-Determination Right at the Catalan Parliament's auditorium (by P. Mateu)

27 June 2013 12:24 AM

The Catalan President to formally ask Madrid for a vote after the first meeting of the Self-Determination Pact

The participants to the so-called National Alliance for the Self-Determination Right have met for the first time, bringing together almost 50 entities, including political parties, business associations, trade unions, social organisations and...
The Art-Nouveau Casa Burés in Barcelona (by Departament d'Economia i Coneixement)

26 June 2013 01:15 AM

The Catalan Government sells 13 buildings to AXA Real Estate for €172 million to reduce public deficit

The Catalan Government will continue to occupy the facilities as a tenant, annually paying €16.2 million in rent over the next 20 years. The decision to sell Catalan Government properties had been taken to ease the difficult financial situation...
The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister (left) and the Spanish Minister for the Public Sector (right) on Friday (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

22 June 2013 12:00 AM

Catalonia rejects giving away power recognised by its main law and regrets the Spanish Government's recentralisation

On Friday, the Spanish Government approved a €37.7 billion reform of Spain’s public sector which fosters the elimination of Autonomous Community bodies considered to be “redundant”. Instead of directly obliging the Autonomous Communities...
A Catalan independence flag in the 1.5 million strong demonstration supporting independence from Spain (by O. Campuzano)

21 June 2013 01:43 AM

55.6% of Catalans would support independence from Spain in a referendum while 23.4% would oppose it

According to an opinion poll from the Catalan Polling Centre (CEO), the Catalan political landscape would change, since the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC) would would become the largest force in the Catalan Parliament after doubling...
Andreu Mas-Colell (left) and the Catalan Presidency Minister, Francesc Homs (right) on Tuesday (by P. Mateos)

19 June 2013 01:44 AM

The Catalan Government raises the tax on second-hand real estate sales to earn an additional €150 million

The Wealth Transfer Tax, which is levied on sales of second-hand housing units and any other used real estate, will be raised from 8% to 10% as from the 1st of August. The Catalan Government expects to earn an additional €50 million in 2013 and...
A detail of the Palau de la Música Catalana Art-Nouveau building in Barcelona (by ACN)

14 June 2013 08:57 PM

The Spanish Public Prosecution Office accuses the governing Catalan Nationalist Party CDC of corruption

After a four-year investigation, the Public Prosecution Office – which comes under the jurisdiction of the Spanish Ministry of Justice – is accusing Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC), the main force within the two-party coalition...
A toll in Catalonia (by J. Polinario)

14 June 2013 08:51 PM

Barcelona Chamber of Commerce accuses the Spanish Government of owing €4 billion for investments in Catalonia

According to the current legislation, the Spanish Government has to invest 18.9% of its total transport infrastructure budget in Catalonia between 2007 and 2013 in order to compensate for an historical lack of such investments. However, according...
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron at the last Global Investment Conference (by Reuters)

13 June 2013 01:06 AM

David Cameron: "let the people decide" and do not "ignore questions of nationality, independence, identity"

The British Prime Minister David Cameron answered a question referring to Scotland’s self-determination process and he indirectly compared it to Catalonia’s situation. He stated that he “doesn’t believe” that trying “to ignore these...

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