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The hearing at the Catalan Parliament (by R. Garrido)

04 August 2012 12:13 AM

The Catalan Government provides explanations to the Parliament regarding social care organisations’ payments

The Catalan Social Affairs Minister, Josep Lluís Cleries, stated before the Catalan Parliament that €70 million had not been paid on time to health and social care organisations this August. He said he was sorry for the situation but underlined...
The Spanish Finance Minister, Critóbal Montoro, addressing the press after last Tuesday's CPFF (by S. Vera / Reuters)

01 August 2012 11:00 PM

The Catalan Executive states it will meet its financial obligations despite not attending the Autonomies’ meeting

The Catalan Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Lluís Recoder, has emphasised that “not attending a meeting as a protest does not mean not honouring the agreements”. Recoder was answering the Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal...
The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, this Tuesday in Barcelona (by O. Campuzano)

01 August 2012 12:02 AM

Catalonia refuses to attend the Autonomous Communities council in protest of decisions made beforehand

Andalusia quits the meeting after one hour. For the first time in democracy, the Catalan Finance Minister did not attend the Fiscal and Financial Policy Council (CPFF), where the Autonomous Community governments and the Spanish Executive discuss...
Miquel Valls, President of Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (by E. Romagosa)

01 August 2012 12:01 AM

A reduction of the solidarity contribution to Spain by a third would leave Catalonia with no deficit

According to the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, if Catalonia continued contributing to Spain’s fiscal redistribution scheme but it did so to a lesser extent, Catalan public finances would have no deficit and Catalonia’s public debt would be...
A toll barrier in a Catalan motorway (by A. Recolons)

30 July 2012 10:35 PM

Catalonia against the Spanish Government’s unilateral decision to increase highway toll prices by 7.5%

Catalan political parties, business associations, and many citizens are outraged by the decision to increase toll prices in Catalonia, while in the rest of Spain there are many toll-free highways. The Catalan Transport Minister asked the Spanish...
Catalan Minister for Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell

26 July 2012 09:28 PM

The Minister for the Economy admits Catalonia will use capital from the Regional Liquidity Fund

The Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell, warned the Spanish government that the Generalitat "will never accept political conditions" in exchange for capital from the Regional Liquidity Fund (FLA). He repeated the phrase three times after...
An overall majority of Catalan MPs voted in favour of the new fiscal pact (by ACN)

25 July 2012 10:07 PM

Yes to a new fiscal pact for Catalonia

Catalan Parliament approved on Wednesday the proposal for a new fiscal pact for Catalonia by an overall majority. The proposal defends the creation of an independent tax agency with powers to raise and manage all taxes in Catalonia. According to...
The Catalan Government spokesman, Francesc Homs (by ACN)

24 July 2012 06:58 PM

Catalonia considering financing from the regional liquidity fund, but rejects claims it is seeking a rescue

Catalonia has not asked for a rescue from Spain, said the spokesman of the Catalan government, Francesc Homs. At a press conference, Homs denied reports that Catalonia is seeking a full bail-out, but admitted the government is considering...
The Spanish Economy minister, Luis de Guindos (by ACN)

23 July 2012 09:15 PM

Spain will not require a full sovereign bailout, says Luis de Guindos

The Spanish Economy minister said on Monday that the state will “absolutely not” require a full rescue package such as the one taken by Greece, Ireland or Portugal. Speaking at a parliamentary hearing, De Guindos said that the Spanish economy...
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