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The Spanish Government announced on Friday a revision of the economic forecasts and the deficit targets (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

27 April 2013 01:06 AM

The Spanish Government raises the deficit target for the Autonomous Communities from 0.7% to 1.2% for 2013

The deficit target for Spain’s entire public sector has also been raised from 4.5% to 6.3%. The Spanish Government has kept 81% of the deficit for itself while it is only responsible for 50% of Spain’s public spending. The Spanish Government...
The construction sector is the only one with an unemployment decrease (by ACN)

26 April 2013 12:26 AM

Unemployment in Catalonia reaches 24.53% by the end of the first quarter of 2013

By the end of March, unemployment in the whole of Spain set a new historical record high with a rate of 27.16% and more than 6.2 million people being without a job and looking for a new one. This represented a quarterly increase of 237,400...
The European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and the Catalan President Artur Mas (by L. Pous)

23 April 2013 01:16 AM

The Catalan President states in Brussels that the EU views Catalonia's self-determination "with great respect"

In an official visit to Brussels where the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, met with three Commissioners, he recognised that the European Union institutions view Catalonia’s self-determination “with great respect” but they...
A second-hand flat on rent in Barcelona (by O. Campuzano)

23 April 2013 12:02 AM

The Catalan Government is considering the implementation of a tax on empty flats to be paid by the owning companies

The new tax would not affect individual citizens neither would it be implemented in areas without housing demand. The tax aims to put apartments and houses, owned by banks and real estate companies that remain empty despite being in areas with a...
Some of the mayors from the 11 town halls that paid their taxes to the Catalan Government's agency (by P. Mateu)

19 April 2013 12:56 AM

Eleven town halls pay their taxes to the Catalan Tax Agency instead of the Spanish one

In a symbolical action, 11 town halls have handed in their monthly taxes to the Catalan Tax Agency and not to the equivalent Spanish entity. The Catalan Government’s body stated that it is legal, since later they will transfer the money to the...
The Mayor of Badalona, Xavier García Albiol in a recent press conference (by J. Pujolar)

13 April 2013 01:02 AM

One of the main members of the People’s Party (PP) in Catalonia to go on trial for xenophobia

Xavier García Albiol, the Mayor of Badalona – Catalonia’s third largest city and attached to Barcelona – will go on trial accused of the felonies of provocation of hate, discrimination and violence as well as of collective provocative...
The Catalan Supreme Court order (TSJC) followed a sentence from the Spanish Supreme Court against the current school model (ACN)

12 April 2013 12:38 AM

Catalan Euro MPs ask European institutions to take up a stance regarding Catalonia's school model

Four Members of the European Parliament representing three Catalan parties have asked the European Commission and the European Council to declare their position regarding the linguistic immersion model in place in Catalonia’s schools. The four...
The Catalan Socialists' leader, Pere Navarro, at the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday (by A. Moldes)

10 April 2013 01:05 AM

The Spanish Socialist Party backs a constitutional reform but rejects allowing Catalonia’s self-determination vote

The leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, and the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, secretly met on Sunday in Madrid, along with the Secretary General of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC), Pere...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, at the press conference he offered on Wednesday (by O. Campuzano)

04 April 2013 01:20 AM

The Catalan President insists on talking to the Spanish Government about the self-determination claims

Artur Mas, the President of the Catalan Government and leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), is sceptical about the Spanish Executive’s desire to find a negotiated solution regarding Catalonia’s self-determination...
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