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The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, in an event held this week (by J. Molina)

31 January 2013 09:58 PM

The Catalan Government asks the European Commission to guarantee the “fairer” distribution of deficit targets within Spain

Andreu Mas-Colell, the Catalan Finance Minister, has sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Olli Rehn, to denounce the fact that the Spanish Government is proportionally imposing much stricter deficit target...
Mariano Rajoy, Spain's Prime Minister, on a recent visit to Catalonia (by T. Tàpia)

30 January 2013 09:34 PM

Rajoy will not review the Autonomous Communities’ deficit targets if Brussels does not allow greater flexibility

On Monday the Spanish Minister for the Economy, Luís de Guindos, stated that Spain might internally redistribute its total deficit target among the different government levels in order to give more breathing space to the Autonomous Communities,...
The Catalan Minister for the President, in charge of External Relations, Francesc Homs, on Tuesday (by O. Campuzano)

29 January 2013 11:41 PM

The Catalan Government announces it will increase its external relations action as it is “more needed than ever”

The Catalan Government criticised the Spanish Executive’s obstacles to Catalonia’s own external relations action, as “in a globalised world” this “is not a caprice”, but essential to be recognised at an international level and to...
Olli Rehn (left) and Luís de Guindos (right) in Madrid on Monday (by Reuters)

28 January 2013 11:16 PM

Spanish Ministry for the Economy is willing to split deficit targets “equitably” among government levels

The Catalan Government has been insisting on the need to internally redistribute deficit objectives in Spain, splitting them in a fairer way in order to better pair the responsibility of the management of basic services with their share of...
An office of the Catalan Public Employment Service SOC (by N. Julià)

24 January 2013 11:11 PM

Catalonia ended 2012 with a record 23.9% unemployment rate, 110,000 more jobseekers than a year ago

The number of unemployed people had reached 885,000 individuals by the end of 2012, a record high, with 110,000 more jobseekers than a year ago. This means that Catalonia’s unemployment rate increased from 20.5% to 23.9% in the last twelve...
The Catalan Parliament debating the declaration of sovereignty (by O. Campuzano)

23 January 2013 10:51 PM

The Catalan Parliament approves the ‘Declaration of sovereignty and the right to self-determination by the people of Catalonia’

The Parliament of Catalonia has approved an historical declaration of sovereignty claiming the right to self-determination by the Catalan people. The full text is included in this news item. The declaration paves the way for the organisation of a...
A pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona this last Christmas (by ACN)

23 January 2013 06:35 PM

The Barcelona Bar Association claims that self-determination is an inalienable right of Catalonia

The association’s People’s Rights Commission defends the celebration of a referendum and the unilateral independence declaration if the Spanish Government insists in not allowing a citizen vote on the issue. While is it true that the current...
From left to right: Andreu Mas-Colell, Artur Mas and Francesc Homs, presenting the Catalan Government's budget liquidation (ACN)

22 January 2013 11:15 PM

The Catalan Government would have had a deficit of 1.53% without the Spanish Government’s “disloyalty”

If the Spanish Government had honoured its legal commitments and did not “centrifuge the deficit” towards the Autonomous Communities, the Catalan Government would have ended 2012 with a deficit of 1.53%, according to the Catalan Finance...
A European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg (by European Parliament)

16 January 2013 11:35 PM

The European Parliament asks for the deficit targets to be split “in a fair way” among government levels

The Spanish Government is keeping most of the 4.5% public deficit allowed to the entire Spanish public sector in 2013 for itself, despite managing only 50% of the total public spending. It has allowed itself a 3.8% deficit while it has imposed a...
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