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The Catalan Finance Minister (left) and the Spokesperson for the Catalan Government (right) (by R. Garrido)

15 December 2011 10:27 PM

Public employee unions protest at not being informed by the Catalan Government about delays in the extra salary payment

The Catalan Minister for Finance, Andreu Mas-Colell stated in a press conference that because of the Spanish Government’s refusal to pay them the promised €759 million, the Catalan Government will be short of cash for the remainder of the...
Public employees concentrated in Barcelona's Sant Jaume Square, before the Catalan Government's palace (by O. Campuzano)

14 December 2011 10:44 PM

Public employees and the Catalan Government clear on their aims for next year’s salaries and staff numbers

Public employees have taken to the streets to put pressure on the Catalan Government during the negotiation of next year’s budget. The Government proposed 19 measures affecting public employees and aimed at saving €625 million in 2012. They...
A caption from this week's Cabinet meeting at the Generalitat's Palace (by O. Campuzano)

14 December 2011 11:54 AM

The Catalan Government decides to take the Spanish Executive to court for not paying €759 million

The outgoing Spanish Government has refused to pay Catalonia €759 million this year despite being legally obliged to do so and having stated publicly on several occasions it would pay the money. The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government...
The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, during this Wednesday's radio interview (by D. Dotú)

07 December 2011 10:30 PM

The Catalan Government is studying legal options to oblige the Spanish Government to pay the money it owes them

The Spanish Government refuses to transfer some of the funds that it is legally obliged to pay Catalonia in 2011. Without this money, the Catalan Government will have difficulties meeting the deficit objective for this year. The Catalan Minister...
Borrell in a moment of the presentation of the book he has writen together with Brussels-based journalist Andreu Missé (by ACN)

30 November 2011 07:10 PM

Josep Borrell asks the European Central Bank and Member State governments “to do the opposite to what they are doing” to save the euro

The former President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell, believes that the European Central Bank must buy sovereign debt and that governments need to implement budget cuts at a slower rate in order to avoid a drop in economic growth....
The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government in a recent press conference (by X. Alsinet)

28 November 2011 11:51 PM

The Catalan and Spanish Governments dig their heels in regarding Catalonia’s “fiscal agreement”

Both governments are currently defining their strategies and building their respective cases in preparation for a discussion on the issue in the coming months. The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, has sent a clear message to...
Francesc Homs (left) and the Chairman of the Parliament's Commission, Santi Vila (right) this Friday (by V. Gumà)

25 November 2011 09:30 PM

The Catalan public television and radio broadcaster will have its budget drastically cut

In a meeting at the Parliament of Catalonia, the Catalan Government has announced that it will reduce its budget contribution to the Catalan public television and radio broadcaster (CCRTV) by 13.3%. As a consequence, the entire CCRTV budget will...
The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, this Thursday (by J. R. Torné)

24 November 2011 10:58 PM

The Catalan Government details the austerity measures for 2012 while Madrid questions the pharmaceutical fee

On Tuesday, the Catalan President announced a series of measures that will be included in the 2012 budget in order to meet the 1.3% deficit objective. The Catalan Finance Minister said that the fall in public spending will be smaller than that of...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas, before starting this Tuesday's press conference and announcing the measures (by P. Mateos)

22 November 2011 11:59 PM

The Catalan President announces a tax increase in 2012 and a reduction of public sector salaries to meet the deficit objective

Artur Mas, the President of the Catalan Government, has announced the main austerity measures to reduce Catalonia’s public deficit and meet the 1.3% objective for 2012. Mas stressed that these measures are to be taken in order to reduce the...
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