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Ana Pastor visited on Monday the Barcelona Port Authority (by E. Romagosa)

06 March 2012 12:13 AM

Barcelona Port affected by a lack of investment from the Spanish Government

The enlargement of Barcelona Port, where Hutchison’s new container terminal will be located, was supposed to be linked by International-width standard railway to Central Europe and be better connected by road. However, the Spanish Minister for...
Andreu Mas-Colell (left) and Cristóbal Montoro (right) at the last Fiscal and Financial Policy Council (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

05 March 2012 11:31 PM

Every party in Catalonia, including the PP, asks for more proportional deficit targets in 2012

There has been a unanimous call in Catalonia for greater flexibility of the deficit objectives applied to the Autonomous Communities for the current year. Every political party in Catalonia, including the People’s Party (PP), has asked the...
Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announcing the new deficit target in Brussels (by A. Málaga Homs)

02 March 2012 10:38 PM

The Spanish Government sets new deficit targets without agreement from neither the EU nor the Autonomous Communities

The Catalan Government considers the Spanish Government to be “disloyal” for unilaterally setting the new deficit objectives and for not allowing the same degree of flexibility to the autonomous communities, who manage all basic services. The...
A branch of the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) (by O. Campuzano)

02 March 2012 10:36 PM

Unemployment in Catalonia rose by 1.38% in February, the smallest increase for the month since 2008

Unemployment has reached a new historical record in Catalonia, with 641,948 people being signed on. These figures mean that 8,738 more people were out of work in February compared to January. In Spain as a whole unemployment increased by 112,269...

01 March 2012 09:42 PM

Neelie Kroes: “Silicon Valley is a very good example”, although “Barcelona needs to find its own model”

ACN interviewed Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda. Her “dream” would be to reach a European Union single market for mobile phone and internet services. “It is not normal” that when...
A press ad announcing some months ago the Catalan Government's retail bonds (by ACN)

27 February 2012 11:18 PM

Catalan Government to issue retail bonds again

Residents in Catalonia will be able to buy treasury bonds from the Catalan Government in April for the fourth time since 2010. The money will be used for interest repayments, in May, of a former bonds auction. The exact interest rate or the...
The CMT headquarters in Barcelona's 22@ District (by X. Alsinet)

24 February 2012 11:34 PM

Spanish Government centralises all regulatory bodies to foster market harmonisation

With the measure, Barcelona will no longer host the headquarters of the Spanish Authority regulating the Telecommunications Market (CMT). However, the Catalan capital could still host a delegation of the new body, considering the presence of...
People waiting in a branch of the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) (by ACN)

20 February 2012 11:49 PM

The Catalan Government reforms the jobseeker model

The plan has a €420 million euro budget for 2012 and aims to foster quality education by changing the current system based on subsidising training courses offered by job-placement organisations and municipalities for another model based on...
The Catalan Government reduces public sector salaries by 3% to meet deficit objectives (by ACN)

17 February 2012 10:06 PM

The Catalan Government reduces public sector salaries by 3% to meet deficit objectives

The salary drop is to be added to the 5% cutback in 2010 and the 2011 salary freeze despite the increase in inflation. Trade unions denounced that since May 2010, Catalan public employees have lost 20% of their purchasing power. In addition, trade...
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