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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...
The Spanish Transport Minister announced the Central Railway Corridor was once again a priority (by ACN)

17 February 2012 12:16 AM

Catalans shocked by decision to prioritise the Central Railway Corridor

The Spanish Minister for Public Works and Transport, Ana Pastor, announced she would prioritise the Central Railway Corridor, which would link the Gibraltar area with Madrid, Zaragoza, Toulouse and the rest of Europe through the Central Pyrenees....
Alícia Sánchez-Camacho (dressed in fucsia) talking to the Catalan President (bottom right) (by O. Campuzano)

15 February 2012 11:00 PM

The Catalan Parliament approves the 2012 budget with the abstention of the People’s Party

As agreed, the PP abstained during the vote on the Catalan Government’s budget for 2012. The final text was approved with the 62 votes from CiU MPs, which controls the Catalan Government, the one vote from an independent MP, and the abstention...
The PP's President in Catalonia, Alícia Sánchez-Camacho, showing the agreement's document (by P. Mateos)

14 February 2012 11:49 PM

CiU and the PP reach a final agreement to approve the Catalan Budget

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), which controls the Catalan Government, and the People’s Party (PP), the third political party in Catalonia’s Parliament, have agreed to reduce some of the fees from the original proposal,...
The entrance of the Union for the Mediterranean Permanent Secretariat, in Barcelona's Pedralbes Palace (by ACN)

14 February 2012 09:00 PM

Another Moroccan diplomat becomes the Union for the Mediterranean’s new Secretary General

Fathallah Sijilmassi is the substitute of Youssef Amrani, who quit after less than one year in office to become Morocco’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister. Sijilmassi was Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Investments, and previously...
Construction work at La Sagrera (by N. Julià)

13 February 2012 10:53 PM

The Spanish Government recognises a €5.75 billion lack of investment in railway infrastructure in Catalonia

After last week’s minor train accident, the Spanish Minister for Transport, Ana Pastor, wanted to personally check Barcelona Metropolitan Area’s railway infrastructure. Pastor has recognised that the Spanish Government had not invested the...
Tourists in Barcelona's Les Rambles (by ACN)

08 February 2012 03:22 PM

CiU and PP agree on postponing the tourist tax and limiting the drug prescription fee

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition ‘CiU’, which runs the Catalan Government, is close to reaching an agreement with the Conservative People’s Party (PP) on this year’s budget. They have been negotiating over the past number of...
The Catalan Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell (by ACN)

04 February 2012 01:35 PM

Catalonia misses 2011 public deficit target but Government confident will meet this year’s objective of 1.3%

The Catalan Government has announced the deficit for last year was 3.29%, short of the 2.66% target set by Barcelona. The Catalan Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell, has praised citizens for having tightened their purse strings, and says...
Spanair planes parked at Barcelona El Prat Airport (by O. Campuzano)

02 February 2012 09:44 PM

The European Parliament unanimously votes against Madrid-Barajas’ privileges to exclusively run intercontinental flights

The Spanish Government has signed 23 bilateral agreements with other countries that fix Madrid Barajas as the only airport in Spain where their flights can operate. This discriminates against Barcelona El Prat Airport by not permitting it to have...
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