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The Spanish Vice President and Government's Spokesperson Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

13 January 2012 11:26 PM

The Spanish Government will set a spending limit and sanctions for Autonomies that do not meet the deficit objectives

Catalonia already approved its own spending limit through a law of its own last September. The Spanish Vice President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, explained that the new Budget Stability and Sustainability Law will introduce “mechanism...
The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell (by R. Garrido)

12 January 2012 11:11 PM

Regional governments are responsible for less than 20% of Spain’s debt and for 33% of its 2011 deficit

In the last number of weeks, regional governments in Spain have been taking the blame for the deficit, and in the past week have done so at an international level. However, Spain’s Central Government is responsible for 63% of the country’s...
The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro (by J. R. Torné)

11 January 2012 10:12 PM

The Spanish Government threatens to financially asphyxiate the Autonomies that do not meet the deficit objective

The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro, announced that the Central Government might heavily fine the governments of Autonomous Communities that do not meet the deficit objective. Montoro, from the People’s Party (PP), met with the...
UK's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Catalan President, Artur Mas, talking this Monday in London (by L. Pous)

09 January 2012 11:55 PM

Mas explains Catalonia’s austerity measures to Liberal leaders in London

The Catalan President, Artur Mas, has met with the UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at a summit of European Liberal leaders. He stressed that Catalonia is doing “its homework” despite the excessive and “continuous fiscal drainage” from...
Spanish VP Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría before this Thursday's press conference (by La Moncloa / ACN)

05 January 2012 10:02 PM

Catalonia rejects the Spanish Government’s proposal to approve the Autonomies’ budget in advance

The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government has said that the new Spanish Economy Minister’s proposal goes against the Constitution and Catalonia’s self-governance. The Basque Country is also against the measure announced by Luís de Guindos...
Youssef Amrani, the day he took office as UfM's Secretary General (by M. Fernández Noguera)

04 January 2012 09:54 PM

The Union for the Mediterranean loses its Secretary General once again

The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, whose headquarters are based in Barcelona, has resigned to become Morocco’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. King Mohamed VI appointed Youssef Amrani to counterweight...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas, during this Tuesday's press conference (by R. Garrido)

03 January 2012 11:15 PM

“Treating the Autonomies like children or bad students is silly and unfair”, warns the Catalan President

Artur Mas, President of the Catalan Government, has reflected on his first year in office. Mas justified the budget cuts his government has made in order to avoid “a collapse” in public services. He also criticised the recent trend of...
The new Spanish Minister for Economy and Competitiveness, Luís de Guindos (by ACN)

02 January 2012 10:29 PM

Spain’s new Minister for the Economy “feels sympathetic” for the Catalan Government’s “austerity efforts”

In a radio interview, Luis de Guindos, said he is supportive of the budget austerity measures put in place by the Catalan Government over the last 12 months. In addition, the new Spanish Minister for the Economy stated that the drug prescription...
The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I (by ACN)

28 December 2011 09:34 PM

The King of Spain Juan Carlos has a salary of €292,752

For the first time since 1979, the Spanish Royal family has published how it spends the public money that it receives every year. In 2011, the household was given €8.4 million. The transparency of the monarchy comes at a time when the king’s...
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