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PM Zapatero this morning before the Spanish Parliament (by La Moncloa)

28 June 2011 11:15 PM

The Catalan Government rejects PM Zapatero’s proposal to impose an expenditure limit for the Autonomous Communities

PM Zapatero today proposed an expenditure limit for the Autonomous Communities before the Spanish Parliament . The Spokesperson for the Catalan Executive considers it an attack to self-governance and fiscal autonomy. In addition, he stressed that...
Bank of Spain's Governor Migue Angel Fernández Ordóñez entering into the Spanish Parliament on Tuesday (by Reuters)

22 June 2011 01:30 PM

The IMF considers that Spain’s greatest financial risk is certain Autonomous Communities not meeting the deficit objective

The International Monetary Fund wants the Spanish Government to “strengthen” the labour market reform, not give up on spending cuts and restructure the financial system. The same day, the Bank of Spain's Governor, Miguel Angel Fernández...
Catalonia has 34,323 million euros of public debt (by ACN)

18 June 2011 02:14 PM

The Spanish Government has 76% of Spain’s total public debt, while the Autonomous Community share is “only” 17%

The Autonomous Community public debt has increased 26% in the last 12 months and represents now the historic maximum of 11.4% of Spain’s GDP. Spain’s total public debt reached 63.6% of its GDP and totals 679.8 billion euros. The Catalan...
The Catalan Police's station where the detained protesters were taken to (by P. Cortina)

17 June 2011 12:48 AM

The office of public prosecution to investigate violent acts against Catalan MPs

The Catalan Parliament will also file a formal complaint regarding the violent protests that took place last Wednesday in Barcelona. Protesters tried to besiege the Parliament and impede the entrance of MPs, some of whom were insulted, threatened,...
The Catalan Parliament voting on the motions to substitute the budget bill (by O. Campuzano)

16 June 2011 01:35 PM

The People’s Party eases the way in parliament for the Catalan budget

The Catalan People’s Party (PPC) abstained and facilitated the rejection of the motions to substitute the budget bill presented by the Catalan Government, run by the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition CiU. The motions had been presented...
Two of the Catalan Government's Ministers arriving via helicopter (by P. Francesch)

15 June 2011 11:55 PM

Square protesters try to besiege the Catalan Parliament

The Catalan Parliament was under siege by the “indignats” protesters, who have been camping on Catalunya Square for the last month. They tried to impede MPs' access to the park where the Parliament is located. Some MPs arrived on foot and were...
The European Commission's headquarters: the Berlaymont building in Brussels (by European Commission)

09 June 2011 05:41 PM

The European Commission recognises Catalonia’s “budget cuts of unprecedented proportions” to reduce the deficit

The European Commission also recognised "a different effort" to the rest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities. Brussels said so when on Tuesday it asked Spain “to strictly control” the public “deficit and debt of regional governments”, the...
Artur Mas (left) with Herman Van Rompuy (right) (by A. Segura)

07 June 2011 12:36 AM

European Council President Van Rompuy meets with the Catalan President Artur Mas

The President of the Catalan Government detailed his plan to Herman Van Rompuy to balance the Catalan budget and reduce the public deficit. Artur Mas stressed the importance of the Mediterranean Railway Corridor for the European economy and he...
The Catalan Parliament approved this Wednesday the Inheritance Tax's modification (by R. Garrido)

01 June 2011 11:19 PM

CiU abolishes the Inheritance Tax with PP’s votes in the middle of the debate over the Catalan Government’s finances

The Catalan Parliament approved the modification of the Inheritance Tax, which is practically eliminated among couples, sons, daughters, parents and grandparents. It was an electoral promise of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU),...
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