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  • A police checkpoint in Sitges over the Easter holidays during the first lockdown, April 14, 2020 (Sitges council)

    Catalan government to refund 23,000 fines worth €4m from first state of alarm

    ACN | Barcelona
    25 October 2021 11:46 AM

    Money will be returned in "simplest" way possible after initial lockdown ruled unconstitutional   

HIGHLIGHTS


Tomàs Grau conducts the Franz Schubert Filharmonia and the Orfeó Català in a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pau Casals' Hymn of the United Nations, October 24, 2021 (Martí E. Berenguer)

Cellist Pau Casals' famous UN speech on Catalonia celebrated in concert

Palau de la Música marked 50th anniversary of landmark address, which will also be...
Activists tell climate action minister Teresa Jordà that 'families cannot constantly have their electricity cut off' (by Eli Don)

Energy poverty: when it comes down to buying food or paying utility bills

Grassroots group fears electricity price hikes will “take a toll on physical and mental health”

COVID-19


Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020
Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the...
A person is tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Figueres, northern Catalonia (by Gemma Tubert)

Over a million Covid-19 cases in Catalonia since beginning of pandemic

More than 1 in 10 residents have had the virus since February 25, 2020

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


Badalona mayor Xavier Garcia Albiol photographed at a press conference (by Jordi Pujolar)

Badalona mayor to run in 2023 election despite Pandora Papers ousting

Xavier Garcia Albiol considers the motion of no confidence against him ‘tremendously unfair’
A packet of Catalan language exams wrapped in plastic packaging (by Elisenda Rosanas)

Catalan-speaking territories come together to defend language in audiovisual sector

Growing concerns over lack of quotas for minority tongues in law regulating streaming platforms...
A wind farm in southern Catalonia (by Mar Rovira)

Decree aims to stop oligopolies from managing new renewable energy plants

Environmentalists believe government's amendments are not ambitious enough

SOCIETY


A 2019 protest in Barcelona against the 'criminalization' of migrant rescue NGO Open Arms (by Nazaret Romero)

Former Italian interior minister Salvini on trial for blocking migrant rescue boat

Far-right politician prevented Catalan NGO Open Arms ship from docking for 19 days
A man holds up a sign calling for Barcelona mayor Ada Colau to step down (by Eli Don)

1,200 Barcelona residents protest city's 'despair, sadness, and stagnation'

Barcelona is Unstoppable movement displeased with council's "lack of leadership"

BUSINESS


Electricity prices have been increasing steadily since July (by Albert Cadanet)

Why will electricity prices continue to rise?

Catalan News interviews economist and sustainability expert Ana García to find out
A high-speed AVE train entering a tunnel in Vilafranca del Penedès (by Gemma Sánchez)

Calls to bring back night trains that have disappeared due to ‘laziness’

Last train-hotel that circulated out of Barcelona was halted at the beginning of the pandemic
Mollerussa train station on October 19, 2021 (by Oriol Bosch)

Catalan government train operator FGC to manage Lleida commuter rail lines

Decision comes as cabinet tries to persuade Madrid for full control of network in Catalonia

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

Most restrictions eased from October 15

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the population by end of August 

CULTURE


Cellist Pau Casals at Carnegie Hall (United States Library of Congress)

'I am a Catalan': 50 years since Pau Casals' United Nations speech

Famed cellist and peace activist remembered across Catalonia
Maria del Mar Bonet and the Begues Big Band perform at the opening night of the Barcelona Jazz Festival (by Francesch)

53rd Barcelona Jazz Festival kicks off with full capacity crowds

Maria del Mar Bonet and the Begues Big Band got the festival underway in the Palau de la Música

LIFE & STYLE


Barcelona International Community Day 2021 (by Guifré Jordan)

Barcelona International Community Day 'exceeds expectations' with 3,600 attendees

Some 70 exhibitors, including Catalan News, were present at the event for foreigners living in...
The Catalan News stall at the Barcelona International Community Day (by Cillian Shields)

Barcelona International Community Day opens at Maritime Museum

Some 70 exhibitors, including Catalan News, are present at the event for foreigners living in the...
Poster image for Barcelona International Community Day

Finding your feet or looking to network at the Barcelona International Community Day

Prizes awarded to the earliest arrivers at the Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 23

SPORTS


FC Barcelona star Ansu Fati (by FC Barcelona)

Key renewals give Laporta and Barça a desperately needed reason to smile

Teenage stars Pedri and Ansu Fati sign new contracts with buyout clauses of €1 billion
Basketball player Pau Gasol in Barcelona (by ACN)

Basketball legend Pau Gasol retires from playing after glittering career

Catalan star calls time on career boasting two NBA Championships, six NBA All-Stars, and three...

TECH & SCIENCE


Anna N. Schlegel, vice president of Procore Technologies (by Lluís Sibils)

‘When I go into a room and it’s mainly men, I have to not care’

Anna N Schlegel, named one of the most influential women in tech, reflects on gender disparities...
Virtual recreation of a windmill installed in Barcelona's Collserola natural park (by Viure de l'Aire)

Windmills in Barcelona? Group hopes to collect €12m for cooperative eco-friendly project

Two turbines could be installed in Collserola within 5 years, but legal problems and social...

IN DEPTH


Filling the Sink Logo (ACN)

PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
A power line running through the Belianes-Preixana drylands in western Catalonia, June 22, 2021 (by Oriol Bosch)

PODCAST: Europe's energy crisis – what's behind your soaring electricity bills?

A look at how prices are determined, what actions governments are taking, and the effects of...

CATALAN TRIAL


Jordi Sànchez is applauded at the National Day protest on September 11, 2021 (by Sílvia Jardí)

Pardoned independence leader Sànchez takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Activist-turned-politician wants an "unequivocal correction" of his sentence and criticizes...
The head of Spain's judiciary, Carlos Lesmes, standing next to king Felipe VI (by EFE)

Spain’s judiciary head criticizes pardon of Catalan leaders

Carlos Lesmes says sedition convictions had "nothing to do with revenge"