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An office from the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) in Lleida (by ACN)

02 June 2011 11:58 PM

Unemployment in Catalonia drops by 6,199 in May

In total there were 595,342 people registered as unemployed at the end of May in Catalonia. This 1% reduction in relation to the previous month is not good news compared to May 2010, when there were 20,000 fewer people in dole queues. Unemployment...
Barcelona Activa's website (by ACN / Barcelona Activa)

26 May 2011 02:31 PM

The European Commission recognises ‘Barcelona Activa’ as the best European initiative developing entrepreneurship

‘Barcelona Activa’ is Barcelona City Council’s agency for local development. Its main activities are promoting business and employment creation. ‘Barcelona Activa’ wins the Grand Jury Prize of the 2011 European Enterprise Awards,...
Barcelona El Prat airport's terminal T2 A (by R. Pagano)

25 May 2011 01:43 PM

The management of Barcelona Airport will pass to private hands before the end of the year

Barcelona El Prat and Madrid Barajas airports will be run by private operators. The Spanish Government has already started informal contacts with potential private operators. Public competition would begin this summer, would take place in two...
Construmat will have an annual sister fair in China (by P. Mateu)

20 May 2011 03:17 PM

Barcelona’s Construction Trade Fair ‘Construmat’ resists the crisis and will travel to China in 2012

‘Construmat’ is Spain’s main trade fair for the construction industry and will run until Saturday May 21st. Barcelona’s fair will have a “sister” event in China next year, with Chinese companies but also with those present at the...
IKEA celebrates its 15th anniversary in Spain (by ACN)

16 May 2011 10:10 PM

Ikea to invest 3 million euros in its shops in Catalonia

The Swedish multinational plans to open new stores in Sabadell, Tarragona and Girona. The shops will create 1200 jobs
The new Audi Q3 crossover was presented at Barcelona's Automobile Fair (by P. Mateu)

13 May 2011 05:17 PM

Barcelona’s Automobile Fair opens its doors

The European presentation of the Audi Q3, which will be unveiled in Catalonia, is the focus of the first day’s attention at Bacelona’s Automobile Fair. Electric cars are set to be one of the main attractions of this year’s Fair. The ‘Saló...
Criteria, La Caixa's industrial and financial holding will become CaixaBank (by ACN)

13 May 2011 01:48 AM

CaixaBank, the new retail bank by La Caixa, will start trading in the Stock Exchange on July 1st

The transformation of the savings bank La Caixa’s industrial holding, Criteria into the private bank CaixaBank is reaching the final stage. Criteria’s stockholder board approved duplicating the current stocks by issuing 300,000 convertible...
Vueling's Chairman Josep Piqué (centre) presenting the project in Paris (by J. Font)

12 May 2011 01:54 AM

Catalan airline Vueling to open new operating base in Paris Orly

The airline Vueling, which has its main base at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, has a network of permanent operating bases, to which Paris Orly will be added if French authorities give the green light. Vueling’s Chairman, Josep Piqué, announced...
Spanair may begin operating a daily flight between Girona and Madrid in autumn (by ACN)

10 May 2011 01:43 PM

Girona airport goes East with direct flights to Moscow, Belgrade, Warsaw, Gdansk and Katowice

Tourists from Eastern Europe will increase their presence in Catalonia this summer season, according to experts in the sector. Girona is now linked with 60 destinations while at the same Ryanair is reducing its flights from the airport and in a...
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