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Artur Mas (left) and Andreu Mas-Colell (right) presenting the third austerity plan (by R. Garrido)

16 May 2012 12:59 AM

The Catalan Government presents its third austerity plan based on further budget cuts “obliged” by Madrid and Brussels

The third plan represents an additional budget cut of €1.5 billion, in order to meet the 1.5% deficit target for this year. The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, said that the plan “guarantees essential services”. He also...
The Catalan Parliament approving the Budget Stability Law (by A. Moldes)

11 May 2012 12:20 AM

The Catalan Government will have its deficit limited to 0.14% by 2018

The Catalan Parliament has approved Catalonia’s Law of Budget Stability, which is more restrictive than its Spanish equivalent. The Catalan law reduces the adaptation time set in Spanish law by 2 years. Furthermore, it sets a 0% deficit for...
A waiting room in a Catalan hospital (by B. Cazorla)

10 May 2012 01:29 AM

Immigrants lacking legal residence will have their access to the Catalan public healthcare guaranteed

The Catalan Government has rejected the Spanish Executive’s initiative to limit public healthcare to foreign nationals without a legalised residence status. The Spanish Government proposed that irregular immigrants would only have access to...
Schulz with Fathallah Sijilmassi, Union for the Mediterranean's Secretary General, whose headquarters are in Barcelona (by ACN)

09 May 2012 10:36 PM

Martin Schulz: "In Europe, we lack imagination" and "leadership"

On Europe’s Day, CNA reflects the conference the President of the European Parliament gave in Barcelona last week. The German politician emphasised the importance of the Mediterranean Basin and its great economic potential; the historical moment...
The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, on Tuesday (by M. Bélmez)

09 May 2012 12:47 AM

Catalonia questions the constitutionality of the Spanish Government’s education and healthcare reforms

The Catalan Government has announced a plan against the Spanish Government’s “recentralisation offensive”. One of its actions is taking the education and healthcare reforms adopted by Madrid to the Catalan Council for Constitutional...
French citizens voting in polling station set up at Barcelona's Lycée Français (by N. Julià)

08 May 2012 04:38 PM

The French community in Catalonia takes a left turn

Last Sunday Socialist candidate François Hollande won the French presidential elections. After 17 years of conservative government the French voted for change including the French community of Catalonia, which had the possibility to express...
Unemployment in Catalonia drops in April by 0.4% (by ACN)

05 May 2012 12:20 AM

Unemployment in Catalonia drops in April by 0.4%

April was the second consecutive month that experienced a fall in unemployment in Catalonia. Last month there were 2,526 fewer people registered as unemployed in Catalonia. The total number of jobless people was 635,721. In Spain, unemployment...
Mario Draghi in Barcelona (by O. Campuzano)

04 May 2012 12:32 AM

Mario Draghi “recognises” Spain’s “significant effort” but asks for “perseverance”

The President of the European Central Bank, whose Governing Council met in Barcelona on May 3rd, praised the Spanish Government’s “significant effort” made in a “very short period of time” to approve structural reforms. However, Mario...
From left to right: Miguel Angel Fernández Ordóñez, Artur Mas, and Mario Draghi at the Generalitat Palace (by O. Campuzano)

03 May 2012 01:51 AM

The Catalan President advised Mario Draghi against worsening the crisis by reducing the deficit too fast

Coinciding with the European Central Bank Governing Council organised in Barcelona, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, met with Mario Draghi and other members of the ECB Governing Council. Mas took the opportunity to explain to...
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