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A water pipeline connecting ATLL's Ter and Llobregat networks below Collserola hills, next to Barcelona (by P. Solà)

06 November 2012 11:33 PM

The Catalan Government privatises Greater Barcelona’s water supply to reduce the public deficit

The Catalan Government awarded Acciona’s joint venture the contract to manage Aigües Ter Llobregat (ATLL), the public company supplying drinkable water to an area of 5 million people. Acciona, a Brazilian investment bank, and other companies...
A branch of the Catalan Public Employment Service (by ACN)

05 November 2012 11:48 PM

Unemployment in Catalonia increased by 13,849 people in October, reaching an historical record

646,306 people were unemployed in Catalonia at the end of October. This is the highest figure since the start of this data series in the year 2000. Over the last month, unemployment in Catalonia grew by 2.19%, while a year ago, in October 2011, it...
Scotland's PM, Alex Salmond (left) and UK's PM, David Cameron (right) after signing the referendum agreement (by Reuters)

31 October 2012 08:53 PM

A Westminster report states that an independent Scotland would be EU Member State from first day

The report, published by the British Parliament, has been drafted by a senior expert on the enlargement of the European Union, Honorary Director-General of the European Commission and Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre. The arguments in...
EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, in a press conference (by F. Lenoir / Reuters)

30 October 2012 11:07 PM

The European Commission sends contradictory messages regarding hypothetical Catalan independence

Commissioners Reding and Almunia have publicly said that, if there were a unilateral declaration of independence, Catalonia would not be automatically expelled from the EU. However, after being put under pressure by the Spanish Government, Reding...
Rubalcaba (left) and Navarro (right) this last summer in Greater Barcelona (by J. Pérez)

29 October 2012 11:23 PM

The Catalan Socialists propose a constitutional self-determination referendum but the Spanish Socialists are opposed

The PSC approved its electoral programme last weekend with the aim of becoming a third option “between the recentralisation of the People’s Party (PP) and the independence of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU)”. They...
The Catalan President and CiU's candidate, Artur Mas, presenting the electoral programme (by R. Garrido)

29 October 2012 11:00 PM

The CiU proposes an independent Catalan state within the EU by 2020

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) presented its electoral programme for the next Catalan elections, to be held on the 25th of November. CiU’s leader and incumbent President of the Catalan Government – who is running for...
Pimec, Catalonia's main small and medium-sized business association, presented a survey among its members (by M. Amengual)

26 October 2012 12:37 AM

66.8% of small and medium-size business owners would support an independent Catalan state within the EU

Pimec, the main SME association in Catalonia, issued a survey taken of its members. Two thirds of the interviewees would support Catalonia’s independence from Spain while remaining in the European Union. 21.1% would prefer a more federal Spain...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, in a lunch meeting with businesspeople (by P. Mateos)

24 October 2012 10:41 PM

The Catalan President accuses the Spanish Prime Minister of imposing his views instead of negotiating

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, had previously accused the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, of having blackmailed him by trying to “impose the fiscal agreement or accept the consequences” in last September’s...
The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, presenting the report on duplicities (by P. Mateos)

24 October 2012 01:15 AM

The Catalan Government accuses the Spanish Executive of invading competences and duplicating rules and services

The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, presented a report that analyses the normative and organisation duplicities at Spanish and Catalan level. The study, compiled by a Catalan Government's institute, concludes that the...
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