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The PP's President in Catalonia, Alícia Sánchez-Camacho, showing the agreement's document (by P. Mateos)

14 February 2012 11:49 PM

CiU and the PP reach a final agreement to approve the Catalan Budget

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), which controls the Catalan Government, and the People’s Party (PP), the third political party in Catalonia’s Parliament, have agreed to reduce some of the fees from the original proposal,...
The entrance of the Union for the Mediterranean Permanent Secretariat, in Barcelona's Pedralbes Palace (by ACN)

14 February 2012 09:00 PM

Another Moroccan diplomat becomes the Union for the Mediterranean’s new Secretary General

Fathallah Sijilmassi is the substitute of Youssef Amrani, who quit after less than one year in office to become Morocco’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister. Sijilmassi was Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Investments, and previously...
Construction work at La Sagrera (by N. Julià)

13 February 2012 10:53 PM

The Spanish Government recognises a €5.75 billion lack of investment in railway infrastructure in Catalonia

After last week’s minor train accident, the Spanish Minister for Transport, Ana Pastor, wanted to personally check Barcelona Metropolitan Area’s railway infrastructure. Pastor has recognised that the Spanish Government had not invested the...
Tourists in Barcelona's Les Rambles (by ACN)

08 February 2012 03:22 PM

CiU and PP agree on postponing the tourist tax and limiting the drug prescription fee

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition ‘CiU’, which runs the Catalan Government, is close to reaching an agreement with the Conservative People’s Party (PP) on this year’s budget. They have been negotiating over the past number of...
The Catalan Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell (by ACN)

04 February 2012 01:35 PM

Catalonia misses 2011 public deficit target but Government confident will meet this year’s objective of 1.3%

The Catalan Government has announced the deficit for last year was 3.29%, short of the 2.66% target set by Barcelona. The Catalan Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell, has praised citizens for having tightened their purse strings, and says...
Spanair planes parked at Barcelona El Prat Airport (by O. Campuzano)

02 February 2012 09:44 PM

The European Parliament unanimously votes against Madrid-Barajas’ privileges to exclusively run intercontinental flights

The Spanish Government has signed 23 bilateral agreements with other countries that fix Madrid Barajas as the only airport in Spain where their flights can operate. This discriminates against Barcelona El Prat Airport by not permitting it to have...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas (left), with Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy (right) (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

02 February 2012 01:32 PM

Mas meets with Rajoy to build a relationship “based on trust” and offers cooperation

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, has offered Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy; cooperation regards Spain’s structural reforms, such as the Labour Market reform. Mas has not put prior conditions on the table, but only...
Representatatives from a wide spectrum of the Catalan civil society chaired the meeting (by J. R. Torné)

01 February 2012 08:54 PM

Catalan civil society asks for a new fiscal agreement with Spain

Catalonia gives away between 8% and 9% of its GDP every year. The main actors in Catalan civil society got together to formally push for a new fiscal agreement with Spain, through which Catalonia would continue transferring money to poorer Spanish...
The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, on Tuesday's press conference (by P. Mateos)

31 January 2012 11:09 PM

The Catalan Government declares the tender to sell 26 buildings for €450 millions null and void

The lack of satisfactory offers has forced the Catalan Government to postpone its plan of selling several buildings off for cheap and losing money. Selling real estate assets is one of the ways the Catalan Government hopes to increase revenue and...
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