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Spanish VP Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría before this Thursday's press conference (by La Moncloa / ACN)

05 January 2012 10:02 PM

Catalonia rejects the Spanish Government’s proposal to approve the Autonomies’ budget in advance

The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government has said that the new Spanish Economy Minister’s proposal goes against the Constitution and Catalonia’s self-governance. The Basque Country is also against the measure announced by Luís de Guindos...
Youssef Amrani, the day he took office as UfM's Secretary General (by M. Fernández Noguera)

04 January 2012 09:54 PM

The Union for the Mediterranean loses its Secretary General once again

The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, whose headquarters are based in Barcelona, has resigned to become Morocco’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. King Mohamed VI appointed Youssef Amrani to counterweight...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas, during this Tuesday's press conference (by R. Garrido)

03 January 2012 11:15 PM

“Treating the Autonomies like children or bad students is silly and unfair”, warns the Catalan President

Artur Mas, President of the Catalan Government, has reflected on his first year in office. Mas justified the budget cuts his government has made in order to avoid “a collapse” in public services. He also criticised the recent trend of...
The new Spanish Minister for Economy and Competitiveness, Luís de Guindos (by ACN)

02 January 2012 10:29 PM

Spain’s new Minister for the Economy “feels sympathetic” for the Catalan Government’s “austerity efforts”

In a radio interview, Luis de Guindos, said he is supportive of the budget austerity measures put in place by the Catalan Government over the last 12 months. In addition, the new Spanish Minister for the Economy stated that the drug prescription...
The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I (by ACN)

28 December 2011 09:34 PM

The King of Spain Juan Carlos has a salary of €292,752

For the first time since 1979, the Spanish Royal family has published how it spends the public money that it receives every year. In 2011, the household was given €8.4 million. The transparency of the monarchy comes at a time when the king’s...
Jordi Font was the Catalan delegate in Argentina (by ACN/Facebook)

28 December 2011 01:51 PM

The Government closes its delegation in Argentina

The Catalan executive changes its foreign policy and urges its representatives to focus on the promotion of business and other economic issues abroad
Alejandro Cao in North Korea (by ACN)

21 December 2011 11:53 PM

A Catalan-North Korean Official ensures that “the government will be collective” for some years, until Kim Jong-un becomes the “Great Leader”

Alejandro Cao, born in Catalonia, is the Chairman of the Korean Friendship Association, part of the hermetic regime’s body promoting North Korea’s image abroad. Cao is one of the few North Korean top officials who travel abroad and talk to the...
The President of the Catalan Parliament, De Gispert, receives the USB stick with the Catalan budget from Mas-Colell (P. Mateos)

20 December 2011 10:54 PM

The Catalan Government budget for 2012 fulfils the 1.3% deficit objective by increasing taxes, selling assets and reducing public sector salaries

The Catalan Government will reduce department expenditure by 3.8%, public sector prices will increase and real estate assets will be sold. In addition, a symbolic tourist tax and a universal fee for each drug prescription will be introduced. The...
Some of the Catalan MEPs. From left to right: Tremosa, Junqueras, Romeva and Badia (by R. Correa)

20 December 2011 07:43 PM

MEPs from Catalonia request the European Commission to supervise the Catalan Government’s budget to stress transparency

In order to foster transparency, almost all the Catalan Members of the European Parliament have asked the European Commission to supervise the Catalan Government's budget, and other “regions of systemic importance”. Catalonia’s GDP is as big...
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