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The President of the Catalan Parliament, Núria de Gispert, with the two Vice Presidents (by J. Pérez)

21 January 2011 10:40 PM

The Catalan Parliament will reduce its budget by 9.5% in 2011

The President of the Catalan Parliament Núria de Gispert presented the Chamber’s austerity plan today. Staff will be reduced by 10% within the next 4 years, official duty cars by 50% and the scheduled enlargement plan will be put on stand by.
The Catalan President, Artur Mas (left), with the Government's man in Madrid, Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida (right) (by P. Mateos)

21 January 2011 10:38 AM

Catalonia warns Madrid that a “point of no return” might be reached in the relationship with Spain

Since the Spanish Deputy Minister for Budget threatened to intervene in Catalan budgetary affairs and in response to the recentralisation debate, the Catalan President, Artur Mas, sent a public warning to the Spanish Government and politicians in...
Artur Mas announced a 10% budget reduction (by X. Alsinet)

20 January 2011 03:54 PM

The Catalan Government’s budget will be 10% smaller in 2011

The President of the Catalan Government Artur Mas said that his Cabinet would reduce the Government’s budget for 2011 by 10% in order to cut public deficit. Speaking at the Catalan Parliament today, Mas accused the Spanish Government of not...

19 January 2011 10:08 PM

Madrid questions the Autonomous Community model

In the last few days, a series of declarations by Spanish leaders put some dark clouds over the future of the Autonomous Communities model, a cornerstone of the current Spanish Constitution. The People’s Party (PP) shot first, claiming for more...
The Spanish Senate this evening, with senators using the translation equipment (by R. Pi)

19 January 2011 12:28 AM

From now on the Catalan language will be used in the Spanish Senate

For the first time in the post Franco era, Catalan, Basque and Galician will be spoken at the Spanish Territorial High Chamber’s plenary sessions. Although the languages will still be banned in the Government’s control sessions at the Senate,...
The Spanish Deputy Minister for Treasury, Carlos Ocaña (by M. Codolar)

18 January 2011 11:56 PM

Catalan Government feels “strong” after the Spanish State’s threat to intervene in Catalonia’s budget

In an interview with the Financial Times this weekend, the Prime Minister Zapatero threatened to intervene in some Autonomous Communities’ budgets. Today the Spanish Secretary for Economic Affairs reiterated this threat. However the Catalan...

12 January 2011 11:06 PM

The Mediterranean railway corridor, linking Algeciras with Stockholm, must be a European priority

Politicians and businessmen from Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia and Andalucía participated today in an event pushing for the so called Mediterranean Railway Corridor for freight and passengers. They push the European Union to declare it a European...
Francesc Homs, the Government's Spokesperson, explained the decision (by P. Francesch)

11 January 2011 10:35 PM

The next Catalan Government’s budget for 2011 will be “clearly smaller” than last year’s

The new Catalan Government announced today that the budget for 2011 (currently the 2010 has been extended) will be ready within the next 4 months and approved before the summer break. The Government’s Spokesperson, Francesc Homs, said that for...
The Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister, Trinidad Jiménez in Brussels (by R. Correa)

11 January 2011 10:21 PM

Spain will recognise South Sudan’s independence, but not Kosovo's

If South Sudan citizens finally vote for independence, the Spanish Government will respect it and recognise their independence. However, the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trinidad Jiménez, announced that Spain would not review...

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