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Luís de Guindos, recently in Brussels (by A. Màlaga Homs)

28 March 2012 01:36 AM

The Catalan Government supports creating ‘hispanobonds’, Autonomy bonds with a Spanish Government guarantee

The Spanish Minister for the Economy, Luís de Guindos, announced in Barcelona the future creation of the so-called ‘hispanobonds’, common bonds issued by the Autonomous Communities and backed by the Spanish Treasury. The objective is to...
The new party Chairman, Artur Mas (right), and the new Secretary General, Oriol Pujol (centre) (by R. Segura)

27 March 2012 12:35 AM

The main Catalan nationalist party points towards Catalonia’s independence

‘Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya’ (CDC), the Liberal force within the two-party Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition ‘Convergència i Unió’ (CiU), held its party congress over the weekend. For the first time in its history,...
One-year bonds wil have a 4.5% interest rate and two-year bonds, a 5% (by ACN)

22 March 2012 11:54 PM

The Catalan Government to issue €2 billion in one and two year retail bonds

The Catalan Government has been issuing retail bonds over the last two years as a regular way of financing its liquidity. All the previous issues have been a success, with high demand. Between April 2nd and April 24th Catalan citizens will be able...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas (left), with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz (right) (by J. Bedmar)

21 March 2012 11:58 PM

Schulz tells Mas he will “work hard” to permit the use of Catalan at the European Parliament

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, met with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, in Brussels. Mas told the press that Schulz had stated he would “work hard” to enable the use of Catalan at plenary sessions....
The union representatives from UGT, CCOO and IAC (by E. Romagosa)

16 March 2012 09:33 PM

The Catalan Government plans to modify the working conditions of 45,000 public employees

The Catalan Government has drafted a plan regarding public employees for the 2012-2014 period. The aim is to reduce public spending in order to meet the deficit targets by reorganising civil servants, including their working conditions. The plan...
The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, leaving the Catalan Parliament after a debate (by M. Fernández Noguera)

15 March 2012 10:46 PM

Catalan Government to earn €300 million from new taxes in 2013

The Catalan Ministry of Finance has confirmed the figures released on Thursday by the party running Catalonia’s Government. The drug prescription fee would add €180 million to the budget, and will also save money due to its dissuasive impact....
The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, presenting the 'fiscal balances' (by J. R. Torné)

13 March 2012 09:57 PM

Catalonia has transferred 8% of its GDP every year since 1986 for services and investments in the rest of Spain

In 2009, Catalonia financed € 16.41 billion of services and investments in the rest of Spain, which represents 8.4% of Catalonia’s GDP. According to the Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, out of every euro paid by Catalan citizens...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, announcing the measure at the Generalitat Palace (by P. Mateos)

12 March 2012 11:46 PM

Catalan President announces a 5% cut in public salaries to meet 2012 deficit targets

The Catalan Government had already approved a 3% reduction of public salaries during the current year, which will now be increased to 5%. However, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, explained that the measure would be cancelled if...
Cristóbal Monto (left) and Antonio Beteta (right) (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

06 March 2012 10:48 PM

The Spanish Government refuses Catalonia’s petition to internally split the deficit target more proportionally

“Absurd, useless, dreadful, and inopportune” is what Spain’s Finance Minister thinks about the Catalan Government’s proposal to internally split the 5.8% deficit target for 2012 more proportionally. The Catalan Government has asked for the...
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