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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...
Ana Pastor visited on Monday the Barcelona Port Authority (by E. Romagosa)

06 March 2012 12:13 AM

Barcelona Port affected by a lack of investment from the Spanish Government

The enlargement of Barcelona Port, where Hutchison’s new container terminal will be located, was supposed to be linked by International-width standard railway to Central Europe and be better connected by road. However, the Spanish Minister for...
Andreu Mas-Colell (left) and Cristóbal Montoro (right) at the last Fiscal and Financial Policy Council (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

05 March 2012 11:31 PM

Every party in Catalonia, including the PP, asks for more proportional deficit targets in 2012

There has been a unanimous call in Catalonia for greater flexibility of the deficit objectives applied to the Autonomous Communities for the current year. Every political party in Catalonia, including the People’s Party (PP), has asked the...
Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announcing the new deficit target in Brussels (by A. Málaga Homs)

02 March 2012 10:38 PM

The Spanish Government sets new deficit targets without agreement from neither the EU nor the Autonomous Communities

The Catalan Government considers the Spanish Government to be “disloyal” for unilaterally setting the new deficit objectives and for not allowing the same degree of flexibility to the autonomous communities, who manage all basic services. The...
A branch of the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) (by O. Campuzano)

02 March 2012 10:36 PM

Unemployment in Catalonia rose by 1.38% in February, the smallest increase for the month since 2008

Unemployment has reached a new historical record in Catalonia, with 641,948 people being signed on. These figures mean that 8,738 more people were out of work in February compared to January. In Spain as a whole unemployment increased by 112,269...

01 March 2012 09:42 PM

Neelie Kroes: “Silicon Valley is a very good example”, although “Barcelona needs to find its own model”

ACN interviewed Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda. Her “dream” would be to reach a European Union single market for mobile phone and internet services. “It is not normal” that when...
A press ad announcing some months ago the Catalan Government's retail bonds (by ACN)

27 February 2012 11:18 PM

Catalan Government to issue retail bonds again

Residents in Catalonia will be able to buy treasury bonds from the Catalan Government in April for the fourth time since 2010. The money will be used for interest repayments, in May, of a former bonds auction. The exact interest rate or the...
The CMT headquarters in Barcelona's 22@ District (by X. Alsinet)

24 February 2012 11:34 PM

Spanish Government centralises all regulatory bodies to foster market harmonisation

With the measure, Barcelona will no longer host the headquarters of the Spanish Authority regulating the Telecommunications Market (CMT). However, the Catalan capital could still host a delegation of the new body, considering the presence of...
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