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Joaquim Nadal, PSC's leader at the Catalan Parliament, talks with Artur Mas, future President of the Catalan Government (by ACN)

22 December 2010 09:36 PM

The PSC will facilitate Mas' investiture tomorrow

Artur Mas will become the 129th Catalan President tomorrow. The Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) will facilitate the investiture of the leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU). PSC and CiU agreed that the Socialist would...
Artur Mas voting on his own investiture (by O. Campuzano)

21 December 2010 10:23 PM

Artur Mas will have to wait 2 more days to become the next Catalan President

The Catalan Parliament voted on Artur Mas’ investiture today, but an absolute majority was needed. Mas only received the 62 votes of his group MPs. The other 6 parties voted “no”. The next voting will be on Thursday, the 23rd of December,...
Artur Mas during his investiture speech before the Catalan Parliament (by O. Campuzano)

20 December 2010 09:53 PM

Mas promises a “business friendly” Government, “open to dialog, transparent and with cohesion”

Mas affirmed the beginning of a “national transition” towards the right of Catalans to decide on their own future. A new economic agreement with Spain is a priority in this direction. In addition, the new Catalan President will implement an...

16 December 2010 10:45 PM

The Catalan Parliament kicked off its 9th term by electing Bureau

As expected, Núria de Gispert became the first woman to chair the Catalan Parliament, which has its origins in the 13th Century and is one of the oldest Parliaments in the world. The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) holds 4 of the...

14 December 2010 11:14 PM

Renfe to continue operating Catalonia’s short-distance and regional trains in 2011

The Catalan Government approved the continued operation of short distance trains in the Barcelona metropolitan area and regional trains within Catalonia by the public Spanish train operator Renfe. Short-distance trains have been a responsibility...
Artur Mas (at the front) with Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida during today's press conference (by P. Mateos)

10 December 2010 10:25 PM

Some light shed on the new Catalan Government: Duran i Lleida to stay in Madrid

The second most important person within the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition, Convergència i Unió (CiU), will not form part of the new Catalan Government. Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida will remain in Madrid as the CiU’s spokesperson in...

07 December 2010 09:32 PM

Spanish Government says there won't be more air strikes during Christmas

Zapatero's government justifies the decision to declare the state of alert and guarantees that the Christmas holidays will not suffer any disruptions. However, passengers face new threats as ground staff considers taking industrial action against...

03 December 2010 12:10 PM

The Union for the Mediterranean cannot function without the Member States commitment, states its Secretary General

In an interview with ACN, Ahmad Masa’deh affirms that the UfM should work aside the Middle East political conflict and focus on economic and social projects. The Euro-Mediterranean Summit has been postponed twice this year and most of the Member...
The entrance to the UfM headquarters, in the Palace of Pedralbes (by M. Fernández)

03 December 2010 12:02 PM

The Union for the Mediterranean budget drops by 60% and Member State experts have not yet been sent in

The organisation’s headquarters in Barcelona are half-empty with only 25 people currently working. The Arab-Israeli conflict is stopping the UfM's set up and the start of projects. The Secretary General of the UfM states that the organisation's...
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