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Empty flats in Central Catalonia (by M. Martí)

15 July 2014 08:54 PM

Catalan Government finally approves tax on empty flats owned by financial institutions

The Catalan Government approved on Tuesday a measure to impose a tax on empty flats owned by financial institutions. The aim of the tax is to incentivise banks to rent out the empty homes. Santi Vila, the Catalan Minister for Planning and...

The Agricultural Science and Technology Park of Lleida (PCiTAL) (by ACN)

08 July 2014 05:35 PM

Lleida’s Scientific Park, the “agricultural innovation hub of Catalonia”, celebrates its 9th anniversary

The Agricultural Science and Technology Park of Lleida (PCiTAL) celebrated its 9th anniversary on Monday, and did so "reaffirming its commitment to the economic future of Lleida", according to the Mayor Àngel Ros. The park hosts some 111...
Catalan chef Ferran Adrià, with chef Joan Roca and actor Cesc Casanovas (by ACN)

30 June 2014 10:32 PM

Renowned Catalan chefs raise funds for children at the Grand Theatre of Liceu

On Sunday 29 June, a stellar cast performed 'Ferran Adrià and the factory of solidarity food', a comedy show which aimed to share the secrets of Catalan haute cuisine while raising money for the Casal dels Infants, a community centre for children...
The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales (by ACN)

30 June 2014 10:18 PM

Founder of Wikipedia: the online encyclopaedia "protects and expands knowledge" of Catalan

Speaking at the V Fórum Impulsa in Girona last Friday, the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, discussed how the online encyclopaedia "protects and expands knowledge" of Catalan. In fact, it was one of the first languages to launch articles on the...
The Catalan Minister of Planning and Sustainability, Santi Vila (by ACN)

28 June 2014 11:14 PM

Catalonia is among the top three European countries in the recycling of household waste

Catalonia is among the top three European countries in the recycling of household packaging, with about 220,000 tonnes collected in 2013, according to the CEO of Ecoembes, Oscar Martin. Speaking at the opening of the first ‘Congress of...
Spanish Minister of Education, José Ignacio Wert (by Congrés dels Diputats)

25 June 2014 05:51 PM

Madrid asks Catalonia to pay 6,057 euros for every pupil being privately educated in Spanish

The Spanish Government wants the Catalan Government to pay for the private tuition of students who request to be taught in Spanish but find no offer in the public system. The 6,057 figure is, according to the Spanish Minister of Education, Ignacio...
Foreign tourists in Catalonia (by ACN)

23 June 2014 06:56 PM

Tourism in Catalonia up by 2.3% in May

In the first five months of 2014, the number of foreign visitors increased by 8% to almost 5.5 million people. Catalonia is the autonomous community in Spain that attracts the most tourists, one in four of all foreign visitors to Spain. This is...
The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, at Catalonia's Parliament on Thursday (by R. Garrido)

12 June 2014 08:03 PM

Rajoy's main advisory body asks "to reconsider" obliging Catalonia to teach in Spanish in privately-owned schools

The State Council, which is the Spanish Government's main advisory body, on Thursday called on the Ministry of Education "to reconsider entirely" the decree with the Education Reform that obliges the Catalan Government to pay for the private...

The new Director General of the Mossos d'Esquadra, Albert Batlle, a few months ago (by ACN)

10 June 2014 08:59 PM

Catalan Police to be directed by a person associated with the opposition Socialist Party (PSC)

Albert Batlle, in charge of Catalonia's prison network during the former left-wing Cabinet (2003-2010), has been appointed the new Director General of the Catalan Police Force, called Mossos d'Esquadra. The Catalan Government, run by the...

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