budget stability

The Catalan Government will have its deficit limited to 0.14% by 2018

May 11, 2012 12:20 AM | CNA / Aleix Moldes

The Catalan Parliament has approved Catalonia’s Law of Budget Stability, which is more restrictive than its Spanish equivalent. The Catalan law reduces the adaptation time set in Spanish law by 2 years. Furthermore, it sets a 0% deficit for 2020. The law has been approved with the votes of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), which runs the Catalan Government, and the Conservative People’s Party (PP), which runs the Spanish Executive. Left-Wing parties have voted against the measure; according to them it follows the “0% deficit dogma” and forgets about “necessary” social spending.

CiU and the PP reach a final agreement to approve the Catalan Budget

February 14, 2012 11:49 PM | CNA / Gaspar Pericay Coll

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), which controls the Catalan Government, and the People’s Party (PP), the third political party in Catalonia’s Parliament, have agreed to reduce some of the fees from the original proposal, reduce the number of public companies, build new schools and community health centres, and allocate more money to municipalities and victims of terrorism. Furthermore, the agreement goes beyond the budget and foresees the development of laws and plans to foster employment, entrepreneurship and a spending limitation. CiU has denied that it has a “stable agreement” with the PP for the entire term. The PP has demonstrated its new central role in Catalan politics. Every opposition party has criticised the agreement.

The Autonomies and the Spanish Government agree on a set of measures to guarantee the deficit commitment and liquidity

January 17, 2012 11:48 PM | CNA / Gaspar Pericay Coll

The Spanish Government stressed that no Autonomous Government will be left disappointed if they have a “responsible” attitude and have an austerity plan in place. However, those failing these measures could be intervened the same way “the European Union” has done with countries such as Greece and Ireland, but without “having their powers taken away”, clarified the Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro. The Autonomous Community governments have renewed their 1.3% deficit objective for 2012 and the Spanish Government has offered additional tools to raise funds and solve liquidity issues. The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, has met bilaterally with Montoro to foster cooperation and discuss the Catalan Government’s claims about the €2.2 billion the Spanish Government owes Catalonia.

The Spanish Government threatens to financially asphyxiate the Autonomies that do not meet the deficit objective

January 11, 2012 10:12 PM | CNA

The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro, announced that the Central Government might heavily fine the governments of Autonomous Communities that do not meet the deficit objective. Montoro, from the People’s Party (PP), met with the regional governments run by his party to prepare a common position on the issue. On the same day, the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) gave its support to the Spanish’s Government decree to cut public spending and increase taxes, announced at the end of December.

Spanish Prime Minister proposes a constitutional amendment to include deficit and debt limitations for all public administrations

August 23, 2011 11:16 PM | CNA / Gaspar Pericay Coll

Main Catalan forces share the need to control public spending and balance public finances but many fear the proposed measure could be used to trim Catalonia’s self-governance. In this line, the Catalan Government’s spokesperson asked Catalan parties to frontally oppose to any measure limiting fiscal autonomy. However, other Catalan politicians are open to discussion but “want to look at the small print”. Furthermore, the Spanish Parliament also approved the fiscal measures announced last week, by which the State will save around 5,000 million euros this year.