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A reduction of the solidarity contribution to Spain by a third would leave Catalonia with no deficit

August 1, 2012 12:01 AM | CNA / Esther Romagosa / David Tuxworth

According to the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, if Catalonia continued contributing to Spain’s fiscal redistribution scheme but it did so to a lesser extent, Catalan public finances would have no deficit and Catalonia’s public debt would be much smaller. The Chamber reminded that Catalonia is giving 8.6% of its GDP each year to the rest of Spain in terms of solidarity, an amount that has no other equivalent in Europe. In addition, the Chamber emphasised that this contribution is “excessive” as basic services and infrastructures in Catalonia are not properly funded.

The European Parliament unanimously votes against Madrid-Barajas’ privileges to exclusively run intercontinental flights

February 2, 2012 09:44 PM | CNA

The Spanish Government has signed 23 bilateral agreements with other countries that fix Madrid Barajas as the only airport in Spain where their flights can operate. This discriminates against Barcelona El Prat Airport by not permitting it to have international and intercontinental connections. The European Parliament has unanimously approved an amendment presented by a Liberal Catalan Nationalist MEP from CiU.

Barcelona’s Chamber of Commerce “reinvents” itself and “leads the transformation” of these institutions in Spain

January 18, 2012 10:55 PM | CNA / Josep Ramon Torné

The President of Barcelona’s Chamber of Commerce hopes others will join them by adopting a model that combines both public and private cooperation to offer companies new services such as a fund of €2 billion for loans or access to a world network of 1,500 chambers of commerce. With this new model, the Chamber wants to leave the past two years of budget cuts behind, focus on the future, be more useful to its members and offer added value services.

Barcelona launches itself as one of the main gateways of Europe for Chinese business

October 20, 2011 10:48 PM | CNA / Esther Romagosa

More than thirty Chinese companies and investment agencies have visited Barcelona in search of business opportunities. The Catalan capital is a gateway to the European market for Asian companies, thanks to its sea port, airport, geographic location and a dynamic and well connected economy. In addition, Barcelona is also a leading centre in the Euro-Mediterranean Area.

Barcelona’s Chamber of Commerce denounces Spanish Government for not keeping to committed investments

October 6, 2010 11:40 PM | CNA

The Spanish Government is investing 2,000 million euros less than what it should according to current binding legislation, stated the President of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. The investment in Catalonia stands at 16.8% of the investment for the whole of Spain. 18.6% is the minimum investment fixed in the Catalan Statute of Autonomy, which has also been approved by the Spanish Parliament and is thus a binding law.