16-Sep-22: 'Catalan could soon be accepted in European Parliament sessions'
Spain has requested that the European Parliament accept the use of Catalan in plenary sessions. This follows an agreement between Madrid and the Catalan government in their latest round of talks in July. Spain will pay the expenses to have Catalan, Basque and Galician in the European chamber if the proposal is accepted. The request does not include the three languages having full official status. Safeguarding Catalan in Spain and abroad was one of the agreements reached in the recent meeting between the executives in Barcelona and Madrid.
Around 40 flights were canceled at Barcelona airport as of 4.30pm due to the French air traffic controllers' strike. Transavia, Vueling, Ryanair, Iberia, and Air France are the airlines worst affected.
There was yet another chaotic morning on Catalonia's commuter train service today on the R2 line, south of Barcelona. After a few weeks of disruptions, Spain's transport minister apologized.
The same minister also presented today the future of Barcelona’s Sants train station. The event was interrupted by members of the tenants' union, who asked for rents to be frozen. Barcelona's mayor, who was taking part in the event, is in favor of this measure.
Thousands of people will gather in Terrassa's Vallparadís park this weekend for the third Catalan Vegan Fest. Organizers say it's the largest outdoor vegan festival in Europe.