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A pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona this last Christmas (by ACN)

23 January 2013 06:35 PM

The Barcelona Bar Association claims that self-determination is an inalienable right of Catalonia

The association’s People’s Rights Commission defends the celebration of a referendum and the unilateral independence declaration if the Spanish Government insists in not allowing a citizen vote on the issue. While is it true that the current...
From left to right: Andreu Mas-Colell, Artur Mas and Francesc Homs, presenting the Catalan Government's budget liquidation (ACN)

22 January 2013 11:15 PM

The Catalan Government would have had a deficit of 1.53% without the Spanish Government’s “disloyalty”

If the Spanish Government had honoured its legal commitments and did not “centrifuge the deficit” towards the Autonomous Communities, the Catalan Government would have ended 2012 with a deficit of 1.53%, according to the Catalan Finance...
A European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg (by European Parliament)

16 January 2013 11:35 PM

The European Parliament asks for the deficit targets to be split “in a fair way” among government levels

The Spanish Government is keeping most of the 4.5% public deficit allowed to the entire Spanish public sector in 2013 for itself, despite managing only 50% of the total public spending. It has allowed itself a 3.8% deficit while it has imposed a...
The Constitutional Court halts Catalonia’s drug prescription fee, bank deposit tax and judicial fees (by ACN)

16 January 2013 12:09 AM

The Constitutional Court halts Catalonia’s drug prescription fee, bank deposit tax and judicial fees

The Constitutional Court has accepted the Spanish Government’s appeal against three measures adopted by the Catalan Executive to reduce its deficit, some of them negotiated last spring with the People’s Party (PP). The Spanish Government,...
The Catalan Government's Spokesperson and Ministry for the Presidency, Francesc Homs (by O. Campuzano)

08 January 2013 11:54 PM

The Catalan Finance Ministry has been restructured in order to develop Catalonia’s own treasury

The Catalan Government has created a Treasury Secretariat within its Finance Ministry, which will be in charge of managing revenue, with the objective of developing Catalonia’s own tax office. The creation of a treasury of its own would allow...
The first AVE train connecting Barcelona, Girona and Figueres (by J. Pujolar)

08 January 2013 11:17 PM

The last High Speed railway stretch between Barcelona and France has finally been unveiled after years of delays

The Spanish Government has finally finished the construction work and circulation tests on the last 131-kilometre stretch of railroad to France. Barcelona, Girona and Figueres are now linked by High Speed Train, although a direct connection...
Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

28 December 2012 09:49 PM

Rajoy accepts the Catalan President’s offer to talk but rejects any modification of the 0.7% deficit target for 2013

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has accepted the offer sent by the new Catalan President to talk about Catalonia’s claims, while keeping them “always within the Constitution”. Furthermore, he has rejected the possibility of...
Group photo fo the new Catalan Government (by P. Francesch)

27 December 2012 11:04 PM

A more political Catalan Government takes office with half of the ministers to continue in the same position

The President of the Catalan Government has formed a new Cabinet with more political weight controlled by some of the people closest to him, such as Francesc Homs and Germà Gordó, who have been promoted. Half of the previous ministers will...
Artur Mas and Núria de Gispert toasting with cava after the swearing-in ceremony (by M. Belmez)

24 December 2012 08:49 PM

Mas asks Spain to not put Catalonia’s self-determination “behind bars” when swearing office

Artur Mas, leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), has sworn the oath as President of the Catalan Government again, two years after he did it for the first time. After swearing office, Mas delivered a long speech in which...
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