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Elena Salgado and other members of the Spanish Government (front row) before the start of the FFPC meeting (by M.J. Fidalgo)

28 April 2011 07:06 PM

The Spanish Government concludes that there will be no money from the Competitiveness Fund in 2011

Elena Salgado, the Spanish Vice President for Finance, wanted to end the debate and discarded transferring the 1.45 billion euros from the fund in 2011. This is the amount asked for by the Catalan Government. The Catalan Minister for Finance has...
Carlos Ocaña at today's press conference in Madrid (by M.J. Fidalgo)

27 April 2011 12:43 AM

The Catalan and Spanish Governments disagree again over the 1.45 billion euros in the Competitiveness Fund

The Catalan Government received 3.2 billion euros last week from retail bonds, 0.5 billion euros more than the initial quantity released on the market. In addition, it will have to issue more debt and it needs the agreed money transfers from the...
L'Hospitalet del Llobregat's City Hall (by ACN)

27 April 2011 12:31 AM

Extreme-Right in bid to obtain support within greater Barcelona area

Xenophobic parties such as ‘Plataforma per Catalunya’ and ‘Vía Democrática’ are growing in the Left-Wing bastions near the Catalan capital. They are still very marginal but for the first time they could win some seats in Barcelona neighbouring towns.
The ballots of the consultation process (by O. Campuzano)

15 April 2011 02:12 PM

Catalonia’s independence: the Catalan Parliament says “no” and the popular consultation process says “yes”

The Catalan Parliament rejected a law proposal on Catalonia’s independence three days after the popular consultation process on the issue ended with a clear “yes”. This civil society voting was not an official referendum and it was not...
A protest from a doctors union in front of the Catalan Minister of Health (by L. Vilaró)

14 April 2011 03:48 AM

Professionals of the public healthcare system protest across Catalonia

The Catalan Government is cutting the Healthcare System’s expenditure by 10% because the public deficit needs to be drastically reduced this year. Health professionals started protesting last week because they fear a worsening of services and...
2.7 billion euros of Catalan bonds are on sale (by ACN)

12 April 2011 01:58 AM

The Catalan Government issues 2,700 million euros in retail bonds to generate cash

In order to attain liquidity and taking into account the difficulties getting money from the international markets, the Catalan Government is selling 2.7 billion euros worth of treasury bonds. These will be bought by citizens at bank branches....
The Vice President Joana Ortega speaking before the Catalan Parliament's Committee (by M. Fernández Noguera)

08 April 2011 02:12 PM

The Catalan Government will not open delegations in Mexico, China and Morocco for the moment

The budget austerity measures and the reduction of the public deficit have forced the restructuring of the Catalan Government’s offices abroad and have also impeded the opening of new ones. The Catalan Vice President Joana Ortega explained these...
Mariano Rajoy (right) with Alícia Sánchez-Camacho (left) at the Catalan Parliament (by ACN)

07 April 2011 01:48 AM

Rajoy claims that Zapatero should pay the Catalan Government 1.35 billion euros from the Competitiveness Fund

The leader of the Conservative and Spanish Nationalist People’s Party visited the Catalan Parliament today. There, he supported the Catalan Government’s claim and asked Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero to fulfil his legal obligations towards...
Andreu Mas-Colell (right) and Artur Mas (centre) at the press conference after the Cabinet meeting (by X. Alsinet)

06 April 2011 02:31 AM

The Catalan Government practically eliminates the Inheritance Tax for close relatives, which means 102 million euros less in 2012

In the last elections, the elimination of the tax was one of the main promises of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition, Convergència i Unió (CiU), which controls the Catalan Government. From January 1st 2011, first and second degree...
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