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Martin Schulz is welcomed by the European Parliament's plenary meeting in Strasbourg (by Jean-Marc Loos / Reuters)

17 January 2012 01:42 PM

The new President of the European Parliament will allow MEPs to address the plenary in Catalan

Despite being the 13th most widely spoken language in the European Union, Catalan is not an official EU language. Special agreements have been signed with all EU bodies to allow for the minimum use of Catalan; however, the European Parliament,...
The night shift leaving Can Brians 1 prison after working more than 24h in a row (by M. Martí)

13 January 2012 11:26 PM

Catalan prisons besieged by public employees protesting over working conditions

Prison employee unions and the Catalan Government, which manages all prisons in Catalonia, have carried an arm wrestling over the past few weeks. Trade unions have been impeding access to some Catalan prisons on three occasions: in early December...
A CaixaBank employee shows how the new payment method works (by T. Parada)

13 January 2012 01:17 AM

Barcelona will become the first European city with the contactless payment system installed

CaixaBank and Visa Europe will begin installing the system enabling “contactless payments” to be made throughout Barcelona. The system consists of paying for goods valued at less than €20 by passing a special credit card in front of a...
Barcelona will improve the cleaning of its streets (by P. Mateu)

10 January 2012 08:56 PM

Barcelona to improve street cleaning

Barcelona City Council launched a plan to improve street cleaning. The plan aims to change the perception of residents and visitors of the city by fostering street irrigation, better waste collection and increasing the frequency of cleaning teams,...
Catalan language is getting new speakers (by ACN)

23 December 2011 09:54 PM

10 million people now speak Catalan and demand the same rights as other European languages

The Status Report on the Catalan Language 2010 shows an increase in the Catalan speaking population over the past ten years. This places Catalan on the list of the hundred most spoken languages in the world with 10 million speakers. However, the...
An image of the top part of Les Rambles, near Catalunya Square (by O. Campuzano)

21 December 2011 07:49 PM

Barcelona City Council plans a facelift for Les Rambles

Barcelona’s famous central artery and main tourist street will undergo a major transformation due to the degradation experienced over the last number of years. Barcelona City Council has decided to make Les Rambles an appealing location and...
Two of the doctors from the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital during the surgery (by Sant Joan de Déu / ACN)

16 December 2011 07:17 PM

Catalan doctors help a patient become the first woman in the world with no ovaries to get pregnant

Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Greater Barcelona has become the first facility in the world to assist a woman who lost her two ovaries to get pregnant. A decade ago she had to have her ovaries completely removed because of two tumours. Ovarian...
The website of the Universitat de Barcelona, which is Spain's top research university (by UB / ACN)

13 December 2011 09:32 PM

Catalan research institutions’ excellence is internationally recognised

Catalonia is fast becoming an international reference point in research projects thanks mainly to a large number of articles being produced and exchange initiatives with other countries being set up. Catalan research centres, especially medical...
A caption of the device, which looks like a belt (by J. Polinario)

02 December 2011 11:18 PM

Catalan scientists develop the first device to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in real time

The Parkinson symptoms detector device will help patients fight the degenerative disease and improve their quality of life. The system, partly created by Catalan researchers, now needs to be tested on four volunteer patients from around Catalonia....
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