• Mediterranean Railway Corridor

    The Mediterranean Railway Corridor, a key, long-awaited infrastructure

    The so-called Mediterranean Railway Corridor, a long-awaited piece of infrastructure which is set to transport freight and passengers non-stop from Gibraltar to Central Europe along the Mediterranean coastline, is one of the most representative examples of Spain’s lack of investment in Catalonia. Despite being essential not only for the Spanish economy but for the entire European economy as well, its construction has been repeatedly delayed. Even the European Commission has called for “cooperation between administrations” to implement the Corridor, which is regarded as a key infrastructure for Europe. Moreover, the delays in the construction of the Corridor are affecting private investment, the Catalan Government has warned. According to Catalan Minister for Planning and Sustainability, Josep Rull, the pending business investments are worth €300 million, of which €20 million corresponds to an investment from the German multinational Basf, which announced it will expand one of its plants in Tarragona.


A group of tourists walking along Portal de l'Angel in Barcelona (by ACN)

03.02.17 - 18:38

Catalonia, the region in Spain where international tourists spend the most

Tourists from outside of Spain spent 17,328 MEUR in Catalonia in 2016, which represents 3.7% more than in 2015. According to the Tourist Expenditure Poll (Egatur), published by the Spanish Statistics Institute, Catalonia achieved its best...

Freight traffic at Barcelona's Port (by ACN)

31.01.17 - 18:35

Record 2.2 million containers pass through the Port of Barcelona in 2016

The port of Barcelona closed last year with unprecedented figures. The transport of shipping containers rose by 14.5% with a record figure of 2.2 TEU containers handled. This according to the data presented on Tuesday by the Port President, Sixte...
Aerial shot of Valls' industrial park 'Palau del Reig', 15 kilometres north of Tarragona (by ACN)

04.01.17 - 18:32

IKEA to build new distribution centre for online purchases in Catalonia

Swedish multinational company IKEA will set up its distribution centre for online purchases in Valls, 15 kilometres north of Tarragona. The centre will not only supply the whole of the Spanish State but also Portugal and the South of France....

IMF's director, Christine Lagarde (by ACN)

13.12.16 - 18:40

IMF urges Spain to provide Autonomous Communities with “greater power to mobilise their own revenues”

Autonomous Communities in Spain should have “greater power to mobilise their own revenues”. This is one of the main pieces of advice the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gives in its monitoring report of the Spanish economy. The...

A man outside one of Catalonia's job centre (by ACN)

02.02.17 - 18:37

Unemployment in Catalonia rose by 278 people in January

The number of people unemployed and registered as such with the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) at the end of January increased by 278 people compared to December’s figures, a slight growth of 0.06%, according to data released...

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont during his first meeting with Current Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy (by ACN)

27.01.17 - 15:05

Rajoy rules out new fiscal deal for Catalonia

The Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy, is not going to offer a new fiscal deal to Catalonia similar to the one already enjoyed by the Basque Country and Navarre. In an interview with Spanish radio, Rajoy said that he is against such a deal because...
Image of a job centre in Catalonia (by ACN)

04.01.17 - 13:44

Unemployment falls by 62,023 in 2016, biggest decline since 2008

The number of people registered on the unemployment lists in Catalonia at the end of 2016 stood at 453,645, some 62,023 fewer than at the same time in 2015, according to the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security.This is the best...

Image of a petrol station (by ACN)

13.12.16 - 14:31

Prices rose by 0.3% in November, annual inflation 1%

The winter season in the clothing and footwear industry, as well as an increase in the price of electricity, led to a 0.3% increase in the price index during November in comparison to the previous month and brought the annual inflation rate...

'Vallfirest' chairman, Javier Baena, and one of his collaborator showing the new survival kit for firefighters (by ACN)

01.02.17 - 19:25

Catalan company develops enhanced self-protection kit for firefighters

Catalan company ‘Vallfirest’ has designed and exported worldwide a self-protection kit for firefighters which increases their safety. The equipment “exponentially increases firefighters’ chances of survival” when...

Airbus A380 about to take off at Barcelona's El Prat airport (by ACN)

11.01.17 - 18:40

New record for El Prat Airport: Over 44 million passengers in 2016

The number of passengers whom passed through Barcelona El Prat Airport in 2016 grew by 11.2% in comparison to the previous year and set a record 44.1 million passengers. According to the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) there were 307,864...

Catalan Vice President and Minister for Economy, Oriol Junqueras, presenting the Budget for 2017 to the Parliament (by ACN)

20.12.16 - 18:49

Budget for 2017 passes first hurdle but gets little support from CUP

The support of 2 MPs from radical left pro-independence CUP, the main partner of governing cross party 'Junts Pel Sï', allowed the budget for 2017 to overcome the appeals presented by the oppoistion groups in the...

Job Centre in Barcelona (by ACN)

02.12.16 - 18:47

Unemployment in Catalonia rises by 4,573 people in November

Unemployment in Catalonia increased by 4,573 people in November and reached 462,969 individuals registered on the lists of the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC). According to the data released by the Spanish Employment Ministry and Social...

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