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    On November 20th, Spanish citizens will elect the new members of the Spanish Parliament, which will then elect the new Prime Minister. In this special dossier we compile the most related news.

Francesc Homs: Artur Mas' right hand in the Government (by P. Mateos)

31.12.10 - 15:16

Francesc Homs: from the party’s ‘bone’ to the Government’s ‘bone’

Francesc Homs is Artur Mas’ right-hand man in the CiU leadership and the director of the last elections’ programme. Homs is the CiU’s policy developer and now he will coordinate the new Catalan Government. Homs will continue being Mas’...
Josep Lluís Cleries arriving this morning at the Ministry's headquarters (by B. Cazorla)

30.12.10 - 23:24

Josep Lluís Cleries: from managing scouts and volunteers to Social Welfare and Family policies

The new Catalan Minister for Social Welfare and Family was the CiU’s representative in the Catalan Parliament for this portfolio for the seven years in which the CiU was in the opposition. He comes from the scout and volunteering world, in which...
Josep Maria Pelegrí, in his new office (by B. Cels)

30.12.10 - 22:38

Josep Maria Pelegrí: the Secretary General of the Christian Democrats now in charge of Agriculture, Fishing and Biodiversity

Pelegrí has already been a Minister of the Catalan Government, but for Public Administration (2002-2003). Now, Pelegrí becomes the new Catalan Minister for Agriculture, Stockbreeding, Fishing and Environment. In his early years in politics, in...
The President Artur Mas and the Government's Secretary, Germà Gordó (by D. Alonso)

29.12.10 - 22:09

The new Catalan Government takes office

The Vice President and the Ministers of the new Catalan Government were sworn into office at noon. The first Government meeting took place just afterwards to appoint most of the Deputy Ministers. In the afternoon, the former Vice President and...
Germà Gordó: the new Government Secretary (by CiU)

31.12.10 - 15:02

Germà Gordó: the right-hand man in the shadow

The new Secretary of the Government was the party’s CFO and one of Artur Mas’ most trusted collaborators. As his duties were internal, Gordó was not a well-known figure. However, his role in the party was essential, as it will in the new...
Irene Rigau during a press conference in the Catalan Parliament (by P. Francesch)

30.12.10 - 23:00

Irene Rigau: a veteran politician and teacher in charge of Education

The new Catalan Minister for Education was the CiU’s manager of this portfolio for seven years, while the party was not in power. She has experience, both as a primary school and university teacher. Over the last 30 years, she has held several...
Francesc Xavier Mena taking his new office (by D. Alonso)

29.12.10 - 23:23

Francesc Xavier Mena: ESADE professor now driving Catalan Businesses & Employment

The new Minister for Business and Employment is an independent, expert in Managerial Economics and austerity measures. He was the Director of ESADE Business School’s Economics Department (1992-2000), where he was teaching until now. He has a PhD...
Andreu Mas-Colell, in charge of the Catalan Economy, the Government's budget and universities (by ACN)

28.12.10 - 23:43

Andreu Mas-Colell, an internationally recognised economist leading Catalan economy’s recovery

Mas-Colell was a professor at Berkeley and Harvard universities. Most recently, he chaired the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and was a professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is a specialist in microeconomics and some of his...
Boi Ruiz, this morning in his new office (by O. Burgada)

30.12.10 - 23:40

Boi Ruiz: from directing the private health sector to managing the Health Ministry

The new Catalan Minister for Health comes from the private sector and he is an independent. As the Chair of the Catalan Union of Hospitals, the health business-owners association, he proposed to pay for some service in public hospitals. His main...
Ferran Mascarell in his new office (by E. Rosanas)

30.12.10 - 22:51

Ferran Mascarell: Socialist returns to the Ministry he headed 4 years ago

Artur Mas hired one of his former political adversaries for the top position at the Ministry of Culture. Ferran Mascarell also held this position in 2006, in the left-wing government coalition. Now, he comes back with a centre-right executive....
An eletoral image of Lluís Recoder (by CiU)

29.12.10 - 23:18

Lluís Recoder, CiU’s top mayor, now in charge of Infrastructure, Transport and Housing

The new Catalan Minister for Territory and Sustainability was the former Mayor of Sant Cugat del Vallès, a middle-to-upper class residential city next to Barcelona. Recoder represents the most social-democratic and least identity-centred...
Felip Puig, the new Minister for Home Affairs (by ACN)

28.12.10 - 23:39

Felip Puig: from party discipline to Catalonia’s security

Puig is the new Home Affairs Minister, famous for his rough style. He is a survivor of the Pujol Governments, in which he held several posts, such as Spokesperson and Minister for Public Works. This civil engineer with a Bachelors degree in...
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