• Munté criticizes Spain’s “lack of responses” and insists referendum will be held

    Catalan Government Spokeswoman, Neus Munté, complained about the Spanish Government's “gross ignorance” of the reality of the situation in Catalonia and considered its “lack of responses” to be the reason why Catalans are calling for a referendum on independence. “We are here as a result of the Spanish Government’s lack of responses and its lack of a project for Catalonia,” said Munté, lamenting Spain’s repeated refusal to negotiate on a referendum. The Catalan Government spokeswoman also emphasized the need to "set the date and the question of the referendum". She made these statements on Monday, after attending the cross-party meeting to assess Spain’s refusal to negotiate a referendum with Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont.

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Catalan President, José Montilla in the institutional speech reacting to the sentence and delivered this evening

29.06.10 - 03:33

Catalan elite, angry with the sentence, reivindicate the Statute of Autonomy approved in the referendum

President Montilla disagrees with the sentence but accepts it. However, he states that he is ?infuriated? with the sentence and asks for a citizen demonstration and a reflected political reaction. The Spanish Government flags the sentence as a...
CiU's spokesperson in the Spanish Parliament, Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida

22.06.10 - 21:43

Labour Market Reform to be approved thanks to the abstention of the People?s Party and Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Party

This afternoon the Spanish Parliament will vote on the labour market reform approved by Zapatero?s Government last Wednesday. The reform already entered into force but it can be modified or blocked today by the Parliament. Last Thursday, the...
Spain's Constitutional Court to decide on Catalonia's present and future, as well as on Spain's political model

21.06.10 - 16:26

Catalonia?s autonomy may be significantly cut this week

Spanish Constitutional Court may finally decide this week on the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. More than three years after its approval via referendum, the Catalan supreme law may be cut by a court dominated by conservative and Spanish nationalist...
Trade union leaders at the recent demonstration in Madrid against public employees' wage cuts

17.06.10 - 21:33

First major demonstration against labour reform measures set for June 30th

Catalan trade unions send out opening salvo in protest against government policy on run up to European general strike on September 29th
The Spanish Constitutional Court and a copy of the Catalan Statute of Autonomy

29.06.10 - 01:29

The Spanish Constitutional Court shortens the current Catalan Statute of Autonomy

The expected sentence on the top Catalan law has finally arrived, via a sentence voted in blocks. The sentence dilutes national symbols, the use of the Catalan language, powers relating to Justice, and guarantees on financial transfers

22.06.10 - 17:55

Fourth round of independence consultations

47 Catalan municipalities invited their citizens to take part in the popular referendums. More than 580,000 Catalans have taken part in these non-legally binding acts held for the first time last December
The National Council of the PSC met on Saturday

21.06.10 - 03:07

Montilla criticises the ?ashamed independence project? of the opposition party CiU

The President of the Catalan Government, José Montilla, accuses opposition leader Artur Mas of being a ?separatist ashamed to say so? and shows distrust of those who offer "magic recipes" to solve the economic crisis.
Spanish Labour Minister, Celestion Corbacho, and Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega at the start

17.06.10 - 01:20

Labour market reform approved

The Spanish Government has finally issued today the highly expected reform of the labour market. Companies will be able to fire employees after paying 33 days of compensation, from which the State will pay 8.
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zukang

25.06.10 - 16:29

Catalan President José Montilla chairs the presentation of the United Nations Public Service Awards

The Declaration of Barcelona on Good Governance Practices and Transparency has been issued. It aims to foster and better explain the participation of citizens in political processes.
Minister of Interior, Institutional Relations and Participation, Joan Saura

21.06.10 - 19:20

United Nations conference in Barcelona to promote greater citizen participation and good governance

400 international experts in e-government will present the Declaration of Barcelona on Good Governance Practices and Transparency next Wednesday.
Artur Mas, leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Party (CiU) at an event today

17.06.10 - 22:30

Leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Party ensures Spanish Labour Market Reform

Prime Minister Zapatero needs the votes from other parties to pass his Labour Market reform. Artur Mas, President of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Party (CiU) has affirmed today that his party will not block the reform in the Spanish...
The leaders of the two main Spanish trade unions, Cándido Méndez from UGT and Ignacio Fernández Toxo from CCOO

16.06.10 - 23:35

General Strike on the 29th September

The two main trade unions have announced a general strike against the job market reform planned by the Spanish Government. This reform has been discussed among the trade unions, business associations and the Spanish Government for more than 2 years.
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