• ICO's oncologist, Doctor Joaquim Bosch (by ACN)

    Catalans abroad get access to health services in Catalonia

    Catalans living abroad will have access to medical care through a new medical card whenever they travel home. Such was the agreement reached this Monday between Catalonia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, the Health Department, the Department for Labour and Social Affairs, and the Department for Culture. This new medical card will be valid for two months and could be extended with proper justification. Those eligible for the card must apply for it and then activate it while in Catalonia, either by calling 061 or going to their corresponding health clinic. The agreement will also allow Catalans living abroad to access services related to the culture and youth services. Catalonia’s Minister for Health, Toni Comín, explained that this agreement covers what the law for universal access to health care will guarantee once it is passed by the Parliament.

Society & Science

Family picture of the volunteers and associations launching the campaign 'Our Home, Your Home' on the 29th of November 2016 (by ACN).

13.02.17 - 12:37

Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi hosts massive concert in aid of refugees

More than 15,000 people attended the concert ‘Our home, your home’ which is part of the homonymous campaign aimed to emphasise Catalonia’s willingness to welcome refugees. 50 artists of different origins and musical...

Two firefighters during a wildfire in Catalonia (by ACN)

31.01.17 - 14:53

Catalan firefighters praised as an “international example” at the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

The Home Affairs Minister, Jordi Jané, praised on Tuesday the hard work of the brave men and women of the firefighter corps in Catalonia. In his speech at the opening of the 14th edition of the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, organised...
Students of the High School Lluís Vives in Barcelona doing a test (by ACN)

20.12.16 - 18:48

Spain announces a “national Erasmus” to “foster territorial cohesion”

The Spanish Minister for Health, Social Services and Equality, Dolors Montserrat, proposed this Tuesday during her appearance before the Commission of Health of the Spanish Parliament the creation of “Erasmus scholarships at a national...

Leader of the IRB ‘Cancer and Stem cells’ team, Salvador Aznar Benitah and researcher Gloria Pascual, at their laboratory in Barcelona (by ACN)

08.12.16 - 18:52

Catalan scientists discover that saturated fat fuels the spread of cancer

A group of scientists from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) at the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology have identified a population of oral tumour cells which may feast on fats to spread throughout the body...

Two 'Guardia Civil' officers this morning at BIMSa headquarters, in Barcelona (by ACN)

02.02.17 - 12:34

18 businessmen and former CDC representatives arrested for alleged irregular funding of the party

The Spanish Guardia Civil searched this Thursday the headquarters of three Catalan companies, the Barcelona Port Authority, Infrastructures.cat and Barcelona Infrastructures (BIMSA) as part of ‘Operation Pika’ which is investigating...

A rental flat in Barcelona (by ACN)

20.01.17 - 14:20

Catalonia to set recommended rental price to avoid new housing bubble

Barcelona has the highest rent prices in Spain, with an average of 17.36 euros per square metre in the Catalan capital’s old town. In fact, 6 of the 10 most expensive cities for renting are in Catalonia, including Gavà, Sant Cugat, Sitges,...
Catalan astronomer, Guillem Anglada-Escudé, at his office during an interview with CNA (by ACN)

19.12.16 - 18:20

'Nature' includes Catalan astronomer Guillem Anglada-Escudé amongst 10 best scientists of 2016

‘Nature’s 10’, the annual list which distinguishes the year’s best scientists according to the journal, has included Catalan astronomer, Guillem Anglada-Escudé amongst its names. The researcher at Queen Mary...

For the first time, in 2015 PISA tests were computer-based (by ACN)

06.12.16 - 14:59

Catalan pupils score above Spain, EU and OECD average in PISA tests

The latest PISA survey shows that pupils in Catalonia have performed above the Spanish, European Union and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average in all subjects for the first time since the report series was...

Coimbra's University Professor, Domingo Xavier Viegas, was granted the Wildland Fire Safety Award, given by the  International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) from the USA (by ACN)

01.02.17 - 12:53

Coimbra University professor Domingo Xavier Viegas receives International Wildland Fire Safety Award at international summit in Barcelona

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) from the USA recognised on Tuesday Coimbra University professor Domingo Xavier Viegas’ contribution to wildland firefighter safety and granted him the Wildland Fire Safety Award....

Appartment block in Barcelona's Meridiana Avenue (by ACN)

18.01.17 - 18:44

Barcelona has the highest rents in Spain

The annual report from real estate agency ‘Fotocasa’ revealed that in 2016 Barcelona topped the ranking of rent prices in the whole of Spain. The high levels of tourism and the rotation of those professionals who work for...

Two women working in a laboratory in Catalonia (by ACN)

14.12.16 - 18:57

Catalan projects receive 42% of European Research Council grants to Spain

42% of the grants the European Research Council (ERC) gave on Wednesday to researchers in Spain will benefit Catalan academics. Specifically, ten of the 24 scholarship holders are working in Catalonia: three belong to the Pompeu Fabra...

The Greek MEP Kostas Chrysogonos speaks with the CNA in the European Parliament in Brussels (by ACN)

01.12.16 - 19:50

European Parliament calls for compensation for citizens affected by disasters such as the Castor Project

The European Parliament passed this Thursday a text, promoted by the Greek MEP Kostas Chrysogonos, which explicitly reports the Castor case and the thousand earthquakes suffered by the locals in Valencia and Catalonia’s Ebro Delta....

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