• 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).

29.11.16 - 19:03

More than 200 associations come together to promote Catalonia as 'home' for refugees

“Catalonia has always been a welcoming land”. This is the leitmotiv of the campaign launched today by 200 Catalan associations and NGOs and a hundred cultural companies and citizens. The initiative ‘Our home, your home’...

Picture of the flat were the 81-ýears-old woman was living in Reus, after the fire (by ACN)

15.11.16 - 18:52

Government may fine Gas Natural over death of old woman allegedly due to energy poverty

The Catalan Government may sanction the energy company Gas Natural Fenosa over the death of an 81-year-old woman, who died on Sunday night in a fire at her home in Reus. All evidence points to the victim, whose energy supply was cut off two...

Closed stand of the Mediterranean Games in Tarrgona (by ACN)

07.11.16 - 18:53

Tarragona Mediterranean Games will have to wait until 2018

On the 15th of October 2011 the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) chose Tarragona as the city to host the Games in 2017. In this way Tarragona, in southern Catalonia, culminated its quest for the event, dating back to...

Empty desks at Badalona’s City Hall (by ACN)

11.10.16 - 19:49

Judge prohibits Badalona City Hall from working on Spain’s National Day

Administrative Court Number 14 of Barcelona has prohibited Badalona City Hall from opening any municipal offices on Spain’s National Day, this Wednesday the 12th of October. The municipal government of Badalona announced...

A nurse at the Hospital Vall d'Hebron (Barcelona) takes a sample of buccal mucosa to the daughter of a disappeared during the Spanish Civil War (by ACN)

25.11.16 - 17:07

Catalonia begins DNA testing to identify Spanish Civil War victims

80 years after the Spanish Civil War broke out, there are still 4,912 missing victims and more than 5,000 families continue to search for their relatives. The Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona has started to perform genetic tests on relatives...

A group of teenagers in a workshop at the American Space Barcelona (by US Consulate General in Barcelona)

14.11.16 - 18:32

Barcelona opens space to promote intercultural exchange with the United States

Since this Monday Barcelona forms part of the global network of cities that boast an American Space, a place to promote cultural exchange with the United Sates. The Ignasi Iglésias-Can Fabra library inaugurated this morning a centre...

Catalan MEPs, Josep Maria Terricabras (ERC), Ramon Tremosa (PDECat) and Ernest Urtasun (ICV)

27.10.16 - 19:41

Overturning of bullfighting ban in Catalonia outrages 37 MEPs from different parties and countries

The possibility that bullfighting could return to Catalonia by imposition of the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) has outraged 37 MEPs from five different parties. The signatories of a joint declaration, promoted by Catalan Eco-Socialist ICV...

Emblem of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Spain's highest judicial institution (by ACN)

10.10.16 - 14:33

Council of Europe warns Spain over violation of its recommendations on judicial independence

Spain is failing in transparency and judicial independence. According to the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (Greco), the Spanish Government has not satisfactorily applied any of the...

The Catalan Secretary for Immigration, Oriol Amorós, in a press conference the 16th of November 2016 (by ACN)

16.11.16 - 18:29

Government to grant asylum to ten Kurdish migrants found in lorry

Ten Kurdish people from Iran were found this morning hidden in a lorry in Lliçà d’Amunt, a village 30 kilometres from Barcelona, during a delivery route. According to the Catalan Secretary for Equality, Migration and...

Demonstrators in the streets of Barcelona with posters against bullfights on the 22nd of October 2016 (by ACN).

09.11.16 - 19:32

Spanish Government cannot impose return of bullfighting on Catalonia, say dissenting magistrates

Bullfighting was effectively banned in Catalonia in 2012, after a Parliament Act was approved in 2010. On 20th of October last, however, the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) annulled the prohibition. Eight of the eleven magistrates at the TC...

Image of the statue of Franco lying on the esplanade of 'El Born' Cultural Centre this Friday 20th of October 2016 (by ACN)

21.10.16 - 14:40

Barcelona dismantles Franco exhibition after sculpture of dictator pulled down

Barcelona’s City Hall had to dismantle the exhibition ‘Franco-Victory-Republic: impunity and urban space’after the equestrian sculpture of dictator Francisco Franco was...

Catalan Minister for Public Administration and Housing, Meritxell Borràs, during a press conference (by ACN)

04.10.16 - 18:44

Government evades Spanish Court suspension and passes anti-eviction law

The Catalan bill oriented toward avoiding evictions and facilitating mediation when the families involved are at social risk has been modified in order to dodge the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) suspension. The Catalan Government...

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