• David Alegret during the opera performance in prison (by ACN)

    Pioneer project puts opera in prison

    The prestigious Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house and the Catalan government began a new joint opera project with Barcelona’s Quatre Camins prison this month. Two opera singers performed such well-known pieces as ‘The Barber of Seville’ and 'Romeo and Juliet” in front of 300 inmates on Thursday. Several workshops in the lead-up to the concert helped to create an open atmosphere of integration among the prisoners, forging connections between the prison workers and the inmates. The aim of this pioneer project is to bring culture to all social sectors and groups, especially those with difficult access to it, while providing inmates with positive life experiences.

Society & Science

The Spanish Health Minister, Dolors Montserrat (by ACN)

24.05.17 - 17:58

Independence “not an issue” in European Medicines Agency fight

The Spanish Minister of Health, Dolors Montserrat, defended on Wednesday that the current political debate in Catalonia, where the government plans to hold an independence referendum in autumn, does not damage Barcelona's candidacy to host the...
Image of a nuclear power station located in Ascó (by ACN)

18.05.17 - 09:44

New tax to provide 12 million euros to nuclear energy zones in Catalonia

The new nuclear plants tax, a tax on environmental risk, transport and handling, and safe-keeping of radiotoxic elements will provide 20% of the revenue in the Terres de l’Ebre and Camp de Tarragona, two areas in the...

Passengers at Barcelona El Prat airport (by ACN)

09.05.17 - 16:17

Long queues at Barcelona airport’s passport control due to Spanish police staff shortages

Passengers complained on social media networks on Monday about long queues once more at the Barcelona airport’s passport controls. Sources at the Catalan Department of Territory and Sustainability confirmed a 40–50 minute wait, almost twice as...
Catalan Minister for Health, Toni Comín, his Spanish homologue, Dolors Montserrat and Barcelona's Deputy Mayor, Jaume Collboni, presented in London Barcelona's candidature to host the EMA (by ACN)

02.05.17 - 21:51

European Medicine Agency employees prefer relocation to Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the cities which has presented a proposal to host the European Medicines Agency, which will have to relocate from London due to Brexit. Moreover, it is the preferred option of its nearly 900 employees, who say they will be...

Arthur Brooks giving a conference on "Populism and Human Dignity" in Barcelona (by CNA)

19.05.17 - 19:12

Independent Catalonia could have “resuscitation effect” on “struggling” Europe, says Arthur Brooks

The president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Arthur Brooks, explained in an interview with the CNA how the impact of an independent Catalonia on the European Union “could in a strange and paradoxical way have the greatest benefit...
Appartment block in Barcelona's Meridiana Avenue (by ACN)

16.05.17 - 17:12

EIB backs €125 million of financing for affordable housing in Barcelona

The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved on Tuesday a €125 million loan to the Council of Barcelona to build 2,198 affordable houses. The money will help to finance 23 promotions from all over the city and will cover 50% of...

Spanish police with the detained man accused of being part of DAESH cell (By Roger Segura)

08.05.17 - 16:36

Three detained in Catalonia and Tangier accused of being part of DAESH cell

The Spanish police has detained three suspected jihadists this Monday morning accused of being part of a DAESH cell in Badalona, Salou, and Tangier. In Catalonia the arrested are two men aged 21 and 32 of Moroccan nationality. In addition, with...
Sugary drinks are now taxed in Catalonia (by ACN)

02.05.17 - 18:58

Catalonia follows WHO advice with taxes on sugary drinks

Following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Generalitat has approved a new tax on sugary drinks, “because of the effects these drinks have on people’s health”. “Its principal aim is to encourage a change in consumption...
A high-school class in Catalonia (by M. Belmez)

19.05.17 - 08:59

Spanish Ministry of Education to investigate textbooks used in Catalonia

The Spanish Ministry for Education has requested a “detailed report” on the content of the textbooks used in Catalonia. The petition, processed as a matter of urgency, aims to analyze whether there is “partisan indoctrination” in the...
Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, visiting a refugees' camp at Halba, Lebanon (by Catalan Government)

15.05.17 - 13:49

Catalonia supports Lebanon's efforts to tackle refugee crisis

Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, traveled to Lebanon to assess the Catalan cooperation projects which are being carried out there. Indeed, the Government is involved with 17 projects in the country in cooperation with...

The CIE in Barcelona, Zona Franca (by Pol Solà)

08.05.17 - 16:12

NGO urges to shut down migrant detention center in Barcelona

The Migra Studium foundation calls for the closure of the Zona Franca detention centre and all similar detention centers for immigrants in Spain (CIE) because “they break Spanish immigration law”. The foundation’s annual report on the...
The Foreign Affairs Minister of Catalonia, Raül Romeva, during an event for the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (by Marta Lluvich)

28.04.17 - 21:33

UN critical about Spain’s inactivity on historical memory, sees progress in Catalonia

The upcoming report from the UN Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances reaffirms the lack of progress in Spain when it comes to historical memory, justice, search and identification of Spanish Civil war and Francoist dictatorship victims....
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