• 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)

    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. The text, which is to be approved at the next group meeting between May 8 and May 17 in Geneva and officially published in September, confirms that a vast majority of the United Nations’ demands presented to Spain in 2013 “are still pending”. “Regretfully, there have not been any changes,” said the head of the mission to Spain, Ariel Dulitzky, in an interview with CNA. Indeed, the only improvements the UN experts have observed are at the regional level. “In Catalonia we have already seen some advancements, which have continued after our visit. When taking into account the Spanish government’s inactivity, the initiatives at an autonomic level are even more relevant,” underlined Dulitzky in the interview with the Catalan News Agency. Over the last several months, the Generalitat has launched a program of identification and opening of mass graves, and another program on genetic identification of the remains, aimed at helping families find their loved ones.

Society & Science

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...

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’...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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