• 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

Parc Taulí Hospital in Sabadell, 30 kilometres Northfrom Barcleona (by ACN)

13.09.16 - 18:22

First confirmed infantile death from enterovirus in Catalonia

The first fatal victim of enterovirus has been confirmed this Tuesday in Catalonia. The victim was a baby who had been admitted to Parc Taulí Hospital in Sabadell, suffering from flu and vomiting followed by...

Ophthalmologist Joaquim Barraquer with the Government representative Joan Rangel in a picture from 2010 (by ACN)

26.08.16 - 16:24

Ophthalmologist Joaquim Barraquer dies at 89

He was the director of the prestigious ophthalmologist clinic Barraquer in Barcelona, founded in 1947 by his father and world-renowned doctor Ignasi Barraquer. Joaquim Barraquer was Professor of Eye Surgery at the Universitat Autònoma de...
Police officer addressing the passengers inside a train (by ACN)

04.08.16 - 18:18

Spanish and French police join forces in an effort to patrol High-Speed Trains

The terrorist attacks in Paris in November last year unleashed a wave of police checks throughout the continent, especially along the French border near Girona. It is suspected that criminals have given up using cars to transport illegal goods...

Police controls at Pertús, close to Catalonia's French border (by ACN)

15.07.16 - 18:35

Catalan Police to reinforce anti-terrorist controls after Nice attack

Catalonia will keep the terrorist threat level at 4 out of 5 but extra security measures will be put in place. Thus, ‘Mossos d’Esquadra’ will dedicate 30% of their resources to fighting terrorist threats, as they are currently...

High level robotics machinery at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron Hospital (by ACN)

08.09.16 - 19:47

Catalan high-tech exports grow by 19.4%

Catalan exports of high-technology industrial products grew by 19.4% in the second trimester of the year in comparison to the same period in 2015. In total, these exports were worth €8 billion, according to a report published by the...

Artist's impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri (by ESO)

25.08.16 - 12:05

International team led by Catalan scientist discovers an Earth-like planet

Proxima b orbits within what is considered to be a habitable zone of the star Proxima Centauri. The temperature on the surface of the rocky planet could allow the presence of liquid water, according to the research, developed at the Queen Mary...
Secretary for Public Health, Joan Guix, explains the case of the first baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly together with Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron Hospital's doctors (by ACN)

25.07.16 - 18:55

First baby with Zika-linked microcephaly in Europe born in Catalonia

Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital has seen the first birth in Europe of a baby with Zika-linked microcephaly. The new-born was born this Monday with a “low” cranial perimeter and has been hospitalised in a...

Image of an appearance of Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont (ACN)

15.07.16 - 12:08

Puigdemont on Nice terrorist attack: “France’s mourning is also Catalonia’s”

The terrorist attack which killed 84 people on Thursday night in the French coastal city of Nice, while thousands were celebrating Bastille Day on the streets, has been responded to with international condolences. “Today we want to add...

Students from Germany with their own single-seater car in Montmeló (by L.Busquets)

29.08.16 - 11:22

Engineering students compete in Montmeló with their own single-seater race car

Up to 1,750 students from all around the world worked throughout the year on the design and construction of single-seater racing cars that performed on the famous Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday. Formula Student Spain was held in Montmeló to allow...
A boat of refugees about the reach the Greek coast (by Doctors Without Borders)

05.08.16 - 14:31

Catalan volunteers to bring dignity to Vasilika refugee camp in Greece

Two months after the Greek Police evicted the self-managed refugee camp at Eko Station, which hosted 1,800 people at a motorway petrol station 20 kilometres south of Idomeni, a group of Catalan volunteers aim to...

A firefighter extinguishing part of the wildfire which the village of Vallbona de les Monges, this Wednesday (by ACN)

20.07.16 - 16:04

86 wildfires hit Catalonia simultaneously

The Catalan government has set the maximum alert level for forest fires’ risk in 30 regions, most of them in central Catalonia, due to the high temperatures registered in the last few days, which exceeded 40 degrees in some areas. On...

Catalan MEPs and members of the Platform for the Defence of the Ebro Delta (PDE) at the European Parliament (by ACN)

13.07.16 - 20:00

European Parliament urges Spain to stop Ebro basin plan after MEP assessment on the ground

The European Parliament (EP) approved this Wednesday the assessment presented by a delegation of MEPs who visited the Ebro Delta on the 8th of February. In their report, the MEPs focused on the “lack of ecological...

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