Barcelona: a good city to study in
Barcelona's two public universities are both in the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the World University Rankings for 2014. This earns it 19th place in the top cities to study in, up from 24th place last year.
Financing for small businesses
The city will inject 22 million euros into small and medium sized companies in order to encourage companies to provide employment contracts to people over 40 with difficulties finding work. This forms part of the 'Barcelona se compromet' scheme.
Votes for a new Av. Icària
Today is the last day for Vila Olímpica residents to vote on three different projects to transform Avinguda Icária. The result will be made public on December 17th.
Barcelona granted ISO 37120 certificate
Barcelona is one of the first cities to be granted the ISO 37120 certificate by the World Council on City Data. Only nine cities obtained the maximum score, including Barcelona, London, Toronto and Dubai. 90 indicators were scored, and Barcelona was deemed outstanding for average lifespan (83 years) and usage of public transport.
Energy poverty on the rise
The price of energy has risen by 50% in Catalunya since 2007. Coupled with falling incomes, many families are unable to pay their bills and face having their electricity and gas cut off. The number of people affected in Catalunya has risen to 320,000.