Madrid moves to block independence consultation
The Consejo del Estado, the Government advisory body, will appeal the November 9th independence consultation on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. The consultation was originally planned as a referendum, but was changed to a non-binding 'consulta' after much opposition from Madrid. The cabinet is likely to approve the appeal today.
Barcelona's rental market slows down
After years of growth, it seems that the city's rental market has finally slowed down. Since the beginning of the 'crisis' rental prices have fallen and the number of contracts signed each year has grown consistently. This has been due to the paralysis of the real estate market - many people rented out properties that they were not able to let. Many of these properties have now been taken off the rental market as the sale market recuperates.
Palau Güell opens for free
The Palau Güell will open for free every Sunday afternoon until January to celebrate its 30 years as a World Heritage site. The free tickets will be available at the ticket office on the same day from 2.15pm to 4.30pm until they run out.
Biggest WiFi network in Europe
The Ajuntament is beginning a trial period for GuaiFi, a new, free wifi connection. The trial will involve a handful of establishments. The project will then be rolled out gradually, eventually reaching over 12,000 establishments, making it the biggest city network in European.
9,000 euro fines for illegal tourist apartments
Inspectors discovered 170 illegal tourist flats in the Barceloneta between August 25th-October 2nd. There are currently just 70 licensed apartments in Barceloneta. Owners operating without a licence have been ordered to stop and fined 9,000 euros.