Along with the governments of various other autonomous regions, including Madrid, the Generalitat has announced that it won't take part in the central government initiative to offer €1,500 to consumers for the purchase of a new car (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The Catalan Councillor of Innovation, Universities and Business, Josep Huguet, said that the Generalitat wouldn't participate until Zapatero's government had agreed on a fair financing package for the region.The idea was that the autonomous communities would contrbute part of the cost along with car manufacturers, who welcomed the move as an important boost to deal with flagging sales in the sector.
A power cut this morning caused chaos for rush hour travellers using the Renfe station at Plaça Catalunya (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Staff members had to set up a manual lighting system and security personnel were in place to ensure that no accidents took place in the dark.Surprisingly, however, Renfe spokespeople have told the media that the power cut had no effect on the running of train operations.
FC Barcelona-watch: Thousands of fans welcomed their team back from Valencia yesterday, bringing the Copa del Rei with them, the 25th in the club's history. Supporters lined the route from the airport to the football stadium to show their happiness and pride at the team's success in the first final of the season. It's hoped that this weekend will also see them seal their place at the top of the Spanish league, leaving them with just the Champions League final against Manchester United on May 27th.