One year after the publication of photographs of prostitutes with their clients in the Boquería market, the Ajuntament has announced plans to close the market at night (read original article in Castellano here, El Pais). Stall holders had been asking for the closure since 2003 and are delighted that finally it will become reality. It will cost approximately 80,000 euros to fence the market. There will be eight points of access which residents and emergency services will be able to use with keys. The project should be completed by the end of this year.
Ryanair has demanded that AENA, the company that manages Spain's airports, lowers the taxes that Ryanair pays in Reus and Girona (read original article in Castellano here, El Pais). Ryanair is now also operating from Barcelona and has threatened to leave the regional airports if its demands are not met. The Generalitat isn't averse to reducing the taxes, particularly since Ryanair does not pay taxes in Lleida, where it also flies from. They would like to see AENA sacrifice a part of its income rather than have to increase public financing in order to ensure that Ryanair doesn't abandon those airports.
Two years of 'crisis' have taken their toll on small companies (read original article in Castellano here, El Periodico). The number of companies in Spain with more than one employee fell by more than 110,000 between January 2008 and January 2010, when it stood at 1,657,502. 18% of the companies that have closed down had one employee, 36% had between two and five employees, and 43% had between six and 50. Since January of this year there has been some recuperation, with the creation of 33,000 new companies. There has also been a decrease of over 75,000 in the number of people signed up as autónomos (registered self-employed). The only sector which did not lose affiliates was the hospitality industry. According to Lorenzo Amor of ATA (an association for self-employed people) these figures show that companies are still having serious problems and claims that labour reform will not take away the fear that companies have of contracting new employees.