Fèlix Millet, the former president of Barcelona’s Palau de la Música, has admitted that he took over €3 million from the entity (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). In a written confession presented to the court investigating the matter, Millet said that he and his partner and former Administrative Director Jordi Montull had passed private expenses of €1.8 million through the accounts of the Fundació Orfeó—Palau de la Música, as well as attempting to sell it a private property, although the funds for this transaction were not received before police intervened. Millet has deposited €1.8 million euros with the court to partly “cover the damage done”.
The leader of Catalan political party Convergencia i Unió, Artur Más, has announced that his party won’t support any future tax increases and instead called for a reduction in income tax (IRPF) for low-earners (article in Castilian, El Periodico). This move comes in response to recent news that the central Spanish government is exploring ways to cover its current economic shortfall, with tax rises looking like a probable measure. As well as reducing IRPF for those with low income, CiU wants other taxes to be reduced such as inheritance and donations. The CiU proposal signals that Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will not have the parliamentary support of the party for any tax rises it tries to pass and will thus have to seek votes from left-wing parties and the Basque Nationalist Party, PNV.
The left-wing independence party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) has proposed following in the footsteps of Catalan town Arenys de Munt and hold a public consultation on the subject of Catalan independence (article in Catalan, Avui). The Arenys de Munt vote, which was organised by private entities and took place last Sunday, saw on overwhelming 96 percent of those who voted say they were in favour of Catalan independence. There has been a wave of other towns saying that they want to stage a similar vote, which has no legal implications but is highly symbolic to those on both sides of the debate regarding the status of Catalunya. More than 60 towns have expressed interest in holding a vote, and yesterday Jordi Portabella, the leader of ERC’s municipal group in Barcelona, speaking at a conference at the Ateneu Barcelona, said that he supported a public consultation on the subject.
Also in the news: Barcelona hospital creates new way to deal with malaria (La Vanguardia); Despite dominating possession, Barça only manage scoreless draw against Inter (El Periodico)