Jordi Hereu, the mayor of Barcelona has dropped to 4.1 points from 5 in a municipal poll carried out every six months (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The vote, which is conducted by the Ayuntamiento every six months revealed that the mayor and his party, Partit dels Socialistes (PSC) have slipped in the estimation of the 800 citizens polled in June. The survey is conducted in order to find out the concerns of the people of Barcelona and to gauge to political landscape. The CiU party and their leader Xavier Trias gained a 5.2 measure of approval. The poll also asks the citizens their voting intentions and the PSC party obtained their worst figures on record, gaining only 10.7 percent of the vote compared to 18.1 percent for the CiU. Assumpta Escarp, the deputy mayor of the town council, who presented the results yesterday acknowledged that they represent a "crisis" in the PSC party. She went on to say that "the Diagonal consultation showed that we had been moving away from the concerns of citizens and that we must concentrate on improving city services. But it hasn't only been this, the economic adjustment measures also weigh negatively on the mayor." Hereu blamed the fall in the voting intentions for the party on both "external and internal elements. Clearly the barometer is all a warning." Ricard Goma from the ICV party obtained a rating of 4.3, Jordi Portabella of the ERC party gained 4.7 points. Hereu was only behind, Alberto Fernández Díaz who also gained a low rating of 3.4.
The PP party is seeking to render the Catalan ban on bullfighting as invalid as they move to have Congress declare that bullfighting is of general cultural interest (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The vote to ban bullfighting in Catalunya was won with 68 votes in favour, 55 against and 9 abstentions, which means that the ban will come into place in 2012, which makes Catalunya the second autonomous state the second to ban the tradition after the Canary Islands banned it in 1991. The PP party have already warned that they will try and overturn the ruling in the constitutional court. The abolitionist have assumed that this is but one small battle in a long war that includes enforcing the law until the ban comes into place on January 1st, 2012. They will devote their efforts in assisting and advising all associations who want to promote the ban in other communities. The historic decision taken yesterday, has increased the debate in public, with supporters, abolitionists gathered outside parliament where Carod was greeted with cries of "dictator, dictator," whilst the arrival of Montilla was dominated by whistles.
Some of the leading wind-power energy companies have been looking at Catalunya to create and operate wind farms in seven areas of Catalunya (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). 13 companies have already declared that will be fighting for the contract, which is the biggest boost to date for the wind energy business in Catalunya. Among the major global operators that have confirmed their participation are the Catalan company Acciona, which is looking to operate eight of the wind farms with a potential capacity of 336 megawatts, in the area of Segarra, Conca de Barberà and Terra Alta. The competition has also attracted the interest of the current president of La Seda de Barcelona, José Luis Morlanes, who has partnered with the Madrid renewable energy company, Ibereólica, to make Ibereólica Catalunya. Many of the companies, particularly those from Spain have opted to join forces in order to bid in the competition with more chance of success. The government will tomorrow spend three months to review projects and select winners. The committees will be advised on legal aspects, by the law firm Roca Junyent, whilst the company Garrad Hassan Ibérica, will advise on the technical evaluation of projects and the firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers will assist on socioeconomic impact of the parks.