A report commissioned by the new management of the Palau de la Música Catalana has found that Felix Millet could have taken up to €31 million from the organisation over 10 years (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). This included some €2.7 million that were taken from the Consorci del Palau, which is made up of public organisations and hence implies that the former president of the Palau and his accomplices could have embezzled public funds. The final figure that Millet stole could end up being even higher, as it doesn’t include possible fraud regarding the restoration works carried out on the building of the concert-hall or an earlier extension; another report is being prepared on these matters. The auditing company Deloitte presented the results of its investigation yesterday, which was commissioned in July, although it admitted that some of the amounts that it computed could have been included twice, which means that it could be some time before the true extent of Millet’s crime is known. Once the report is finalised and approved, it will be presented to the judge overseeing the fraud case.
The EU delegation taking part in the Barcelona conference on climate change this week has insinuated that it is unlikely that next month’s Copenhagen summit will create a firm agreement (article in Catalan, Avui). Following similar comments by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barraoso, in Washington on Tuesday, the EU spokesman at the Barcelona event, Artur Runge-Metzger, said “there are many voices suggesting that there isn’t sufficient time to reach a binding agreement at Copenhagen.” The lack of definition in the proposals from industrialised nations and resulting protests on the matter from various African nations have added to the pessimism hanging over the Barcelona conference, which finishes tomorrow.
Catalan ski resorts have invested €18 million into making themselves more competitive (article in Castilian, El Periodico). In the face of competition from slopes in Andorra and the neighbouring autonomous community of Aragon, as well as fears over the impact that the crisis could have this season, some resorts have spent this amount of money on buying and installing new ski lifts, while investment will also be made to improve slopes and remodel buildings, which could see the final figure spent even higher. Last year saw the longest ski season in Catalan history, lasting just over six months from the beginning of November—this year hasn’t started so promisingly, but the first resort, Masella, is due to open on November 14th, Vaquèira Beret on the 28th, with the rest waiting until the December bank holiday weekend starting on the 5th to open their doors.
Also in the news: First woman commissioner at the Catalan police (El Periodico); Cristiano Ronaldo may miss Barça clash (La Vanguardia); Jordi Pujol speaks out against politicians only interested in power (La Vanguardia); Girona bishop voices opposition to popular vote on Catalan independence (Avui)