Parliament have overwhelmingly approved a rule that includes the obligation to dub or subtitle in Catalan 50 percent of foreign films (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The ruling is part of the controversial ley de la Conselleria de Cultura and was heatedly opposed by the industry, distributors and exhibitors, however, at noon yesterday, the parliament voted in a landslide victory, with 117 votes in favour and 17 against the ruling. Joan Manuel Treserras, the councilman behind the bill has been elaborating on the benefits of the law for months and said "It is not acceptable to say that there is no market. Respect for the interests of the sector must be reconciled with the rights of citizens and the public interest." Jordi Cuminal, of the CiU also spoke of his support for the law and for the national cause, "CiU never fails in areas of the country" he said. Responses also came from Josep Maria Balcells from the socialist sector who said "No previous government dared to make this law." Leader of the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya party said "This bill will make Catalan cinema a spearhead of our culture," he went on to say that he had come to feel a stranger in his own country. In the speeches of Rafael Lopez (PP) and Albert Rivera (Grupo Mixto) also spoke of language and speech but concentrated on their habitual argument on the monopoly of the Catalan language in the education system but questioned further that the law how the law was debated two days after the TC ruling where the label 'preferential' was erased from the Estatut in terms of the Catalan language.
This afternoon FC Barça will welcome in a new president and board (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Sandro Rosell, who won the elections on June 13th with the most votes in the history of Barça, will take office as president today in an inauguration taking place at the Masia. In a measure of austerity there will be no big speeches and the event is to be held outdoors at the request of Sandro. Before the ceremony, the outgoing board and the new board will have a last meeting to finish closing the transfer folder. It will be the last day for Joan Laporta, who won 67 titles with the team over the seven years and eight days he was head of the side. Rosell has promised to remain on the sidelines during the 15 days of cohabitation and has promised to work in silence and not advertise his intentions. The renewal of Pep Guardiola is the most urgent issue to be discussed and the president announced that he wanted Pep to be the only coach. Also on the cards is the signing of Cesc Fabregas and the need to clarify the future of Yaya Toure, Henry and Márquez. Jordi Bartomeu, who was responsible for the basketball section of the club will be the new vice president, Javier Bordas, Jordi Mestre, Jordi Mones and Joan Blade will also be part of the board. The economic side of the board will be headed up by Jordi Moix, Manel Arroyo, Silvio Elias, Joan Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Susana Monje, who will be the first treasurer in the history of Barcelona.
The Brandery urban fashion fair closed with more than double the visitors from last year (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The show, born from the departure of Bread & Butter began last year, was visited by 15,000 people, 57 percent more than last summer's fair and 4 percent more than in winter. The third edition boasted 215 exhibitors all showing their spring/summer 2011 collections. Trends spotted include short trousers, dresses, balloon skirts, puffed sleeves and overalls with the common thread of femininity. Almost all of the exhibitors showed womens wear, with key fabrics including gauze and lace. The colour-scheme was a sober range of beige, gray, white, black and green. As well as national brands such as Custo and Sita Murt, there was also a high presence of international brands like Le Coq Sportif. Carlos Sagalés, director of the brand Custo Barcelona said "We are here to be an increasingly international fair."
Also in the news: FGC reaches minimal service on the second day of strike (read full article in Catalan, El Punt) "I want to preserve the Catalan identity and unity of Spain, Says Jimmy Carter on his visit to Barcelona (read interview in full, in Castilian, here, El Periodico).