Hereu and Rigol to resume regular meetings about the final stage of the Sagrada Familía (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Jordi Hereu, mayor of Barcelona announced, in an initial meeting that he wished to improve relations between himself and Joan Rigol, president of the board of the Sagrada Familía. Working off the back of the successful papal visit and the passing of the AVE tunnel without any consequences, Hereu announced that he wanted to resume meetings and both men agreed that this next stretch of work will be chaired in future in close cooperation. Rigol revealed that he was relieved by the success of the drilling but insisted that "the risk is not over" and that they must remain attentive to the impact of the subsoil and vibrations caused when the high speed trains begin to run. Despite remaining disputes over the legality and license requirements, both men agreed that the global appeal of Barcelona and ultimately the Sagrada Familía have to go hand in hand. Rigol said of Hereu "he's my mayor". Rigol insisted that the cathedral is the most important tourism attraction of the city.
A worker on the Metro has been given three months suspended pay after causing panic with a terrorist joke (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). A Metro employee who played a joke on a train driver colleague by saying there was a bomb on the train has been penalised with three months suspended pay, the second most severe disciplinary action before being fired. Mitigating factors such as employee history, apology and repentance were taken into consideration before he was suspended for 15 days for the misuse of internal communication systems. The prank occurred on November 2nd on Linea 1 of the Metro, metres outside Navas station. The passengers on the train heard on the speakers a person, with an Arabic accent, say "This is a bomb attack". 30 seconds later the passengers then heard over the speakers the driver asking his work colleague to stop being an idiot.
Zapatero says that the green economy will generate one million jobs over the next 10 years in Spain (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Speaking at the G-20 summit in Seoul, Zapatero said that Spain's two main ecological challenges are to reduce energy dependence and the level of emisisons. The president said that in 2020 Spain will have one million jobs through renewable energy, eco-industry, transport and sustainable building. With regards to the ambitious targets proposed by the European Union over energy policies he said "it is a landmark agreement for our country and should be, if we succeed, a good model for all OECD countries and will bring important benefits in terms of regulatory stability, promote investment and provide a boost to new technology and innovation to the entire system. After participating in a business forum, Zapatero moved on to the National Assembly where he was participating in a meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, which he co-chairs. In his speech, which was scheduled for after UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the president ensured that Spain will continue its contributions to fight against poverty despite the crisis, saying "We will not desist, we will not stop this fight. It has to be a century of peace and has to be in favour of the most disadvantaged."