The PSC and CiU strive to offer scholarships and work for the young and unemployed (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The two political parties have revealed plans to get the young and unemployed back into the labour market by either offering grants or loans or to offer contracts, initially without pay. Montserrat Tura, the regional minister for justice of the PSC party said of the large number of young out of work in Spain, yesterday "we must not resign, we must prevent it from being a lost generation." Plans revealed for those under 25 include a nine-month fellowship which will be aimed at those who have left school and to provide a salary for those under 30 whilst they undergo further training. Whilst the CiU party have emphasized that their goal is to secure apprenticeship contracts in order to get the young into the labour market. Programme coordinator, Carles Agustí, said "Another option is to provide a stable part-time contract." However speaking out against the proposed plans, Joan Herrera, the candidate for ICV-EUiA questioned the ability of the parties to pay for such schemes saying, "What has to be said is how the candidates intend to finance such ideas". The PP party also joined the criticism with Alicia Sánchez-Camacho saying that Montilla is only now promising aid after leaving Catalunya 'ruined'.
Congress consider the reform of tobacco law and propose that smoking clubs will not have waiters (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Today, the final stage of the smoking ban will be forward to the Senate and will prohibit tobacco in bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. The health committee, chaired by Gaspar Llamazares, has put the finishing touches to the text in order for the ban to come into effect by January 2nd, 2011. One of the resolutions to be adopted is that smoking clubs, and places that have areas in which you can smoke will not be served by waiters in order to protect the health of these professions. Under the reform, people will only be allowed to smoke in designated spaces in psychiatric centres, prisons and nursing homes. No longer will you be allowed to smoke in hotels and nightlife venues. The National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking have argued that most of Europe have now banned smoking from indoor spaces, including hotels without incurring any problems to the sector. Disagreements still remain with regard to semi-open terraces, according to parliamentary sources, the problem is to agree on whether you can smoke when areas have a roof or closed sides. All these issues will be cleared today along with whether stop smoking programmes will be offered by the national health service or whether they will have to be financed by individuals. Health professionals and administrations vow to implement such programmes.
The PP leader, Alicia Sánchez-Camacho yesterday accused the governments of Jordi Pujol of giving Muslim immigration priority over Hispanic (read article in Catalan
, Avui). Sánchez-Camacho is basing this on that fact that, according to her statistics, 40 percent of current immigrants are of Muslim origin. The reaction of the CiU party was that of indignation, with Joseph M. Pelegrí, denying this "emphatically" and adding that "I do not know where Camacho was when we ruled," explaining that the PP party were spreading "populist lies" for electoral interest. Pelegrí reacted against the statement and deplored the attitude of the PP party's alarmist behaviour by saying, "They use immigration as an electoral weapon and also want to mix it with the national question." Alicia Sánchez-Camacho, also proposed a few days ago that they close the irregular immigrants census and send it to the police, which again received criticism from other parties. Furthermore the PP party are also under scrutiny after issuing leaflets, distributed in Badalona that claimed "We do not want Romanians" and controversially invited to Catalunya the MEP Maria Sanchez-Thérèse Schmid, from Sarkozy's political party, who ordered the expulsion of Romanian Roma - during the visit, Xavier García Albiol, councillor for Badalona claimed that they too had problems with Romanian Roma here in Catalunya.