Following the announcement yesterday of the Generalitat's plan to provide financial assistance (€2,000) to people who want to buy a car, differences of opinion have emerged about the merits of the proposal (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The Catalan Minister of the Environment, Francesc Baltasar, has stated that the measures should be available only for the purchase of cars that contain technology to restrict the production of CO2 emissions.
A televised debate between the PP and PSOE candidates for the European parliamentary elections, Jaime Mayor Oreja and Juan Fernando López Aguilar, saw the two men focus on Spanish issues rather than wider European themes (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Mayor Orega is already an MEP (eurodiputado) and is deemed to have come across as the stronger of the two candidates in the discussion, which took in subjects that often see the right and left take opposing bases, such as language and abortion.
As a result of the controversial charge that the Catalan police (Mossos d'Esquadra) made against student protestors in March, the local security force is investigating the possibility of filming such actions in the future (article in Catalan, Avui). The scheme would involve filming anti-riot charges as they happen and transmitting the images back to a central control room, making it possible for officers there to identify those behind the disturbances.