Catalan opposition leader, Artur Mas, has announced that he will cut the salary of the president of the Generalitat (article in Castilian) if he wins power at the next election and the global crisis is still having effect. In a speech yesterday at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Mas said that the current government is not doing enough to lead by example in terms of austerity and sacrifice, but that that would change if he were to become the president of Catalunya. The next Generalitat elections will take place in late 2010.
The green zone that overlooks Barcelona, Collserola Park, is set to expand by 10 percent (article in Castilian) by the end of this year and be transformed officially into a natural park. The Generalitat has announced that it will lead a campaign to protect the park, starting with an initial investment of over €700,000 and taking care of the necessary steps to earn Collserola the name of 'parque natural'.
The Bishops Union of Spain (la Conferencia Episcopal) has launched a campaign against what it sees as the permissive attitude of the current Socialist government towards abortion (article in Castilian). With a poster that shows a baby next to a photo of an Iberian lynx and the slogan 'And me?...Protect my life'—suggesting that wildlife species are more cared for than humans—the bishops are calling on citizens to join their efforts to stop the reformation of the existing abortion laws of Spain that are planned.
Barcelona taxi drivers have offered to cut their rates (article in Castilian) in the face of falling numbers of clients. For the past seven years, the cost of a taxi ride has gone up each year more than the price of inflation and now, in an attempt to recover customers, the 12 main organisations of taxi drivers have proposed 24 ways to improve their efficiency. As a result, they say, if they are able to reduce their own costs, they will pass savings on to people who use their service.