The Generalitat has published a map on the internet showing the 237 mass graves present in Catalunya (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The website makes available online the location of all 237 mass graves from the Civil War and it allows you to find victims by name. The Memorial Democrático, an institution of the Generalitat which is responsible for promoting historical memory launched the website yesterday (www.fossesirepressio.cat). The map, which works with a Google Maps application allows you to trace the documented graves over the whole of Catalunya and allows users to obtain all the known information on the graves. Josep Vendrell, secretary for Institutional Relations and Participation at the Generalitat said of the site, "It is a useful tool to find out the reality of the graves. It not only allows people to know what happened to the missing but also to see the history." The Memorial Democrático started research seven years ago, allowing classification of the graves and a total of 88 were found using official documents, burial records and other sources. The remainder, classified as 'very likely' were located thanks to witness testimonies and historical data. Since the passing of the law, in 2009, over the location and identification of missing persons during the Civil War and dictatorship, the Generalitat has found more than 600 remains. The site also offers a tool for users to inform the Generalitat of the location of other graves and the site will be constantly updated. A state map, which hasn't yet been put online indexes a total of 2,052 graves.
Owners of tourist rental apartments must have a municipal license and neighbours can veto the presence of the businesses in their apartment buildings (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). According to a decree approved yesterday, the ayuntamiento will now have the capacity to inspect rental apartments and is intended to regulate flats transferred to third parties for stays less than three months. It is part of the 2008 Ley del Derecho a la Vivienda. The Federación Catalana de Apartamentos Turísticos (Federatur) have already said they will be appeal the decree in the coming days and have expressed their displeasure saying that there is already effective regulations in place. The law, was drafted by the Departamento de Innovación, Universidades y Empresa, which, according to the Generalitat, will give greater legal certainty and security for both owners and users of the flats. The new rule also means that all owners must provide a contact telephone number, make assurances to maintain the flat and make hojas de reclamación (complaint forms) available. The decree also ensures a cessation of activity will occur if there is no license and fines of €30,000 to €90,000 will be imposed for those who market flats without a license. The law, comes after seven years of meetings and successive drafts, however, Lluís Torrent, president of Federatur said "We are not against regulation, everyone must be properly registered but this can not be passed onto local councils, who have no means to act." There are an estimated 350,000 - 400,000 apartments for tourist use and owners have one year to obtain the license.
Only one in ten members of the company boards in the Ibex 35 are female (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). In 2007, a recommendation that companies in the Ibex 35 should include women on their boards was made in order to achieve the longed for equality and so that the percentage between males and females would become between 40 percent and 60 percent. The deadline for achieving this objective is 2015, although predictions now estimate that only 18 percent of board members in the Ibex will be women by that time. A study reveals that the rate at which women are entering the business as decisions-makers does not represent even 20 percent. A study indicates that from August 31st, the number of female board members reached 54, of a total of 500 positions, representing just 10.8 percent. However this is the highest percentage in Spanish history and just six years ago that figure stood at just 3.4 percent. The average in countries such as the UK, France and Germany is between 10 and 13 percent. After the Equality Law was passed in 2008, there was a raised awareness in Spanish flagship companies and the following year, the number of directors increased by 14, although this was short lived as the following year only six women joined the boards of directors and so far in 2010 there has been only four. The only countries that stand out in comparison are Norway (42 percent), Sweden (27 percent) and Finland (24 percent). Norway is the only country where equality is an actual reality and this is due to a law passed in 2003 which means that if quotas for women in power were not met then drastic sanctions are imposed.