The clash of viewpoints between the PSC and CiU parties over the content of the sought after joint resolution was evident yesterday (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The federación has demanded that the resolution include the themes that lead the demonstration on Saturday, namely, Som una nació and Nosaltres Decidim. In a press conference the CiU spokesman, Oriol Pujol, was confident that an agreement was possible whilst the PSC spokesman and deputy secretary, Miquel Iceta regretted the 'esoteric and ridiculous" nature of the debate and called for the president of Artur Mas, to raise constructive proposals to structure a unified position "without preconditions, strong language and reproduce the outlines for serious discussion." Pujol, however has called on the Government to be the leader in how to articulate the resolution. Today, the committee of experts are to deliver their conclusions on the TC ruling and Montilla will assemble the tripartite leaders and the CiU to express their positions, and this, according to Iceta, should be the place where they try to shape their unified stance in order to guarantee it at the special Parliamentary session scheduled on Friday. According to the Socialist leader, the new resolution should express the desire to regain integrity of the Estatut, the right to self-govern and highlight elements such as the Catalan national identity, language, culture, symbols and fair financing. The PP's parliamentary spokesperson, Dolors Montserrat ventured to say that in her opinion, the only solution is to obey the ruling and halt further discussions that will generate "false expectations." The ERC spokesperson, Anna Simó, has called for the practice of unity and is confident that the meeting will serve to seal this permanently.
Pep Guardiola, coach at Barça is to sign a contract for a further year (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Despite the extension it has been revealed that difficulties in the negotiation have impeded the signing for a longer term. At midday today, Pep Guardiola will sign a renewal of his contract as coach of Barça after 14 days of limbo making this his third year in the job. Returning from his holiday in Pescara, the coach from Santpedor will continue to be a presence on the bench for another year and on Monday will start his new term at work. The board of directors at Barça agreed in a meeting yesterday the basic parameters and essentials of the agreement which had already been verbally agreed to in January. The spokesman for the board, Toni Frexa declined to give details as "the contract is not signed yet." The board were keen to offer Guardiola a contract for six seasons as the board had thought he earned that trust due to his track record with the club, however Guardiola prefers to sign shorter contracts and Sandro Rosell, who joined at the same time as the negotiations came back with a second offer of two contracts in two years, whilst the board suggested he signed two plus one. None of these offers were taken up by Guardiola who eventually agreed to the extension he is to sign today. The directive, who announced the development on the football club website said of the news, "It is a very important contract and both parties have looked closely at the clauses, in addition, and it also coincided with the World Cup," noted Toni Freixa, who considered it "normal" to sign the contract only five days before begin the preseason.
66 percent of all RENFE stations in Barcelona are undergoing renovation works (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Essential work on the infrastructure of the RENFE system is being forgotten or is repeatable postponed, with projects, initiated years ago are starting to be noticed in the old network. The number of stations being worked on has reached 50 out of the 108 locations that Adif have in the area. Of those, after a lengthy process you can add the three station reforms taking place at the Passeig de Gràcia, El Clot-Aragó and Plaça de Catalunya. In just these three stations they invested €16 million to reform access and security. The delay that Adif is experiencing is even more remarkable when you compare that 70 percent of the stations in the metro and 90 percent of those of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat have already been completed. In the case of Passeig de Gràcia work is being undertaken to reform four lifts that are narrow and old, also to the old tunnels which they share with the metro lines, L2, L3 and L4. Whilst at Clot-Aragó, the last change in the project has meant that the start of the works can now be timetabled for the next coming weeks. This core of the work is on four lifts, five escalators and a ramp at a cost of €3 million and is thought to take around eight months. In addition they are to lift the platform and install bands of lights that will illuminate the limits. Finally, the work at Plaza de Catalunya, where it will affect around 66,000 passengers, is to start in September and cost €0.8 million. They are to install a lift, raise the platform and install lights similar to those at Clot-Aragó.