The present mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, has announced that he will stand again in the next municipal elections, which should take place in 2011 (article in Catalan, Avui). Hereu confirmed his candidature for the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) at a lunch in Madrid on Tuesday; he originally took office in 2006, when he took over from the previous mayor Joan Clos, who moved to a national government role, and Hereu then went on to win the municipal elections in 2007. The Barcelona mayor commented at yesterday’s lunch that although the PSC has held power at the city council for 30 years, he and his team have only been in office for three years; he went on to say that filling the role of mayor was very important to him and that, for the moment, he has no other political plans.
The Spanish Ministry of Public Works has said that halted works at Sants Estació will re-commence in 2010 (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The development work has been held up while focus has been directed towards the project to build the new high-speed AVE train station at Sagrera; this has meant that little has been done at Sants since February 2008, when the first AVE service started at the station, which is currently Barcelona’s main railway station. The situation has been made worse as a result of the current financial crisis, but in the next few months, it is planned that some €87 million will be invested by the Public Works Ministry in the improvements, which include new offices, shops and hotels.
The Catalan government has reached an agreement with trade unions and employers over an anti-crisis plan to re-activate the economy next year (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The agreement includes 30 different measures to create employment and give a boost to the Catalan economy in 2010; it will be supported by a budget of €5 billion. The plan, which has come together through a series of negotiations over the past months between different groups including the main trade unions CCOO and UGT, will go before the Catalan parliament for approval tomorrow.
Also in the news: Barça to play first match in FIFA Club World Cup this afternoon (La Vanguardia); Generalitat denies that there are violations of children's rights in Catalan centres (Avui); Barcelona inventor creates golf ball that turns into fish food when it lands in water (El Periodico)