In the past year, Spanish banks have doubled the number of properties they have to sell as a result of property developers being unable to repay loans (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The banks have more than 50,000 flats and houses on their books compared to 28,295 at the end of 2008. The arrangement by which the banks take the properties as an ‘exchange’ for the debt that the developers can’t afford to pay is partly to avoid a process of tendering, which would be more expensive and lengthy for both sides.
Barcelona authorities are planning a campaign to make clients of prostitutes aware of the exploitation of women by men (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The recent attention that has been paid to the issue of prostitution on the streets of Barcelona centre has led to the council seeking ways to deal with the problem. The idea of a campaign aimed at those who pay for the sexual services of women came from the council opposition party, Convergencia i Unió (CiU), and was agreed at a meeting yesterday of the city council’s Commission of Culture, Education and Social Welfare. The campaign will be carried out by the councilor responsible for Women’s Issues and aims to raise awareness about the mafias that often run groups of prostitutes.
Also in the news: One in six Mediterranean mammals is at risk from extinction (La Vanguardia); Barça president Laporta could be heading for Generalitat run (El Periodico); Parties reject proposal to transfer control of Catalan airports (Avui)