The parents of a 15-year-old boy living in El Prat de Llobregat have been fined €700 for not taking their son to the town's school where he was registered (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). This is one of the first times that such a penalty has been imposed in Catalunya and comes in response to the parents ignoring both the school and the demands of local social services requiring the pair ensure their son go to school as is required by law; they were thus accused of the crime of ‘abandono de familia’ (family abandonment). The case didn’t reach court as the lawyers representing the parents and the public prosecutor reached an agreement that means the parents avoid a prison sentence.
The Generalitat has approved a law creating new ‘vegueries’, administrative departments for Catalunya (read article in Catalan here, Avui). The law, which also creates a new project for the metropolitan area of Barcelona, plans for the creation of seven administrative areas that will be gradually introduced—the proposed vegueries are: l’Alt-Pirineu-Aran, Barcelona, Catalunya Central, Girona, Lleida, Camp de Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre. The law was announced yesterday by Generalitat president José Montilla with Jordi Ausàs of the interior ministry; Montilla said that the new system of vegueries (which existed in Catalunya during the Middle Ages up to the start of the 18th century) would provide a way to rationalise the administration of and reorganise the Generalitat’s public services throughout the region.
The Spanish airline Iberia has announced that from March 1st, it’s planning to limit the amount of luggage that some travellers in its tourist class will be able to take on certain routes (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The new system will apply to those passengers who have paid the lowest rate for the ticket on transatlantic flights and the route to Johannesburg. They will be able to take one suitcase weighing up to 23 kilogrammes for free; however, for a second piece of luggage, they will have to pay €50 if they have booked in on-line and €60 if they check-in directly at the airport. Iberia’s most profitable routes are already those which connect Madrid with South American countries and this latest move could see them increase that income significantly. On the back of this news, the price of Iberia shares on the Madrid stock exchange rose yesterday by 3.5 percent.
Also in the news: Remains of soldier killed in Afghanistan arrive at Barcelona (read full article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia); Spanish top football leagues to start playing matches on Monday and Friday as well as at the weekends (read full article in Castilian here, El Periodico); Catalan police start operation against radical section of Boixos Noies group of Barça supporters (read full article in Catalan here, Avui)