The new Spanish vice-president Manuel Chaves met with Generalitat president José Montilla yesterday and agreed that Catalunya will not receive less than the Spanish average in national financing (article in Castilian), when agreement is finally reached on how much money Catalunya will receive from the national government. Negotiations about the funding for all the autonomous communities in Spain have been going on for the past months, and the last proposal made by the central government would have seen Catalunya get an amount that would have been below the average per capita, a proposal that was rejected by the Generalitat. However, the Catalan government has in the past said that it will not accept an offer that is not notably higher than the Spanish average.
Confirmation is expected from Volkswagen today of the story released yesterday that the new Audi Q3 will be built at the Seat plant in the Catalan town of Martorell (article in Castilian). The decision was made to build the four-by-four vehicle following a series of discussions between the Spanish government, the Generalitat and the German car-makers; in an announcement on the Audi intranet, the company's president Rupert Stadler said that the plant was chosen because of its quality, flexibility and competitivity. However, union leader Manuel Fernandez said that it was too early to celebrate and that they needed to wait for official confirmation from Volkswagen before feeling sure that 1,500 or so workers will definitely see their jobs saved.
Tomorrow sees the biggest day of the year for flower-sellers in Catalunya with the Diada de Sant Jordi and it's anticipated that they will sell between 5.5 and six million roses (article in Catalan). Although the traditional red rose is the most popular (it is estimated that 70 percent of those that will be bought tomorrow will be red), florists increasingly have a wider range of colours and varieties on sale, and also do special arrangements and presentation styles for those who want to buy something different. Seventy-five percent of the roses originate from outside Spain, largely Holland and South America, while the rest come from Maresme and the Llevant.