Romanian budget airline may start Almeria flights soon

Blue Air, the Romanian budget airline, has confirmed it is studying the possibility of running flights between Almeria and Bucharest “in the very near future”. The airline says that the established population of some 45,000 Romanians in the province means that a steady audience is available. Fly Me, the Romanian travel agents that operate Blue Air flights in Spain, point out that a Málaga route is already profitable for Blue Air, despite the fact that Continue reading Romanian budget airline may start Almeria flights soon

Junta says Algarrobico will be demolished “as soon as” the courts allow

Mar Moreno, the nº2 at the Junta de Andalucía, told reporters today that the Junta de Andalucía is very clear on the matter – as soon as the Supreme Court gives the green light, the Junta will order the bulldozers in to demolish the El Algarrobico hotel. The question of whether or not the hotel has been built on protected land is now in the Supreme Court of Andalucia (TSJA) and a quorum of five Continue reading Junta says Algarrobico will be demolished “as soon as” the courts allow

Murcia-San Javier airport will close to civil flights next years

Murcia region and the Ministry of Development have confirmed that they signed last night an agreement to transfer control of the new Corvera airport to AENA, the airports operator, which is expected to transfer all operations to the new centre in 2012. Murcia region has furthermore said that the two airports “will not compete” for civilian flights. This is expected to mean that San Javier will cease all civil operations by the middle of next Continue reading Murcia-San Javier airport will close to civil flights next years

Spains 3rd largest company Inditex moves all online billing operations to Ireland (or how to hide 742 million euros annually from Hacienda)

Inditex -the owner of such fashion chains as Zara, Uterqüe, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius or Oysho- has moved its online operations to the Republic of Ireland in order to take advantadge of the 12,5% flat rate corporation tax available there, the lowest corporation tax in the EU. This compares favourably with a 30% corporation tax Spains third largest company would have to pay if all this went through Madrid. (Yes, I know they’re based Continue reading Spains 3rd largest company Inditex moves all online billing operations to Ireland (or how to hide 742 million euros annually from Hacienda)

Vera townhall says Priors situation is “unjust” and promises a better home for them

Vera has been paying, since 2010, 600€ a month to a homeowner on Puerto Rey in order to comply with the judicial order that they had to provide free accomodation for the Priors, the couple whose home was knocked down in the town. However, the Priors refused to occupy this home, saying that the home was not adecuate for their needs, and did not comply with the judicial order. The new administration has now agreed, Continue reading Vera townhall says Priors situation is “unjust” and promises a better home for them

Government agrees to cover Algarrobico demolition costs

The central government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Junta de Andalucía, that it will cover the demolition costs of the controversial El Algarrobico hotel, in the case that the judicial scene permits demolition to go ahead. The Junta de Andalucía, meanwhile, will cover the cost of landscaping and returning the area to its natural state once the hotel has been removed. Sec. of state for the environment, Teresa Ribera, has made it Continue reading Government agrees to cover Algarrobico demolition costs

Carboneras to get Spains first “petrol farm”

A Valencian company (Bio Fuel Systems SA) has signed a contract with Carboneras townhall to build Spains first petrol farm in the town. The concept appears to be simple, yet almost sci-fi: The farm uses CO2 produced by local industry (the power station comes to mind) to force microbes and algae to grow as fast as possible, in a sort of mini-greenhouse effect. The microbes then break the algae down to form oil. The principle Continue reading Carboneras to get Spains first “petrol farm”

Beach bar owner denounces Mojacar mayor for “politically” closing her beach bar

The owner of BBME, the beach bar closed by the Mojacar local police for allegedly infringing the new noise pollution order, has lodged a denuncia against Mojácar townhall, and in particular the mayor, claiming that the closure was “politically motivated”. An appeal against the closure claims that the by-law implemented in Mojácar is not legal, as it did not abide by the legal timelimits established by the federal law for the installation of the equipment. Continue reading Beach bar owner denounces Mojacar mayor for “politically” closing her beach bar

Got over 750k in assets? Get ready for the taxman

ZP’s latest idea is to bring back a wealth tax (the Impuesto sobre Patrimonios) which will tax the assets of anyone with over 750,000€. The tax hits private assets, whether this be a house, a boat, two cars or a pearl necklace. This tax was eliminated in 2007, although it raised some 2,100 million a year (or 0,2% of Spain’s 2007 GNP). It was scrapped because it mainly hits the middle classes, the ones with Continue reading Got over 750k in assets? Get ready for the taxman