Spain increases electricity bills to trim deficit

Spain said power prices would rise by 7 percent to help contain an accumulated 24 billion euro (20 billion pounds) deficit due to utilities selling electricity below nominal costs. Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said on Friday the increase would have been 30 percent if consumers alone had been required to pay to keep the “tariff deficit” within legal limits for this year, and to eliminate it next year. But utilities would also contribute by Continue reading Spain increases electricity bills to trim deficit

Algarrobico is illegal and must be demolished rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has published its final ruling on the Algarrobico hotel: It’s illegally within the coastal protection zone (100m from high tide) and half of it must therefore be demolished. The ruling cannot be appealed against. The Algarrobico hotel, you will remember, is the concrete monstrosity built within the confines of the Cabo de Gata natural park on the way to Carboneras. It is 21 stories high (built against a sloping hill) and the Continue reading Algarrobico is illegal and must be demolished rules Supreme Court

Mojacar to get lift to top of village

A project has been selected for a new lift and stairway to the top of Mojácar village. Called the “Escalera de color” (Stairway of colour), it will be executed on the current Muralla de Roque street, and consists of a new walkway, split into several sections, with nice gardens.The new garden involves redevoping an empty plot of land owned by the townhall, which currently has some electric posts in it (the plan also involves hiding Continue reading Mojacar to get lift to top of village

Almeria airport flying to 26 destinations this summer

This summer, you can fly to: Nationally: Oviedo, Bilbao, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Madrid, Melilla, Palma de Mallorca & Seville; Internationally: Niederrhein, Ámsterdam, Birmingham, Londres, Manchester, Luxemburgo, Nottingham, Estocolmo, Bruselas, Bratislava, Kosice, Praga, Brno, Reikiavik & Varsovia According to AENA, the airports operator. However, many of the international flights are charter only, operated by travel agents. The only international regular scheduled flights are to Niederrhein, Bruselas, Birmingham, Londres, Manchester & Nottingham.

Election fiasco in Andalucia – same old rotters stay in power

There isn’t much to say about the elections yesterday in Andalucia, other than the fact that the regional government will continue as normal (only now with a couple of communists in power as well). Andalucia was unable to shake off its fear of the Conservative PP party, and so instead of voting out the scandal ridden, corrupt PSOE that has ruled the place with an iron fist for the last three decades, simply doubled the Continue reading Election fiasco in Andalucia – same old rotters stay in power

Spain’s Iberia seeks survival in low-cost launch

Spain’s Iberia launched its low-cost air carrier Iberia Express on Friday, defying union opposition as it pushes for commercial and financial survival in a tough environment. European airlines are battling soaring fuel prices, weak demand by cash-strapped consumers due to the euro-zone debt crisis and the burden of new taxes on air travel, as well as fierce competition from low-cost carriers such as Ryanair (RYA.I). Ryanair overtook Iberia, part of International Airlines Group IAG.L (ICAG.L), Continue reading Spain’s Iberia seeks survival in low-cost launch

Spain moves toward freedom of information law

Freedom of information in Spain came one step nearer Friday after the recently-elected government agreed to introduce a bill in response to widespread disgust over corruption and mismanagement by elected officials of both main political parties. The country’s Cabinet agreed to put forward legislation that will allow Spaniards to find out more about how their money is spent by government. Spain, which is struggling to get its public finances under control, is one of Europe’s Continue reading Spain moves toward freedom of information law

Spain to hike power rates

Spain’s centre-right government may decree on Friday an electricity rate hike of up to 7 percent for consumers and cut subsidies to power distributors by 10 percent, several newspapers reported on Saturday. However, government sources told Reuters there was no decision yet on the exact content or timing of pending energy sector reforms. The cut in subsidies to distributors would hold down Spain’s rising tariff deficit, which is backed by the government, by some 500 Continue reading Spain to hike power rates

UK expected to be warmer than Spain, Italy and Greece this weekend

Britain looks set to bask in sunshine this weekend as temperatures top those of many European destinations. London is expected to be warmer than Madrid, Rome and Athens as much of the UK enjoys balmy weather. Matt Dobson, meteorologist at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said even parts of western Scotland could be treated to sunny weather. Posted from WordPress for Android – mobile blogging!