Calar Alto observatory fights for survival: 20% of staff laid off

Calar Alto observatory, in the mountains above Almeria, is Europe’s largest observatory. But that hasn’t saved it from funding cuts which lead to its Director quitting recently in protest. It’s administered jointly by Spain’s CSIC and the Max Planck Institute of Germany. CSIC has almost abandoned the observatory, and Max Planck has also severely cut back. This has lead to a wave of job losses, as the remaining staff are forced to take pay cuts Continue reading Calar Alto observatory fights for survival: 20% of staff laid off

Mojacar Mayor must take WHOPPING pay cut under new law

Our local newspaper Actualidad Almanzora reveals that Mayor of Mojacar RosMari must take a whopping 5000 euro paycut under the new law governing the salaries of politicians. She currently earns 50.400 euros a year, after she voted herself a massive 42% recently. Under the new law, she can’t earn any more than 45.000 euros. Mojacar has 8360 residents, so she costs los mojaqueros…. about 6 euros per head. How much is 5.400 euros, really? Well, Continue reading Mojacar Mayor must take WHOPPING pay cut under new law

Police boss sold seized goods to equip coppers

The cuts are affecting the police of Catalonia, the mossos. It’s either a great excuse or a poor sign of things to come: A mosso boss in Tarragona has been reprimanded for selling goods seized by his unit at CashConverters to pay for police equipment his unit couldn’t otherwise afford. DavidJackson.info has his doubts about the whole scam, but being an admirer of his kneecaps, refuses to gainsay the most violent police force in Spain.

No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

The EU has confirmed that it has no plans to finance the local high speed train in Almeria until after 2020. Following on from yesterdays announcement that the local AVE line has been dropped from Europe’s list of “priority rail investments”, the EU budget office has confirmed to Spanish MEP’s that no money will be allocated in the current round of transport investments. This means that Almeria will have to battle for EU cash in Continue reading No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

Spain reforms to raise 56.4 billion euros

The Spanish government’s most recent reforms will slash 56.4 billion euros ($69 billion) from the public deficit in the next two and a half years, an official document showed on Saturday, leaving a gap to be filled by taxes on energy. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged 65 billion euros of savings from tax hikes and spending cuts on Wednesday in a painful package aimed at convincing the EU and investors it is serious about Continue reading Spain reforms to raise 56.4 billion euros

30 billion euros of cuts to be announced this weekend

A new wave of “financial adjustments” (cuts) are expected to be announced this weekend or early next week by the Spanish government, totalling up to 30 billion euros according to some reports. The cuts are to meet EU demands in exchange for the 100 billion bailout. The IVA increase is expected to be among the changes. Other changes are likely to be further pay cuts in the public sector, a freeze on pensions and benefits, Continue reading 30 billion euros of cuts to be announced this weekend

Taxes up, public salaries down as Andalucia struggles to save 2,5 billion euros

Griñán, the chap who is back in power despite never having won an election, has announced that he will slash public sector wages (by up to 6.5%) and increase taxes to the maximum permitted in order to save 2,5 billion euros from the Andalucian budget. Higher earners will see their IRPF increase as Andalucia increases it’s tax on income to the legal maximum, and several cents will be added onto petrol prices as the Andalucian Continue reading Taxes up, public salaries down as Andalucia struggles to save 2,5 billion euros

IVA won’t go up, promises government, despite EU demands

Despite the EU demanding that Spain increases the level of IVA (VAT for the Brits!), President Rajoy has firmly refused to comtemplate the increase. However, the Minister for the Economy, De Guindos, has refused to rule out a possible increase in 2013. Spain is currently about 0,5% off the budget reduction target demanded by the EU, and the Eurozone had suggested that increasing IVA would be the quickest way to make up the shortfall. But Continue reading IVA won’t go up, promises government, despite EU demands

Andalucian health service finds the cash to pay medicine bill for September (rest of year in doubt)

Here’s a news story you may not have seen in the English press, despite its grave importance. The Andalucian Health Service (known as the SAS), has managed to come up with 160 million euros to pay for all the medicines prescribed during September, despite having earlier told the guilds of pharmacists that they wouldn’t be able to meet the bill, as Andalucia had run out of cash to pay its medicine bill for the last Continue reading Andalucian health service finds the cash to pay medicine bill for September (rest of year in doubt)

Junta (quietly) admits major transport works will be delayed due to lack of funds

The Junta’s Minister for Public Works & Housing, Josefina Cruz (her of the “Brits are scum” comments in Parliament) has very quietly admitted that due to lack of cash the Junta will miss or delay most of the targets in it’s five year Andalucian Transport Plan (PISTA2007-2013). “The plans were drawn up when there was more money available, and with less money we cannot do as much” she muttered to a reporter in Seville. She Continue reading Junta (quietly) admits major transport works will be delayed due to lack of funds