Junta refuses to pay out for agreed tourism sponsorship deals this year

The Junta de Andalucia, bankrupt in every sense except the “let’s admit it” sense, has just announced that it will welsh on all agreed tourism sponsorship deals for the second half of this year, after the credit card started to bounce. After having sunk the Andalucian Masters tournament by refusing at the last minute to cut the agreed check, the Junta has now admitted it can’t pay out for the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Continue reading Junta refuses to pay out for agreed tourism sponsorship deals this year

So the Junta’s got cash for this nonsense?

Fun! So that’s where 762.000€ of Andalucian cash went this year – urban planning in some godforsaken town in Africa. (How about spending some of that regulating the illegal homes in Albox? No? Thought not). Meanwhile, the Junta continues to ask Madrid for a billion euros to “tide it over” until it can ask for a full bailout… https://twitter.com/DMunozSanchez/status/244847918291492864

No money for tourism from the Junta complains province

The Junta has confirmed that the only aid it plans to give Almeria province towards tourism promotion will be a donation towards the cost of the yearly Fitur tourism trade fair in Madrid in 2013. Of course, since Andalucia is expected to run one big stand for the whole region, that’s not saying much. So that leave the province to promote itself on its own. “Blame Rajoy” a Junta spokesman told ideal.es. Personally, I blame Continue reading No money for tourism from the Junta complains province

5.693.100 unemployed – even in summer, a further 53.500 unemployed

Spains unemployment has soared to record levels this summer, despite the fact that summer is traditionally the period where, what with beach bars, hotels and whatnot, unemployment drops due to temporary summer work contracts. A further 53.500 people lost their jobs last month to June, about 1% of the total, bringing the total number of unemployed up to 5.693.100 across the nation at the beginning of this month, or 24.63% of the active workforce. 53.28% Continue reading 5.693.100 unemployed – even in summer, a further 53.500 unemployed

Junta pays 12 million to settle software piracy case

The Junta de Andalucia has paid 12 millions euros to a “major international software company” in order to settle a complaint about the illegal use of software. It appears that government offices across Andalucia have been using pirated copies of this software, and an external audit of government computers detected “massive” use of pirated software on government PC’s. (I assume we’re talking Microsoft and Windows here). Anyway, the PP have revealed that earlier in the Continue reading Junta pays 12 million to settle software piracy case

New Andalucian Minister for Justice is the same bloke who was in charge of “Corruption in the Junta” investigation…

Does that make sense? I think it makes sense. Anyway, the new Minister for Justice in Griñán’s new Junta de Andalucía is Emilio de Llera , the man who is also the prosecutor general of Seville. Emilio was the man in charge of investigation the ERE pension scandal currently rocking the Junta (where the Junta has been accused of spending hundreds of millions in a slush fund to pay off union leaders, ex-politicians and generally Continue reading New Andalucian Minister for Justice is the same bloke who was in charge of “Corruption in the Junta” investigation…

First casualty of the cutbacks – Balearic Isles will close two hospitals, fire staff

The region of the Balearic Isles has announced that due to cutbacks, it will have to close two hospitals: the Hospital General and the Hospital Juan March. This in an effort to save some 350 million euros a year. A further 74 million euros will be cut off the general budgets of education and health, and civil servents in the region are now expected to work 37.5 hours a week, up from the current 35 Continue reading First casualty of the cutbacks – Balearic Isles will close two hospitals, fire staff

PP will cut Andalucia delegates from 25 to just 7

Javier Arenas, leader of the Andalucian PP party, and expected winner of the March 25th elections in the region, has announced that if he wins, he will cut the number of delegados in the Junta de Andalucia from the current 25 to just 7. The number of Conserjerías -regional Ministries- will likely be just 10 instead of the 13 that currently exist, as Arenas plans to fuse a number of them. Currently, there are about Continue reading PP will cut Andalucia delegates from 25 to just 7

Almería drops to seventh most visted province in Andalucia (so that’s last-but-one) as Junta sends tourists elsewhere

Almería in 2011 dropped to the seventh most visited province in Andalucia (remember – there are only 8 provinces!), down from the fourth just a few years ago. Only Huelva – the strawberry and stainless steel province- has fewer tourists then we do. Most tourists arrive at Huelva, see that thanks to its petro-chemical-stainless steel industry it’s one of the most polluted areas in Europe (thanks, EU commission for pointing this out!) and flee onwards Continue reading Almería drops to seventh most visted province in Andalucia (so that’s last-but-one) as Junta sends tourists elsewhere

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)