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“Brussels, we have a problem” Jaume Garau speaks on EU regional cohesion policies in a report published by the Centre Maurits Coppieters

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On the occasion of 9 of May- Europe Day, the Centre Maurits Coppieters (in collaboration with the Foundació Emili Darder) publishes the report The fiscal balance of stateless nations with the European Union.

Jaume Garau author of the report (IdeasforEurope©)

Jaume Garau author of the report (IdeasforEurope©)

Jaume Garau, author of the report, believes that “The EU’s Regional Policy is aimed at encouraging more harmonious economic growth among the different European territories. The problem is a lack of transparency when it comes to the criteria by which European investments are distributed within the different territories of a state. Anomalous situations arise frequently today. There are regions with similar incomes that receive very different sums from European financing. This is the case of Northern Ireland and the Balearic Islands, to name but two. They make large contributions to the community budget, but only receive tiny investment capital from the EU. We need the Governments of Member States to clearly explain the criteria used when deciding on how the investment capital is distributed”

The above mentioned research is focused on how Cohesion funds impact on the specific cases of Aragon, Scotland, the Basque Country, Flanders, Galiza, Wales And Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic islands.

Authors claim that even though redistribution mechanisms of European Funds are established by Brussels, state governments have plenty of leeway to decide how much of the European aid is in the end assigned to each region within the state. In other words, the governments in Madrid and London, for example, enjoy significant capacity to decide how much of the European Funds goes to each region within the State.

This capacity held by the governments of Member States can – at times – distort the initial purpose of the Cohesion Policy. The lack of transparency and clear criteria and targets about how European Funds are assigned among the regions within a State often leads to tension concerning the final sharing out of EU aid among regions: paradoxes occur in which areas with very similar per capita income and populations receive very different levels of European financing.

There are some cases of regions which have the same per capita income and the same population, however, they receive over three times more European Funds investments than others. In this case, the European Regional Policy does not help to harmonise the differences, but rather increase them.

The purpose of this study is to analyse what a series of regions receive in European Funds and what they contribute – in tax – to the European Union budget. The end target is to come up with a new tool to better evaluate the European Regional Policy and its effects.

The report will be available as of 9 of May- Europe Day –  in www.ideasforeurope.eu/paper/

The Fiscal Balance of Stateless Nations with the EU (IdeasforEurope ©)

The Fiscal Balance of Stateless Nations with the EU (IdeasforEurope ©)

 

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En motiu del dia d’Europa el Centre Maurits Coppieters (en col.laboració amb la Fundació Emili Darder) publicarà un estudi sobre les balances fiscals entre la Unió Europea i divereses regions.

La presentació l’organitza en roda de premsa la Fundació Emili Darder el dia 8 de maig a Palma de Mallorca i l’estudi sera disponible a www.ideasforeurope.eu/paper el dia 9 de maig.

 

Els autors de l’estudi : En Jaume Garau i en Felix Pablo analitzen amb especial atenció els casos dels països Catalans, Escocia i Flanders. Els autors consideren que el 2014 és un any especialment important per a la Política Regional Europea: ja que s’està finalitzat un període d’implantació de Fons Europeus (2007-2013) i es prepara la nova etapa d’inversions (2014-2020),  és un bon moment per fer balanç: avaluar com s’ha fet en el passat i extreure’n conclusions de cara al futur. Els resultats obtinguts ens permeten veure com:

  • En termes generals, les regions que presenten els índex de riquesa per càpita més alts, són les que més aportacions fan als pressupostos. Al mateix temps, els territoris amb nivells de renda per càpita més baixos, són els que reben més inversions de la UE.
  • No obstant, es donen excepcions: Irlanda del Nord, Valònia, País Valencià, Illes Balears i Catalunya tenen un fiançament europeu especialment baix en relació al seu nivell de renda i presenten uns saldos fiscals especialment negatius, si es té en compte el seu grau de desenvolupament econòmic.
  • Regions amb graus de desenvolupament molt similars, reben un finançament europeu molt diferent.
  • Cinc de les sis regions europees que reben un finançament europeu més baix en relació a la seva renda, totes corresponen a situacions polítiques excepcionals: els Països Catalans –amb llengua i cultura diferenciada de la  majoritària al seu Estat-; Irlanda del Nord i Valònia. No obstant, no es pot parlar de l’existència d’una correlació clara entre l’estatus polític de “Nació sense Estat” i la seva relació financera amb la UE.

 

Tot i que els mecanismes de repartiment dels Fons Europeus queden establerts per Brussel·les, els governs dels Estats disposen d’un important marge de maniobra per tal de decidir la quantia d’ajudes europees que finalment s’assignarà a cada regió de dintre del seu Estat.

Precisament, aquest capacitat que tenen els governs dels Estats Membres pot –en ocasions- arribar a desvirtuar l’objectiu inicial de la Política de Cohesió, tal com assenyalen els autors en l’estudi:

« Brussel·les, tenim un problema.

La Política Regional de la UE té com a objectiu impulsar un creixement econòmic més harmoniós entre els diferents territoris europeus. El problema és la manca de transparència dels criteris sobre com es reparteixen les inversions europees dintre dels territoris d’un mateix Estat. Avui, es donen situacions anòmales: regions amb nivells de renda similars, reben quanties molt diferents de finançament europeu. És el cas d’Irlanda del Nord, de Flandes, les Illes Balears… fan grans aportacions al pressupostos comunitaris i reben molts poques inversions de la UE. Necessitem que els Governs dels Estats Membres expliquin quins són aquests criteris de repartiment. »

 

April 2014 – International News about #Catalonia

April 4, 2014  – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (USA) – “A European Nation Within Spain”.

April 7, 2014 – L’INDEPENDANT (NORD CATALOGNE / FRANCE) – “Indépendance de la Catalogne: la main tendue du gouvernement espagnol avant le vote au Congrès”

April 7, 2014 – DW DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) – “Spanien streitet über Katalonien”

April 8, 2014 – ALL THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS REGARDING APRIL 8TH FACTS: “SPANISH CONGRESS SAYS NO TO CATALAN REFERENDUM”.

April 8, 2014 – FREQUENCY  - “SPANISCHES PARLAMENT LEHNT UNABHÄNGIGKEITSREFERENDUM IN KATALONIEN AB”

April 9, 2014 – POLSKA AGENCJA PRASOWA (POLAND) – “Hiszpania: Kortezy przeciw referendum niepodległościowemu w Katalonii”

April 9, 2014 – GAZETA (POLAND) - “Katalonia się wyrywa, Hiszpania nie puszcza”

April 9, 2014 – TURKISH PRESS (TURKEY) – “Spanish parliament rejects Catalan independence referendum”

April 9, 2014 – THE TELEGRAPH (UNITED KINGDOM) – “Scottish referendum gives us hope for independence, says Catalonia minister”

April 9, 2014 – THE NATION – FOREIGN POLICY FOCUS (USA) – “How Ethnic Tensions and Economic Crisis Have Strengthened Europe’s Secession Movements”

April 9, 2014 – EXPATICA – “Spain faces divide after blocking Catalan referendum”

April 9, 2014 – LA NACIÓN (ARGENTINA) - “Aplastante derrota para Cataluña en el Parlamento”

April 10, 2014 – OPEN DEMOCRACY, FERNANDO BETANCOURT – “Spain and Catalonia: an Iberian dilemma”

April 10, 2014 – JUNGE WELT (GERMANY) – “Spanisches Parlament verbietet Referendum in Katalonien. Nationalversammlung hält an Unabhängigkeit fest. Gespräch mit Ricard Gené”

April 12, 2014 – GREEN LEFT WEEKLY (AUSTRALIA) – “Confronting Catalonia: a day in Spanish parliament”

April 13, 2014 – RT (RUSSIA) – “Basque town votes in referendum on independence from Spain”

April 14, 2014 – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES (UNITED KINGDOM) – “Scottish Independence Could Spur Catalonia and European Nationalist Groups to Breakaway”

April 14, 2014 – EL PAIS IN ENGLISH – “Catalan government advisors say EU would accept region as a full member”

April 15, 2014 – EUROPEAN VOICE – “Catalan report casts doubt on an accession veto by Spain”

April 15, 2015 – THE LOCAL (SPAIN) – “Independent Catalonia can stay in EU: Report”

April 18, 2014 – THE NEW YORK TIMES (USA) - “Language Without a Country”

April 20, 2014 – LIBERATION (FRANCE) - “La Catalogne hésite sur la voie à suivre vers le vote d’autodétermination”

April 21, 2014 – WORLD BULLETIN – Nearly half of Spaniards support purge on Catalan rights”

April 21, 2014 – THE IRISH TIMES (IRELAND) – “Daniel Defoe’s other island”

April 21, 2014 – COMMON SENSE, FERNANDO BETANCOURT – “Catalonia and Spain: End Game Scenarios”

April 21, 2014 – THE LOCAL (SPAIN) – “50% of Spaniards believe Catalonia will vote: Poll”

April 22, 2014 – THE TIMES SCOTLAND (SCOTLAND) – “Catalonia would be better off separate”

April 22, 2014 – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (USA) – “Self-Rule Drive Stalls in Spain’s Basque Country”

April 22, 2014 – STAR TRIBUNE (USA) – “A day for love and literature”

April 22, 2014 – WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE – “Spanish Congress rejects Catalan independence referendum”

April 23, 2014 – RADIO RTS (FRANCE) – “La dernière Sant Jordi sous le drapeau espagnol en Catalogne?”

April 23, 2014 – REUTERS - “Catalan leader to call independence vote despite Madrid resistance”

April 23, 2014 – GLOBAL POST - “Catalonia chief vows to call independence poll”

April 23, 2014 – LA JORNADA En Linea (MEXICO) – “Líder de Cataluña pide al gobierno no obstruir consulta sobre autodeterminación”

April 23, 2014 – GLOBOVISION – Presidente catalán pide a Madrid no obstruir la consulta sobre la autodeterminación”

April 23, 2014 – ZDF AUSLANDS JOURNAL (GERMANY) – “Pep und die Politik”

April 24, 2014 – FARS NEWS (IRAN) – Spanish PM Calls Catalonia Independence Referendum Illegitimate”

April 24, 2014 – DW DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) – “Roses for Catalonia’s independence”. 

April 24, 2014 – DW DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) – “Rote Rosen für Kataloniens Unabhängigkeit”

April 24, 2014 – THE IRISH TIMES (IRELAND) - “Catalonian feast day fuels Artur Mas in quest for independent region”

April 24, 2014 – LA CROIX (FRANCE) – “La Catalogne ne renonce pas à un vote sur l’indépendance”

April 24, 2014 – NOTICIAS AO MINUTO (PORTUGAL) – Artur Mas Catalunha insiste no referendo sobre independência”

April 24, 2014 – XINHUANET NEWS (CHINA) – St George’s Day gives boost to book sales in Spain”

April 24, 2014 – ALMANAR (LIBIA) – اقليم كاتالونيا يطالب الحكومة الاسبانية بعدم عرقلة التصويت على استقلاله

April 24, 2014 – LA NACIÓN (ARGENTINA) – “Desafío separatista de Mas: “Se la vamos a hacer difícil a España”

April 24, 2014 – LA NACIÓN (ARGENTINA) – “Un líder que casi sin quererlo se volvió abanderado del separatismo”

April 25, 2014 – EL PAIS IN ENGLISH (SPAIN) – “Catalan government looks abroad for independence support”

April 25, 2014 – TV5 MONDE (FRANCE) – “Catalogne: le référendum de la discorde”

 

 

Recull de premsa international / International press. April 8th 2014

AL MANAAR - النواب الاسبان يرفضون بغالبية كبيرة مشروع استفتاء في كاتالونيا

AGI (ITALIA) – Spagna: Parlamento, no a referendum indipendenza Catalogna

ALJAZEERA (QATAR) – Spain rejects Catalan push for independence

BANGKOK POST (THAILAND) – Spanish parliament rejects Catalonia independence bid

BBC NEWS (UK) – Spanish parliament rejects Catalan independence vote

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK (USA) – Catalans Take Independence Bid to Madrid for Rajoy’s Refusal

CANOE (CANADA) – Référendum en Catalogne: Madrid dit non

CHANNEL NEWS ASIA (SINGAPORE) – Spain PM leads opposition to Catalan independence bid

CHICAGO TRIBUNE (USA) – Spain’s parliament set to reject Catalan referendum

CHICAGO NEWS TRIBUNE (USA) – Catalan leader says parliament rejection won’t halt referendum

CORRIERE DE LA SERA (ITALY) – Madrid boccia il referendum per l’indipendenza della Catalogna

DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) Spanish parliament rejects Catalonia independence referendum

DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) – Madrid blocks Catalan independence referendum

DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) – Spanish parliament rejects Catalonia independence referendum

DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) – Spanien streitet über Katalonien

DIGITAL JOURNAL (CANADA) - Spain lawmakers set to reject Catalan independence bid

EL UNIVERSAL (MEXICO) – España rechaza petición de referendo de Cataluña

EPOCH TIMES (USA) – Continental Drift: Europe’s Breakaways

ESTERI (ITALY) – Spagna: il Parlamento dovrà decidere se far svolgere il referendum sull’indipendenza della Catalogna

EXCELSIOR (MEXICO) – Catalanes insisten en un referéndum

EXPATICA – Spain lawmakers set to reject Catalan independence vote

EURONEWS - Spanish politicians to vote on Catalonia’s right to a referendum on independence

EUROPEAN VOICE – Catalan referendum to go ahead despite court ruling

FARS NEWS AGENCY (IRAN) – Spanish Parliament to Discuss Catalonia’s Request for Referendum on Independence

FINANCIAL TIMES (USA) – MPs to stoke tensions with refusal of catalan referendum request. 

FOREIGN POLICY (USA) – Playing Chicken in Catalonia 

FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU (GERMANY) – Kein Grund für ein unabhängiges Katalonien

FX STREET (USA) – Spanish PM Rajoy : There is room for dialogue with Catalonia

GAZETA Wyborcza (POLAND) – Katalonia się wyrywa, Hiszpania nie puszcza

GLOBO (PORTUGAL) – Espanha rejeita pedido de referendo sobre independência na Catalunha

IL MESSAGERO (ITALY) – Spagna, il parlamento dice no alla Catalogna. Respinta la legge indipendentista

INDEPENDENT (IRELAND) – Spain rejects Catalonia poll bid

INTERNAZIONALE (ITALY) –  La corte costituzionale spagnola boccia il referendum catalano

IOL NEWS (ITALY) – Resistance to Catalonia independence

KHOU (USA) – Spanish Parliament rejects Catalonia bid

LA DEPECHE (FRANCE) – Espagne. Débat explosif autour de l’indépendance catalane

LA JORNADA (MEXICO) – Rajoy: “no concibo España sin Cataluña, ni Cataluña fuera de España”

LA JORNADA (MEXICO) – Congreso español rechaza referéndum de independencia de Cataluña

LA NACIÓN (COSTA RICA) – El parlamento español se dispone a rechazar el referéndum de independencia catalán

LE DEVOIR (CANADA) – Madrid dit non

LE MONDE (FRANCE) – Indépendance de la Catalogne : le refus des députés espagnols

LE MONDE (FRANCE) – A Tarragone, l’Assemblée nationale catalane s’enflamme pour l’indépendance

LE PROGRES (FRANCE) – Le processus d’indépendance «se poursuit» en Catalogne

LES ECHOS (FRANCE) – Mariano Rajoy opposé à «une Catalogne hors de l’Espagne»

L’EXPRESS (FRANCE) – Espagne: les députés rejettent l’indépendance catalane

L’INDÉPENDANT (CATALUNYA NORD – FRANCE) – Référendum: Rajoy contre “une Catalogne hors de l’Espagne et de l’Europe” 

LIBERATION MONDE (FRANCE) – L’indépendance de la Catalogne rejetée par les députés espagnols

NAHARNET (LEBANON) – Spain PM Says ‘Catalonia outside of Spain’ is Inconceivable

NEW STRAITS TIMES  (MALAYSIA)- ‘Catalonia outside of Spain’ is inconceivable: Spanish PM.

Polska Agencja Prasowa (POLAND) – Hiszpania: Kortezy przeciw referendum niepodległościowemu w Katalonii

PRESS TV (IRAN) – Spanish lawmakers to vote on Catalonia referendum

PRESSE IT (ITALY) – Spagna, Parlamento vota oggi su referendum per indipendenza Catalogna. 

PROFIL ONLINE (AUSTRIA) – Katalanen: Anleitung zum höflichen Separatismus

QUAD CITY TIMES (USA) – Spanish Parliament rejects Catalonia bid

QUEBEC HUFFINGTON POST (QUEBEC / CANADA) – Les députés espagnols rejettent le projet de référendum sur l’indépendance de la Catalogne

RADIO BIOBIO (CHILE) – Parlamento español se dispone a rechazar el referéndum de independencia catalán

RADIO CANADA (CANADA) – Les Espagnols ne veulent pas de référendum en Catalogne

RADIO FREE EUROPE. RADIO LIBERTY – Spanish Parliament Reject Catalonia Independence Referendum

REPPUBLICA IT (ITALIA) – Spagna, no del Parlamento alla Catalogna “Il referendum sull’independenza non si può fare”.

REUTERS – Spain’s parliament set to reject Catalan referendum.

RT (RUSSIA) – Catalonia to press for independence despite red light from Madrid

SUNDAY POST (SCOTLAND) – Spain rejects Catalonia poll bid

TELEDIARIO (MEXICO) – Parlamento español rechaza independencia de Cataluña

THE GUARDIAN (UK) – Spain set to reject Catalonia’s request for independence referendum.

THE IRISH TIMES (IRELAND) - Spanish Congress set to block Catalan referendum on independence

THE LOCAL (SPAIN) – Madrid set to veto Catalonia vote plans.

THE NEW YORK TIMES (USA) – Spain: Parliament Rejects Referendum on Independence for Catalonia

THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – Spain’s parliament rejects Catalan independence bid

THE SCOTSMAN (UK & SCOTLAND) – Spain to block Catalan independence referendum

THE SPAIN REPORT (SPAIN) – Madrid Has Already Said No To Catalonia.

THE STRAITS TIMES (SINGAPORE) – Spanish Parliament rejects Catalonia independence bid

THE VOICE OF RUSSIA  (RUSIA) - Spain’s parliament to consider Catalonia independence bid.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (USA) – A European Nation Within Spain

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (USA) – Spain’s Parliament Rejects Catalonia Bid for Independence Vote

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (Germany Edition) . Spanien schmettert Referendum zur Unabhängigkeit von Katalonien ab

THE WASHINTGON POST (USA) – Spanish Parliament rejects Catalonia bid

3NEWS (NEW ZELAND) – Spanish parliament rejects Catalonia bid

 

 

GOVERNMENT OF CATALONIA – ANSWER:

President Mas : ” Our path continues onward in truly Catalan fashion: positive, hopeful and peaceful”

 

Once Noticias entrevista a Alfred Bosch durant la seva estada a Mèxic

L’entrevista està disponible al portal web de Once Noticias en el següent enllaç

Financial Times. Spain promises non-interference on Scotland. 02.02.2014

 

Spain promises non-interference on Scotland

By Tobias Buck in Madrid and Mure Dickie in Edinburgh

Spain has no intention of interfering in Scotland’s push for independence and is willing to consider an eventual Scottish application to join the EU as a separate state, the foreign minister said in remarks that will bolster the nationalist campaign.

Madrid has long been among the most vocal opponents of separatist movements in Europe, reflecting its struggle to contain secessionist pressures in its own region of Catalonia. Spain’s internal problems have prompted speculation it would block a bid by an independent Scotland to rejoin the EU.

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José-Manuel García-Margallo, foreign minister, told the Financial Times: “If Scotland becomes independent in accordance with the legal and institutional procedures, it will ask for admission [to the EU]. If that process has indeed been legal, that request can be considered. If not, then not,” he said.

While he refused to comment directly on whether Spain might veto Scottish accession to the EU after an independence vote, he insisted the cases of Scotland and Catalonia were “fundamentally different”. Madrid would continue to resist a Catalan plan to hold its own referendum on independence less than two months after the Scottish vote in September, he said.

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