December 2010

About the Catalan Ombudsman

Enric R. Bartlett Castellà's picture

Síndic de Greuges of Catalonia and Defensor del Pueblo of Spain. Two institutions that can and should cooperate.

To protect and defend citizen’s rights and freedoms is the function of the “Síndic de Greuges” (Catalan denomination for Ombudsman). In the Anglo-Saxon world, the Ombudsman is the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Public Administration that fights against bad administration. The Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia of 1979 (EAC) created the “Síndic” as a commissioner from the Catalan Parliament. Since 1984, when it began to act, it has contributed significantly to improving the quality of public administration behaviour and public services output in Catalonia. 

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Europe beyond the Member States

Raül Romeva's picture

Spaces to decide and to incite

Seen with Catalan glasses, the European construction is necessary but, as presently conceived, clearly insufficient. The European Union’s motto is “United in diversity”, a beautiful motto that, in general, universal terms, I share. However, when it is applied to the present European Union, I see it as incomplete, at a minimum. Taking the current Euro-reality into account, the motto “United in the diversity of the States” would be much more convenient. And this is, in my opinion, THE problem: the current States are, unfortunately, the main reason for European paralysis.

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Family meals

Santi Santamaria's picture

I could name a string of dishes that make my mouth water, like macaroni with fried onion-and-tomato sauce and sausages - delicious! -, cooked with a bit of gravy from the roast, like my mother used to make it.

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'Castellers' and television

Vicenç Villatoro's picture

UNESCO has declared Catalan human towers, or castells, to be intangible heritage of humanity. This has been possible, to a large extent, because over the last few years this one hundred year old tradition has experienced a strong revival in Catalonia: the number of groups or colles, events and spectators has multiplied. This impressive revival is due in part to one significant factor: Catalan national television has reserved important time slots at peak viewing hours for re-broadcasts and information about the castells.

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