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Both leading political groups in Spain, the PP and PSOE, have this week agreed a pact in which they will collectively approach Europe for the good of the country of Spain. The President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, underlined the importance of the…

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Both leading political groups in Spain, the PP and PSOE, have this week agreed a pact in which they will collectively approach Europe for the good of the country of Spain. The President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, underlined the importance of the agreement, and said that the pact “wins for Spain and wins for the Spanish citizens” because it offers more reliability, more credit and more confidence in the country.

The Government will abolish or merge a total of 57 organizations, agencies or foundations of the Central Government, in a reform move that they hope will mean further cuts in budgets, and further subsequent savings. Top of the list for abolition are the youth council and the horse breeding program of the armed forces and Guardia Civil. The official women´s institute will merge with the equality team, whereas operations such as military construction and consumer affairs will also merge into one group. There will be further amalgamations across the rail industry, scientific research, culture, education and more, including joining departments within the social services sector, all with the same aim of simplifying procedures and saving money.

A luxury yacht sliced the fibre optic cable between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera last week, cutting the ADSL and telephone connection for 2,600 people, according to Telefónica. The boat cut through the cable some 1,640 metres off the coast of Es Cudels. The telephone company managed to restore voice services through their backup radio network in a matter of hours, but the internet connection required underwater work to repair the cables. The entire crew of the Dutch flag flying boat Dwinger were detained by the Guardia Civil on arrival at Torrevieja, as they are believed to have anchored the ship in a prohibited area in the vicinity of the cables.

The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) has opened disciplinary proceedings against internet giant Google, in relation to the new unified privacy policy for most of its services, which were implemented by the company in March last year. The procedure is intended to clarify, among other things, whether the combination of data from various services complies with the guarantees of information and privacy to users, and if the date is used for legitimate information processing, as well as compliance with retention periods. The procedure will also seek to clarify if users have options to exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition, as required by the Spanish Data Protection legislation.

Manufacturers from Spain will soon be able to display a badge of distinction that shows that products have been sourced and made in the country, which will allow them to be identified as being “home sourced”, as an indicator of quality against inferior, imported brands. It is hoped that it will also so which companies support local suppliers in their supply chain, rather than sourcing cheaper products from overseas.

The president of Caja Madrid, Miguel Blesa, was released from prison on Thursday, at the request of the prosecution, after which he said a few words echoed by his lawyer that the two weeks he spent incarcerated had been unjust, and would be difficult to repair. The release occurred following the collapse of a case which was being investigated simultaneously, which gave doubt to the evidence previously presented.

Five people were sentenced to up to six years in prison this week, for their part in a fire that caused the deaths of 19 people, thirteen of which were children and two were fire fighters, in a nursery in the Doha shopping centre in Qatar. Four of the children killed were Spanish. Qatar’s ambassador in Belgium, Ali Bin Jassim al-Thani, and his wife, are amongst those sentenced, as they owned the shopping centre. The fire broke out on the 28th of May and quickly spread to the nursery where the children were being supervised.

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