Saturday, December 31, 2011

The PP will not give incentives for emancipation

The Popular Party has decided to not renew the Basic Income for the Emancipation in force since 4 years ago. The government's spokeswoman, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, has announced this measure in the press conference.

The Royal Decree of November 2007, that ajusted this incentive, indicated that, after 4 years, Ministry of Urban affairs had to make a follow-up and evaluation report about the implementation of the measure. The decision of maitenance, modification or abolition of the law will depend on the report.

At least 301.254 people received this compensation. 34.303 of them received it in the first half of 2011,12'8% more than in the first half of 2010.

This years budget was 364,1 milion €, but it was increased in 46,1 milion during the last year.

The Basic Income for the Emancipation came into effect in 2008 January and it was directed to young people between 22 and 30 years old that received less than 22.000€ as gross income during the previous six months.


Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas


multilingua team

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


This Friday Spain will have a new president. Today, the future president told us what kind of politics is going to use in the next four years. Here we have them.

One of his objectives is to decreese the public budget deficit in about 16.500m euros. Also he is going to decreese the expenditure of the Spanish Public Administration. He is not going to repair the redundancies of the goverment employees, he will do only in basic services. He will remove the early retirement, but he will maintain them only in special situations. It will remove the days of holiday, the famous bridges (when you take more than one day of holiday), changing the holiday days to Mondays, saying that this kind of change will be better for the Spanish economy. But not all the news are bad, because he had said that he will update the retirement pensions with the IPC (Spanish reference to calculate the increase of the contracts, etc.) the 1st of January.

The economic and the unemployment situation in Spain is really dramatic. Spain has actually more than 5,400,000 people on an unemployment situation, more or less the 23% of the total.

He is going to do three different reforms in different fields. He will reform the finnancial sector and the public sector. The future president had said that the new goverment is not going to spend more than the minimum necessary. For example, one of his important changes will be the limit who is going to put into practice to all the Spanish public institutions, in the expenditure and indebtedness. He will change the finnancial system too, reorganizing balances, and promoving the fussion between different banks. For the public administrations and the factories he will promove a reform of the IVA (it is like a tax that it is impose to commercial transaction).

Erik Rios Salazar

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


The AEB employer warns that it is difficult for private consume pull the economy through containment of wages and unemployment.
Is estimated that the Spanish economy will grow about 0.5% in 2011, far short of the forecast, because it predicts a sharp drop in the fourth quarter of the year which could follow another decline in the first months of 2012.

This way, at the end of March of next year, Spain could re-enter in recession, according to forecasts of economic-financial report in December of the Spanish Banking Association.

On the hopeful side, the employer is probable to achieve the fiscal consolidation target for the deficit does not exceed 6% of PIB this year.

The AEB adds that the Spanish economy has reduced its need for financing and debt but says it is very difficult for private consumption pull the economy if you consider containment of wages and high unemployment.

Jon Mikel

Monday, December 19, 2011


Everybody is waiting for the measures that the new spanish primer minister Rajoy is going to announce before the 31st of December. Labour reform and financial reorganization for the second wave of privatizations in the Spanish financial sector. This proccess will directly afect to investers; that's why the National Commission of the Stock Market (CNMV) is asking them for inform transparently about the real value of the stockholding. The aim is to not make problems because of irregular sales.

Experts say that no spanish bank may can keep existing without a merger having less than 100.000 milion € in assets. It would mean that only seven financial institution would exist.

This proccess will start in less than 6 months from the annoncement of these measures. It will affect to the stock market, also.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has criticized the UK´s stance for finding the better way to fix the crisis in the European Union. He has asked for a change of attitude from the UK and to its govern.
These words have gone out after a new failure for trying to find a solution at the reform of the European Union. The UK vetoed a treaty for the 27 members for the European Union, arguing it had to protect the Britannic industry and its economic interest.
Despite the veto of the United Kingdom, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said that he hoped to see the new fiscal deal signed by most EU states by early March.
This new deal is designed to allow closer monitoring of countries' spending, in order to prevent a repeat of the eurozone’s current debt crisis.
This attitude of United Kingdom's prime minister David Cameron's, has strained relations between his Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat, its coalition allies at the govern.
The United Kingdom, in exchange for giving its agreement, asked for a specific protocol on financial services which was a risk to the integrity of the internal market. Criticizing this attitude, the French member of the European Parliament, Joseph Daul, said that "26 of the 27 states have shown responsibility", agreeing that "shared sovereignty is better than sovereignty taken over by the markets".



‘CAF’ company is working for a new contract to export new trains to Saudi Arabia. The contract is almost closed; and it contains the manufacturing of nine trains. Each train will have five wagons, and a locomotive. It has the option of add five more locomotive and seventeen more wagons. This is the second contract with Saudi Arabia in the last three years. In 2008’s June Saudi Arabia’s National Railways signed a contract with ‘CAF’ to manufacture and maintenance eight trains for four years. The contract was valued in 105 million euros. In the last contracts of ‘CAF’ we can find contracts with Houston in the United States (39 trains) and Auckland in Oceania (57 electric trains). In september, the benefits of the company were 84 million euros, 8% more than last year, 2010.

‘CAF’ is probably the most important factory in Gipuzkoa, in the Basque Country. It’s located in Beasain, and the first creation of the company was in 1860, but it takes its actual name in 1971. It creates a lot of different trains and trams for everykind of cities. For example: Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Washington, Rome, Brussels, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Pittsburgh, Lisbon, Belgrade and more underground trains are made in ‘CAF’.

So, this is a good new for basque economy. Nowadays we are in crisis time, so everykind of upturn of our economy is good. We need to help our local companies, because they’ll be the best solution for the crisis in the future. We can say that without good and competitive companies, we’re not going to solve unemployment and economic problem in the Basque Country. That’s the reason why now all the political institutions have to help our local companies. If they help our companies giving everykind of material to go ahead, they’ll surprise us with this kind of news. Then, you’ll feel very proud of your country and the good work of it.

Erik Rios Salazar

'CAF' company's factory, in Beasain.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

GOEM: Go on and employ me!


Today was sight-seeing day in Germany. To start the day, we started by waking up, and having breakfast with our families like everyday. Then, we went to the bus station to take a bus to go to different places in the region.

First, we went to Esslingen by bus. There, we visited Esslingen castle, and from there we walked to the centre for a short guided tour. We visited the Christmas and Medieval Market. When we were there, we got something to eat in the Market. Everything was delicious!

The second stop of the journey was in Sindelfingen. In this town, we visited the place where the Mercedes cars are produced. It was incredible! The factory was enormous (the biggest in Europe, and probably in the world), and it was really incredible to see the machines and workers working so fast. A recommended visit!

To finish our visit in the region, we went to Metzingen, a famous place for its factory outlets, to do some shopping. It was really amazing!

To finish the day, we returned to Nürtingen, and then we went to our partner's home. We were very tired.


GOEM: Go on and employ me!


Today was the day. We started our day as everyday in Germany. We woke up early in the morning, and we had breakfast before we went to school. When we arrived to the school, we were very nervous, because it was the day of our presentations.

But first, we do some different things. We were divided into different groups, but in each group there was a minimum of one person from each country. Then, they told us that we had to create a new product, and all the things that people usually do when they create a new product. For example description of the product, name of the company, logo, designs, advertising, price... So, we spent half of the morning doing that job in different groups. It was strange, we were very nervous. We knew that the other presentation was waiting for us.

At 11:15 a.m. we started to present the slideshows we prepared in our countries. We were the last ones, after the people from Norway and Northern Ireland. The presentations of the other schools were very well designed. We were very nervous, but that sensation dissapeared when the presentation started. We felt better then.

After the presentations we went to have lunch at the school’s Cafeteria, and during the afternoon we spent the time finishing our product design project, and then making a presentation about them. It was really entertaining to see all the products that people can imagine!

When we finished, we started to prepare the ‘Comenius Party’. The party started at 18:30, and it finished at 23:00 p.m, It was time to go home, and relax for the next day.


Friday, December 2, 2011

GOEM: Go on and employ me!

This was our first day at school. We arrived around 8 o'clock in the morning and we had the chance of meet all the students there. Northern irish, norwegian, german and basque students met all together at rooms 126/127.

At first, we met our pre-desginated partner to make an introduction about the other in front of the whole group.

After that, we divided the big group into small ones and played some games through the school before going to the city.

German students prepared for us a game. It consisted on some German students, distributed through the city centre, would ask us some questions and the groups had to try answering them correctly. The group that could answer all the questions would be the winner. We played it after the lunch break.

We finished the day having dinner all together in a local restaurant.


GOEM: Go on and employ me!

First day: Arrival to Germany

Sunday morning, at 9 o'clock, we met at the bus station in San Sebastian. Our bus was leaving the city at this time. Our flight was taking off at 12:40 pm.
We arrived Stuttgart around 2 o'clock. Our host families were waiting for us at the terminal. They brought us to their hometowns and we spent the whole afternoon with them visiting each one's city, or watching films at home, etc.
We knew that irish students would arrive later in the afternoon. On the other hand, norwegians were arriving at night, but we did not meet them until next day. This was going to be our first day at the german school.