News from El Punt Avui

Speedier solution for abusive bank clauses

Just over a month after the EU Court of Justice ruled that Spain's financial institutions that used abusive clauses which put a cap on falling mortgage interest rates are liable and must repay the money...

Voice for creative women

Barnasants celebrates its 22nd edition and revindicates the role of the creative struggle of the fighting woman, starting January 27 in Hospitalet

international

Chinese president urges leaders to say “no to protectionism”

The president of China, Xi Jinping, yesterday urged world leaders to “say no to protectionism” and stay committed to the development and promotion of free trade. “We must remain committed to the...

EMPLOYMENT

Lost jobs to be regained in five years

The Catalan labour market could return to pre-crisis levels in five years, according to a new report. The document estimates that over 80,000 jobs could be created in Catalonia in 2017, representing an...

Confident Pérez signs contract extension

Espanyol's Paraguayan winger Hernán Pérez yesterday signed a contract extension until 2020 with a buyout clause of €30 million. “He is a player who is committed to what the club wants,” said Managing...

busineSS

CaixaBank expecting to close 52 BPI branches

CaixaBank anticipates it will be forced to cut 900 jobs in the Banc Portuguès d'Inversions (BPI) over the next three years and close 52 branch offices this year with the aim of improving the efficiency...

New reference price index for rent

New scheme means flats advertised at a higher rent than the index will have to carry a warning to alert renters

Beginning of a new era

President Puigdemont holds a conference at Teatre Romea vowing a binding referendum and calling on the public to show its commitment to the process

fashion

080 Barcelona fashion show against anorexia

The 080 Barcelona Fashion show is to include professionals trained in preventing eating disorders, which affect 28,000 young people in Catalonia and which is prevalent in the fashion industry. The Catalan...

business

Rents go up in 2016 by 27%, highest in Spain

Rents prices have shot through the roof with no sign of the rise slowing. Last year, rents rose 26.8% in Catalonia, the highest in Spain, where the average rise was 15.9%. The figures come from the website...