Monday, 2 January 2012

Penedès News - Summary December 2011

This is a selection of local Penedès news from the month of December, 2011. Click on each headline to read the full article, usually in Catalan or Spanish.

Gran Penedès

Thanks to the now opened new C15 (Eix Diagonal) the travel time from Vilanova i la Geltrú will be 10 minutes to Vilafranca del Penedès and 45 minutes to Manresa.

Generalitat starts using ambit Penedès as concept in infrastructure planning - a first step towards a possible future vegueria

The Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor starts investigating the pension fund scandal at Caixa Penedès, while the bank hopes for a new start by appointing Ricard Banquells General Director.

CiU promises a logistic centre Logis Penedès adapted to local demands – smaller and without any dangerous goods.

Five companies have confirmed their interest in buying D.O. Penedès based Cavas Hill, until now owned by bankrupt Nueva Rumasa.


Sitges historical museums will recuperate their original water front facade and be adopted for wheelchairs through a lift instead of a ramp.

Sitges Film Festival gets a k€ 556 grant from Generalitat via Icic, the Catalan Institute for Cultural Industries.

The Ajuntament of Sitges has filed for bankrupcy for its municipal service centre Sitges Reference.

Local Garraf TV station Canal Blau / Maricel will see cuts in its k€ 450 annual budget.

The tech centre Neàpolis in Vilanova i laGeltrú has been selected to participate in the Generalitat’s stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2012.

For 2012, the CiU government of Vilanova i la Geltrú plans to reduce current expenses with 15% and the support to different organizations with 10%.

Joan Ignasi Elena, ex-Mayor of Vilanova i la Geltrú, forms part of the new PSC leadership and heads up the party's promotion of a left-wing alliance for the next elections to the Catalan parliament.

Generalitat's main investments in Garraf 2012 benefit Sant Pere de Ribes through the contstruction of a new health care centre and the school IES Montgròs.

Alt Penedès

Generalitat's 2012 budget includes a m€3 primary care unit (CAP) at Parc de Llevant in Vilafranca del Penedès.

Mediona based Naulover has opened a flagship store in Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, to promote the international growth of the clothing brand.

Baix Penedès

The waste collection plant Cosbapsa in el Vendrell has been on fire since December 23 and the smoke causes irritation in the areas around Mas Borràs and Coma-Ruga.

Calafell will leave the joint promotion of the gastronomic concept Ruta del Xató in order to save € 3.000 per year.


The Three Wise Men’s Pageboy Faruk has arrived in Igualada carrying a white book with the names of all nice children and a black book listing the naughty ones.

Igualada will replace the waste containers with a plastic version in order to reduce noise.

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This monthly summary is a selection of news which I consider can be of interest to foreigners (expats and long-term tourists) living in Penedès. It is biased towards the comarca Garraf (Vilanova i la Geltrú and Sitges) but also covers Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès and Anoia.

In case you want to draw my attention to a special news item, feel free to ping me on twitter - @wirdheim - where I mark all Penedès related tweets with the hashtag #Penedès.

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