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Catalonia Won’t Oppose Budget Deficit Target, ABC Reports

August 03, 2012

The regional government of Catalonia will not resort to going before Spain’s Constitutional Court to challenge the budget deficit target imposed on regions by Spain’s central government, ABC newspaper reported.

Catalonia’s finances have collapsed, it can’t meet payments for health care, and is studying the possibility of adhering to a central government aid mechanism, the newspaper said.

As a result Andreu Mas-Colell, Catalonia’s Finance Chief, has asked to start “from zero” and “open channels of dialog,” ABC cited Mas-Colell as saying during a radio interview on RAC1.

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