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Spain Today – Monday 4 March 2024

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In Monday’s Spanish National News, Guardia Civil seizes almost 1,200 kilos of hashish hidden in a truck transporting fruit to Italy, police officer imprisoned for illegal detention of vulnerable individual, political group proposes independent body to prevent corruption, and unemployment figures will lead the statistics news.

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The Guardia Civil has located almost 1,200 kg of hashish that was transported hidden inside the cooling mechanism of a truck that transported fruit and vegetables on an international route.

The discovery took place during a verification point in an industrial zone in La Muela (Zaragoza). In it, a truck made a suspicious manoeuvre when it noticed the police presence, which is why it was immediately detained. The driver was identified, who had a police record for events related to crimes against public health, and the merchandise was searched.

The Valladolid Court has sentenced a National Police agent to 3 years in prison, after he was tried for illegally detaining and beating a man with mental health problems who in May 2022 entered the Parquesol Police Station to request psychiatric admission believing that it was a hospital.

In its ruling, the Fourth Criminal Section of the Provincial Court considers that the public official has proven the authorship of a crime of illegal detention – they apply the mitigating circumstance of reparation for damage -, deserving of three-year sentence. of prison and eight years of disqualification from practicing the profession.

The Sumar political group are to propose the creation of an independent body for the prevention of corruption today, as recommended by the Group of States against Corruption (Greco) and as other countries have already implemented, but Spain where countless corruption cases are still ongoing, has not.

The leader of Sumar and second vice president of the Government, Yolanda Díaz, announced this in an interview as a central measure of a “battery of proposals” that her parliamentary group will register to prevent a new ‘Koldo case’ from being repeated.

To read these articles in full, visit SpainToday.news

Business, Markets and Statistics

The week begins in Spain with the publication of unemployment and Social Security affiliation figures for February, as well as data on tourist spending and border movements.

In the eurozone, the Sentix index of investment confidence will be the main reference, on a day in which the EU Energy Ministers meet.

In Spain, the Ministry of Labour publishes the registered unemployment figures for February, and the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration publishes Social Security affiliation figures for February.

The Institute of National Statistics (INE) disseminates the survey of tourist spending and border movements for January and 2023, as well as the railway transport statistics for the fourth quarter.

In the Eurozone, the ECB publishes bank interest rate statistics, the March Sentix index of investment confidence comes to light, and Eurostat publishes trade data with China for 2023.

At the Transportation, Telecommunications and Energy Council, Ministers will exchange views on the state of work in relation to security of supply and preparations for winter 2024-2025.

In the UK, we will have the CBI Monthly Growth Indicator, and UK Finance household finance review.

Things to Do Today

In Torrevieja, you can enjoy Peter and the Wolf on 10 March, then take a Trip to Oz, with the kids, on 15, and then the Magical world of Disney concert on 16. Classical music fans have a Beethoven concert in the International Auditorium on 23 March.

Sports fans in Torrevieja have lots to look forward to with the likes of a solidarity race on the 10 March, World Football on 15th, a rugby competition from 22 to 24, football on the 28 to 31, and handball on the same weekend.

For runners, on 10 March, Elche has both as 7.2k and half marathon, Crevillente on 6 April has a 6k race, and the Dama de Guardamar half marathon, which takes the form of both a 10k and 21k variant and will take place in Guardamar del Segura on 14 April 2024.

For more local events, pick up The Leader newspaper every Monday, and This is Torrevieja for Torrevieja events.

Local Markets

Monday is market day in Elche and Santa Pola.

The roads will of course be busy around those locations.

Traffic and Travel

Road wise, there´s nothing significant planned but remember that if you are venturing into the mountain areas, which in some cases might be less than an hour from the sunny coast, snow chains should be a consideration to avoid getting stranded.

I will tell you more about it nearer the time, but a seat belt campaign will be taking place soon in Spain.

For information and updates about driving in Spain, visit N332.es

Official Websites for Travel Information

Weather

Always check the weather where you are before embarking on a trip. Here are the official sources for alerts and warnings.

On This Day

1990, a new Traffic Law is approved in Spain, with much more severe penalties.

1984, in Murcia, the bribery of journalists forces the resignation of Hernández Ros as regional president.

1980, Spain’s National Court issues a conviction against those involved in the massacre of labour lawyers on calle Atocha. The material authors of the multiple murder are sentenced to 193 years each and the accomplices and inducers to sentences ranging between 1 and 73 years in prison.

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