Zapatero's plan to 'modernise' Spain

23rd August 2004, Comments 0 comments

23 August 2004, MAHON – Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced Monday large increases in spending on housing and research and development.

23 August 2004

MAHON – Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced Monday large increases in spending on housing and research and development.

The government is to raise spending on housing by 30 percent and by 25 percent on research, said the Spanish premier.

Government sources said it was part of the Socialist government's plans to "modernise" Spain.

Zapatero said extra spending on research and development would allow Spanish universities and companies to compete on an equal basis with the rest of Europe.

The prime minister added that more cash would be devoted to the special housing needs of the Balearic and Canary Islands, where pressure on space has forced housing prices beyond many people.

Zapatero, who made the announcements while on holiday with his family in Menorca, said all-party support had also been secured for its new draft law to crackdown on domestic violence.

The new law represented an attack on "criminal machismo" to "put an end to the suffering of women".

Zapatero added his government would recognise the right of gay couples to marry to end "reactionary attitudes" which, in his view, existed in Spain.

The prime minister also condemned the latest ETA bombings over the weekend in Galicia, when two small explosions left three people injured.

He told the terrorists: "The only road is to end violence."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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