Joaquim Nadal i Farreras

Joaquim Nadal i Farreras

Joaquim Nadal i Farreras (Girona, 1948), Catalan politician and professor of contemporary history at the University of Girona.

name = Joaquim Nadal i Farreras

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birth_place = Barcelona (Barcelonès)
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office = Minister of Town and Country Town and Public Works of the Generalitat de Catalunya
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term_start = December 17, 2003
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predecessor = Felip Puig i Godes
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office2 = Government Spokesperson of the Generalitat de Catalunya
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term_start2 = December 17, 2003
term_end2 = November 29, 2006
predecessor2 = Artur Mas i Gavarró
successor2 = Aurora Massip i Treig
office3 = Mayor of Girona
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term_start3 = 1979
term_end3 = 2002
predecessor3 = Ignasi de Ribot i Batlle
successor3 = Anna Pagans i Guartmoner
party = PSC
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spouse = Candelària Sobrequés
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Born into an influential Girona family, Joaquim Nadal’s parents belong to the Opus Dei [CLARA, 1987: 90.] , and some of his brothers have also had outstanding public careers, such as Josep Maria Nadal i Farreras, vice-chancellor of the University of Girona from its founding in 1991 until 2002, and Manel Nadal i Farreras, member like him of the "Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya" and currently secretary for mobility in the Department of Town and Country Planning and Public Works of the "Generalitat de Catalunya", headed by Joaquim Nadal himself, since 2003. Joaquim Nadal is also the nephew of Jordi Nadal i Oller, historian of economics and former director of the University College of Girona [CLARA, 1987: 91.] .

Years as mayor of Girona (1979-2002)

Joaquim Nadal i Farreras was the first democratically elected mayor of Girona following the Spanish transition in 1979, heading the list of the Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC-PSOE). He held this office until his resignation in 2002. He was succeeded by Anna Pagans i Gruartmoner, member of the same political party as Nadal. During his period as mayor of Girona he undertook the ambitious renovation of the Old Quarter (1982), along with a promotion of "Call Jueu", an old Jewish ghetto of Girona. He also had work done on the urban area of "“l'Eixample”", enlarged the city with the controversial creation of extensive developed areas of single-family housing, and expanded and improved infrastructures for social services of the city, attempting to balance inequality between the different neighbourhoods. Some questions were to remain pending, such as an in-depth reform of the inefficient and deficit-ridden public transport system, the integration of the more marginalised neighbourhoods of "Font de la Pólvora" and "Vila-roja", and a solution for the shantytown problem in sprawling "Torre Alfons XII". One of Nadal’s most controversial and polemical projects was the bypass for the N-II Highway (now A-2) through the unspoiled and protected (PEIN) area of the "Sant Daniel" valley (at the foot of the "Gavarres") [RUHÍ; NUSS, 2006.] . While he was mayor of Girona he also held the post of president of Federation of Municipalities of Catalonia (1981-1985) and a seat as member of the Parliament of Catalonia (from 1984). In 1995 he was candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia for the PSC-PSOE, but was not elected. During the 5th legislature of the Parliament of Catalonia (1995-1999) he was president of the socialist parliamentary group and spokesperson of the same group from 1999.

Period in Catalan government (2003-present)

In 2003 Nadal entered the government of Pasqual Maragall (PSC) – after having resigned as mayor – as Minister of the Department of Town and Country Planning and Public Works of the Generalitat of Catalonia and was appointed government spokesperson. He was considered to be number 4 in the government, after Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira (ERC) (until his resignation in 2004 after the Perpignan affair), Josep Bargalló (ERC) and Joan Saura (ICV), architects and members of what was to be known as the tripartite government. In 2005 Nadal found himself involved in the "Carmel Crisis", arising from the collapse of a building in the Barcelona neighbourhood of "Carmel", caused by work on the extension of Underground Line 5, and the subsequent evacuation of 84 other buildings. The opposition party, Convergència i Unió, led by Artur Mas, called for Nadal’s resignation as minister responsible for the safety of the works, while the entire tripartite government accused CIU of having poorly planned a project which that party had begun under the previous Jordi Pujol government. Finally, the government gave Nadal a vote of confidence, but his image as a politician was damaged. With the initiative of the department he directs, Nadal has promoted and approved the Transport Infrastructures Plan for Catalonia (PITC), which is to direct all new infrastructures – highway and rail – in Catalonia until 2026. The PITC includes what is known as the transverse railway axis, which, following a route similar to the transverse road axis of the government of Jordi Pujol, is to provide transport links between central Catalonia and the territories of Lleida and Girona [Documents on PITC in GENCAT (http://www10.gencat.ent/ptop/AppJava/cat/plans/sectors/pitc.jsp)] .

With the break-up of the tripartite government in May, 2006, as a result of the expulsion of the ERC ministers, Nadal took over as head of the department of the Presidency and the department for the Information Society (previously grouped together in a single department with universities and research), until the end of the 2003-2006 government. Joaquim Nadal was reappointed to the office of Minister of Town and Country Planning and Public Works in the new government headed by José Montilla on 29 November, 2006. However, his prior position as government spokesman was eliminated.

Academic career and publications

In terms of academic activity Nadal has intermittently taught at the University of Liverpool (1970-1972), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1972-1992) and the University of Girona (from 1992). His research work has been devoted to the 18th century in Catalonia, Spanish economic history of the 19th century and local history, concentrating on various contributions to the history of Girona. Nadal has also published a number of books, such as:
* _es. "Municipi i Ciutat"
* _es. "Girona com a exemple" (1988)
* _es. "Girona. Mirant el present, pensant el futur" (1991)
* _es. "Girona, ciutat viva i de colors" (1999)
* _es. "La Catedral de Girona" (2003)
* _es. "Catalunya, Catalanisme i Socialisme" (2003)
* Responsible for the edition of the work by Emili Grahit i Papell, "Memorias de un ex-alcalde gerundense" (2003).
* _es. "Vides amb nom" (2005), a collection of most of his biographical articles published in the press, "Dietari 2003".
* _es. "Apunts d'un any electoral" (2006)
* _es. "Discursos i conferències" (2006)
* _es. "Quaderns de viatge" (2006)
* _es. "Per a una Història de Girona. Una bibliografia bàsica" (2008).



*CLARA, Josep, El personal polític de l'Ajuntament de Girona (1917-1987). Girona: Cercle d'Estudis Històrics i Socials, 1987. ISBN 84-505-4982-5
*RUHÍ, Albert; NUSS, Sergi, "La síndrome de la variant de Sant Daniel" (http://www.eldimoni.com7article.php?id_article=2874), a El Dimoni de Santa Eugènia de Ter, 2006.

External links

* [ Department of Town and Country Planning and Public Works] Ca icon
* [ City Council of Girona]
* [ Joaquim Nadal in the electronic edition of the newspaper EL PAIS] Es icon
* [ Review of the book Emilio Grahit y Papell. Memorias de un ex-alcalde gerundense] Ca icon

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