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Jordi Pujol

He kept hidden funds in tax havens for more than three decades.

In the last years in Spain have been uncovered many cases of corruption among politicians of different parties. One of the most scandalous committed frauds is leaded by Pujols’ family.

Jordi Pujol is a Spanish politician considered a reference and historical leader of the region of Catalonia. When democracy was established in Spain, he won the first Catalan parliamentary elections and remained in the position for 23 years widely supported by the voters.

He was the founder of Convergència Democràtica and he is a symbol of Catalan nationalism. But his lasts declarations were not closely related to the independence of Catalonia. He was compelled to confess that he and his family kept hidden funds in tax havens for more than three decades.

The National Court has investigated them for a continuing crime of money laundering. Influence peddling, bribery and perverting the course of justice are some of the large lists of felonies he was denounced.

It remains unknown, but the amount of stolen money estimated it’s between 5 and 8 million euros. The case remains open and centred on the figure of two of the sons, Oleguer Pujol, for money laundering and Jordi Pujol i Ferrussola, who was detained in a preventive way in 2017, however, he was released after paying a deposit of 500,000 euros.

This is a really important social problem that not just involves the powerful politicians but also the culture of “avoiding paying taxes as much as possible” and needs to fight. Spain really needs effective laws against corruption and protection against the complainant but the government and the justice are not being effective and fast enough.

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Alba Esteve, a volunteer from Spain.


Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3, which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.