Friday 23 September 2011
First CEIM Prizes Awarded

The projects 'IPE sostenible' and 'MiHouse', created by students in the class on sustainability at the ESARQ School of Architecture, were the winners at the first edition of the prizes of the CEIM Industrialized Construction Using Environmental Parameters Department held at the UIC

Wednesday 29 July 2009
Avantmèdic, a company linked to the Pujol Group, new sponsor of the Lleida Basket Ball Team

The company of supermarkets finishes sponsorship of the Lleida Basket ball Team and Pujol Group continues the sponsorship with one of its companies

Friday 17 July 2009
Jordi Pujol: «We entered into Spanair for patriotism, but there is a business»

The investment by Pujol of one million euros in Spanair is a gesture of confidence in the future and in the capacity of the airport of Barcelona (Prat) to attract long haul flights, necessary for the Catalan econom

Tuesday 21 April 2009

Josep Maria Pujol and Isabel Arqué receive the Creu de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Cross)

Today, a total of 27 individuals and 15 organizations received the Creu de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Cross) award from the president of the Generalitat, José Montilla. The Catalan Government has extended this award since 1981 to those who have excelled in the civic and cultural arenas, and in defence of the identity and uniqueness of Catalonia. Among them were two individuals from Lleida: the businessman from Mollerussa and former chairman of the Corporate Council of the University of Lleida, Josep Maria Pujol, and the founder of the Alba School and wife of Josep Vallverdú, Isabel Arqué.

Josep Maria Pujol, known for his work as head of the precast concrete manufacturing group that bears his name, and the Barcelona educator responsible for founding the Alba School of Lleida in the final years of the Franco regime, gave public thanks for an honour that they both consider a more-than-worthy capstone to the paths they have pursued in their life’s work—efforts that they have made, in part, on behalf of the region of Lleida and its residents. Pujol is receiving the award in his 67th year, at an age when so many are already retired; nevertheless, he sees this as no obstacle in continuing forward: “The only thing I know how to do is work, and to tell the truth, I don’t see myself giving it up.” Such awards, he feels, are "always welcome," but if they are useful in some way, it is to keep one doing what one has been doing all along. “If they give you an award, it’s because of what you are, and what you do. It lets you know that the path you’ve been following has been the right one, and you have known how to surround yourself with good partners.”

Isabel Arqué, 86, lives with her husband, the writer Josep Vallverdú, in l’Espluga de Francolí (Tarragona). She learned she had been named for the award in early April: "They told me, and although I knew my name was among those nominated, the news filled me with pride.” The Alba School is a key part of the pedagogical renewal that Catalonia has experienced. The centre was born in 1969 as a private school, but is now part of the public instructional network of the Catalonian government, among which it shines as one of the most prestigious centres. "Today it is a public school, but it maintains the legacy of all those who helped to found it," says Arqué.

Other award winners include the founder, chairman, and major shareholder of Mango, the Sephardic Jewish entrepreneur Isak Andic; the former secretary general of the trade union CCOO in Catalonia, Joan Coscubiela; gynaecologist Santiago Dexeus; and writer Ana María Matute, among others. Indeed, the awarding of a Creu de Sant Jordi to Matute a few days ago caused a certain discomfort among some nationalist politicians, such as former Secretary of Education Carme Laura Gil (of the Convergència i Unió party), who openly criticized the recognition accorded to the writer. In Gil’s personal opinion, Matute, who always has always written in Spanish and who is one of the signers of the recent Manifesto for a Common Language in defence of Spanish, is not a good candidate for the Creu de Sant Jordi. In addition to individuals, the government has also recognized 15 organizations, including the Caixa d’Estalvis de Sabadell, a bank that is celebrating its 150th anniversary, as well as the Joan Miró Foundation and the Alfonso Comín Foundation, both marking their 25th year of existence.

On behalf of the awardees, the journalist Enric Frigola indicated that the wide variety of recipients proves the "diversity" of Catalan society, and that among the commonalities of the winners, he highlighted the "firmness, service to country, and dedication” that all have shown in their work. For José Montilla, President of the Government of Catalonia, the winners are examples of "encouragement and guidance" for Catalans. "Catalonia needs virtuous citizens today more than ever," he said, shortly before recognizing all the winners for their roles as examples. Such effort is necessary in order to extract "the essential values" that Catalonia needs to regain her confidence.

    Category/ies: Awards,Ceremonies,Prefabricados Pujol.