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Spain: Royal Decree on Legal Deposit of Online Content

(Aug. 19, 2015) Given the special characteristics of online publications, with a multitude of works being created daily and the difficulty of their capture, storage, and preservation, the Spanish government has changed the rules applicable to the legal deposit of these publications by issuing Royal Decree 635/2015. (Royal Decree 635/2015, BOLETIN OFICIAL DEL ESTADO (BOE) […]

Spain: Criminal Sanctions for Foreign Fighters and Anti-Terrorism Measures Under Consideration

(Oct. 16, 2014) The government is considering an amendment to the Penal Code that would make it a crime of terrorism to participate and fight in armed conflicts abroad on behalf of groups considered to be illegal militias. (Miguel González, El Gobierno Estudia Castigar como Delito el Combatir en el Extranjero, EL PAIS (Sept. 16, […]

Spain: Government Withdraws Proposed Legislation Amending Abortion Law

(Oct. 16, 2014) On September 23, 2014, Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, confirmed the withdrawal of a proposal submitted by the government to amend the country’s 2010 abortion legislation, because the government did not have the consensus needed to pass the amendment. (Rajoy Confirma la Retirada de la Ley del Aborto de Gallardón, ABC.ES (Sept. […]

Spain: Government Amends Citizens Safety Bill

(June 6, 2014) Spain’s government has decided to make changes to controversial legislation that amends the Citizen Safety Law. The amending legislation was subjected to intense criticism from the opposition and members of civil society groups. (Anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica para la Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana, Ministry of the Interior website (Nov. 2013) [the […]

Spain: Constitutional Court Finds Catalonia Sovereignty Declaration Unconstitutional

(Apr. 24, 2014) In response to a legal challenge made by the Spanish government, on March 25, 2014, the Constitutional Court (CC) of Spain ruled that the sovereignty declaration passed by Catalonia’s regional parliament early last year is unconstitutional. (El Constitucional Considera Ilegal que Cataluna Se Declare Soberana, EL PAÍS (Mar. 25, 2014).) Under the […]

Spain: Abortion Reform Proposed

(Jan. 23, 2014) In December 2013, the Government of Spain submitted legislation that would amend the current law on abortion, which had been passed by the Socialist government in 2010, in a manner that would restrict access to abortions (Anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica para la Protección de la Vida del Concebido y de los Derechos […]

Spain: Reinstatement of Wealth Tax

(Sept. 28, 2011) As a response to the serious economic crisis in Spain, the government decided to temporarily reinstate the wealth tax for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. (Royal Decree-Law [RDL] 13/2011 of Sept. 16, 2011, 224 BOLETÍN OFICIAL DEL ESTADO (Sept. 17, 2011).) The government had abolished the tax in 2008 in order to […]

Spain: Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Include Debt Ceiling Provision

(Aug. 30, 2011) On August 26, 2011, the two major political parties in Spain, the ruling Socialists (PSOE) and the opposition Popular Party (PP), agreed on a constitutional amendment that, if approved, would limit the public debt and impose a balanced budget standard for the government as a whole. (Manuel Sánchez, PSOE y PP Registran […]

European Union; Spain: Temporary Limitation of Free Movement of Romanian Workers

(Aug. 17, 2011) On August 11, 2011, the European Commission allowed Spain to temporarily restrict the access of Romanian workers to its labor market. (2011/503/EU: Commission Decision of 11 August 2011 Authorising Spain to Temporarily Suspend the Application of Articles 1 to 6 of Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 of the European Parliament and of the […]

Spain: Bill on Dignified Death

(Feb. 2, 2011) The Government of Spain, through its Ministry of Health, is preparing a new bill on “death with dignity” that is expected to be ready to be submitted to the Council of Ministers by March 2011. (Pajín Asegura que la Futura Ley de Muerte Digna no Regulara la Eutanasia, LA VANGUARDIA (Jan. 26, […]