Spanish Constitutional Court rejects 3 appeals against the Catalan Statute of Autonomy

Aragon, the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community each presented a different appeal before the Court against some articles and dispositions of Catalonia’s main law, the Statute of Autonomy, which was approved in 2006 by a referendum. The magistrates have completely rejected Aragon and the Balearic Islands’ appeals and have “not admitted” the appeal from the Valencian Community.


September 9, 2010 11:03 PM

Madrid (ACN).- The Spanish Constitutional Court has rejected the appeals against the Catalan Statute of Autonomy from Aragon and Balearic Islands. The appeals were relating to the 13th additional disposal regarding the Aragon Crown Archives, to which Catalonia was the political and economic centre. The Court has also “not admitted” the Valencian Community’s appeal, saying that point 5 of article 206 regarding levelling mechanisms on public funding is constitutional. They have also declared article 220 regarding the Mixed Commission Spanish State-Catalan Government on Economic Affairs and Taxation and point 1 of the 3rd additional disposal regarding Spanish State’s investments in Catalonia as constitutional. There are still 3 other appeals against the Catalan Statute of Autonomy from 2 other Autonomous Communities to be decided upon: Murcia and La Rioja, as well as from the Spanish Ombudsman.

On the 28th of June, the Spanish Constitutional Court decided on the Conservative and Spanish Nationalist People’s Party’s (PP) appeal against Catalonia’s main law, the Statute of Autonomy. The appeal questioned more than a hundred articles in an extremely controversial debate, completely politicised by all sides. With a delegitimized court, the Court trimmed Catalonia’s Statute of Autonomy, which had previously been approved via referendum, as well as by the Spanish and the Catalan Parliaments. The Court’s decision had a tremendous impact on Catalan politics, as well as Spanish ones. Catalonia’s independence movement grew and the biggest demonstration ever support calling Catalonia a nation filled Barcelona streets with more than one million people.