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The Catalan Government accuses the Spanish Executive of invading competences and duplicating rules and services

The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, presented a report that analyses the normative and organisation duplicities at Spanish and Catalan level. The study, compiled by a Catalan Government's institute, concludes that the Spanish Government permanently invades Catalonia’s exclusive competences, both at normative and organisational levels. According to Homs, the Spanish Government’s attitude creates “contradictions” and “legal uncertainty”, which harms investments and the economy. Homs accused the Spanish Government of “keeping important administrative structures” despite having decentralised the competence, as is the case with tourism.


24 October 2012 01:15 AM



Barcelona (ACN).- According to a study presented on Tuesday by the Catalan Government, the Spanish Executive has the generalised attitude of invading devolved competences, while duplicating rules and administrative structures. The Spokesperson for the Catalan Executive, Francesc Homs, accused the Spanish Government of creating \u201Ccontradictions\u201D that result in \u201Clegal uncertainty\u201D that \u201Cmake investments difficult and economic recovery impossible\u201D. The study, compiled by the Institute of Autonomic Studies \u2013 which is run by the Catalan Government, reveals that the Spanish Government has been \u201Cconstantly issuing new laws and rules\u201D on powers run by the Catalan Government, stated Homs, particularly in the last decade. Furthermore, the regulation is so detailed that it leaves almost no room for the Catalan Government to create its own regulations on the subject and sub-subjects. Besides, the study also emphasises the duplication at organisational level. Homs mentioned the example of tourism powers, which have been completely devolved and, in principle, are exclusively managed at Catalan level. The Spanish Government has its own Tourism Department (within the Industry Ministry) as well as the Spanish Tourism Institute. Despite having decentralised this competence, the Spanish Executive still employs 5,084 civil servants working in tourism, managing a \u20AC991 million budget. Additionally, Homs stated that Spain ranks very low on bureaucracy agility and legal certainty, \u201Cat a similar level to Uganda\u201D, he said.

\u201CThis is what harms the economy\u201D, Homs replied to Montoro

\u201CThis is what harms the economy, this is what does not work\u201D,not the debate on Catalonia\u2019s political future, according to Homs. The Catalan Spokesperson was replying to the Spanish Finance Minister, Crístobal Montoro, who earlier on Tuesday had criticised the Catalan President, Artur Mas, for \u201Clifting political flags up\u201D because \u201Che does not know how to fight against the economic crisis\u201D. Montoro also asked for \u201Cinstitutional loyalty\u201D to \u201Cwork in unity to leave the economic crisis behind\u201D. Showing the press a copy of the report, Homs stated \u201Cthis is the only flag we are lifting up\u201D, which underlines \u201Ca regulation mess\u201D created by the Spanish Government.

\u201CIn the light of this report, we need some kind of our own state\u201D

Homs emphasised that \u201Cin the end, who pays for the mess are the citizens and companies of our country [Catalonia]\u201D. The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government concluded that \u201Cit is obvious that, in the light of this report, the absurd duplicities and the consequences they have for people, we need some kind of our own state\u201D.

Duplicities in most of the areas and sub-areas

Last May, the Catalan Government asked the Institute for Autonomic Studies (IEA) to run an analysis of the legislative and organisational duplicities between the Catalan and Spanish executives. The IEA issued a report of more than 300 pages, detailing firstly legislative duplicities and later the organisation ones. According to the analysis, there are legislative duplicities in most of the sectors and activities, including agriculture, hunting, fishing water, foundations, retail, consumption, education, housing, industry, environment, media, local administration, social services, tourism, and town planning. Furthermore, there are also duplicated structures, in fields such as consumption, culture, sport, youth, environment, genre equality, local administrations, social services, family, healthcare, labour relations, employment, and tourism.

Homs asked the Spanish Government for \u201Cinstitutional loyalty\u201D

Homs presented the study to the press on Tuesday and underlined that despite having transferred certain powers, the Spanish Government still keeps \u201Cimportant administrative structures\u201D working on such areas. \u201CThey should not work on such areas\u201D since they are run by the Catalan Government, in the case of Catalonia, but they keep most of the previous structure and staff. According to Homs, \u201Cinstitutional loyalty\u201D would be to reduce these structures and not invade competences.

When asked about a report stating the contrary issued by the Spanish Government and underlining the existence of a Catalan Ombudsman while a Spanish Ombudsman already existed, Homs stated that the Catalan Ombudsman is recognised by the Catalan Statute of Autonomy, approved by the Spanish Parliament and validated by the Spanish Constitutional Court. Therefore, Homs asked the Spanish Government to respect the laws approved at Spanish level and \u201Cto be more consistent\u201D.


  • The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, presenting the report on duplicities (by P. Mateos)

  • The Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, presenting the report on duplicities (by P. Mateos)