Controversial Catalan constitution starts
9 August 2006, BARCELONA – Catalonia’s controversial new constitution came into force on Wednesday.
9 August 2006
BARCELONA – Catalonia’s controversial new constitution came into force on Wednesday.
Pasqual Maragall, president of the Catalan regional government the Generalitat, celebrated the so-called "Estatuto" by a visit to Sant Jaume de Frontanya near Barcelona, the smallest village in the autonomous region.
He said the constitution which gives Catalonia further autonomy from Madrid and describes Catalonia as a "nation" would help the region to become stronger.
According to Maragall, under the new constitution, the Spanish State has a merely residual role.
Maragall said the powers of the regional government now made Catalonia the European region which most resembled a state.
In response, the conservative opposition, which has introduced an appeal to overturn the estatut at the Constitutional Court, renewed its criticism that the estatut amounted to a "parallel constitution" to the Spanish one which is supposed to govern all autonomous regions.
On 1 August, the Consumer Ombudsman, Enrique Mugica, also confirmed he would be presenting a second appeal at the Constitutional Court against Catalonia’s new constitution, claiming it breaches the rights and freedoms laid out in the Spanish Constitution.
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Subject: Spanish news