Record EUR 30,000 fine over Spanish paperwork
13 September 2004, BARCELONA – The Generalitat or regional government of Catalonia fined the Post Office Monday a record EUR 30,000 for failing to print stationery in both Catalan and Spanish.
13 September 2004
BARCELONA – The Generalitat or regional government of Catalonia fined the Post Office Monday a record EUR 30,000 for failing to print stationery in both Catalan and Spanish.
The Post Office has claimed it has paperwork in both languages in 95 percent of its branches.
Pere Esteve, regional government minister for Commerce, Tourism and Consumer Affairs, said the Post Office had committed a "grave infraction" of the Linguistic Law, which states companies must print paperwork in both languages.
Esteve said because of the "large demand" for paperwork in Catalan it was necessary to have it printed in both languages which the Post Office had failed to do.
He said 70 people had complained that the Post Office would only print forms or posters in Spanish and French.
The "offences" were spotted at 20 branches of the Post Office in different parts of Catalonia.
Esteve said inspections revealed that the company had failed to comply with the Linguistic Law.
But Vicens Ibáñez, Post Office spokesman in Catalonia, claimed the company had only received notification of the complaints in July but had not had time to respond properly.
Since the Linguistic Law was brought in, the Generalitat has received 445 complaints from residents who claimed companies had failed to comply.
Of these, only nine have been fined a total of EUR 43,216.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news