Zapatero to grant more power to the regions

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8 November 2005, MADRID — Spain's Socialist government is to grant more power to the regions over the administration of justice, immigration, labour regulation, new technology and airports.

8 November 2005

MADRID — Spain's Socialist government is to grant more power to the regions over the administration of justice, immigration, labour regulation, new technology and airports.

Prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, told parliament devolution of power in these areas would not harm the central government.

Zapatero outlined the plans during the second day of debate over the reform of the country's constitution.

Among the government reforms are radical changes to the upper house of parliament or Senate.

Spain's autonomous regions are pushing for a change in the Senate which would make it consider regional matters more.

But the conservative opposition Popular Party bitterly opposed Zapatero's proposed reforms during a stormy debate.

They claim it will destablize the central government.

The debate in parliament, by regional leaders, was the first for seven years.
 
The PP has opposed a bid by Catalonia for quasi-independence and was also against attempts by the Basque Country to break away from Madrid.

The debate in parliament, by regional leaders, was the first for seven years.
 
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news 

 

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