The Senate will be forced to increase its budget by almost one million euros a year to hire simultaneous and written translators, in addition to undertaking an initial investment to buy equipment, install booths and set up offices let them house their new staff. All this will be necessary for the Galicians to understand each other with the Andalusians, the Extremadurans with the Basques, the Catalans with the Castilians and everyone with everyone.
This Wednesday, the plenary session of the Upper House has approved by an absolute majority, thanks to the 113 senators of the PSOE, a proposal from Junts per Catalunya for the Reform of the Senate Regulations for the total integration of co-official languages. And with her, The PSOE has endorsed the statement of reasons for the initiative of Carles Puigdemont’s party, which says verbatim that “the Spanish State based its democratic recovery, after the dictatorship of General Franco, on a plurinational and multilingual state”.
The initiative, with only two articles and two final provisions, was approved with the support of the PSOE, ERC, PNV, Bildu … and of course Junts. He only received the vote against the 105 parliamentarians that include the PP, Vox, Cs and UPN. Some blocks that recall without nuances the support that the Government added for the 2021 Budgets, and that are now beginning to be negotiated in the public accounts for 2022.
The use of the co-official languages in the Upper House will be universalized, which at present is only allowed for the debates of motions in the plenary session, will have a cost of 950,000 euros, according to the Junts spokesman, Josep Lluís Cleries, signer of a document.
Curiously, this happened only one day after the ex-convergents crushed the PSOE in the control session. Cleries accused the minister Felix Bolaños of having been “in the ‘for them’ of 1-O” and of being part of a government “that maintains the repression and denies the reality that exists in the Catalan nation “.
While the head of the Presidency defended the “reunion and dialogue”, the representative of Junts despised the so-called dialogue table because in it “there was no agenda or content, just a photo and nothing else.” And the next day, JxCat could actually boast of having had focus on noise a tuesday and the results in the votes a Wednesday.
Because the next morning, the Socialist Group in the Upper House assumed with its vote that Spain is “a plurinational state.” Just the opposite of what the Constitution says, which in its article 2) says to be based “on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation, common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards “.
The truth is that the PSOE, in reality, was limited to recovering a dormant idea, assuming that It was Pedro Sánchez who impressed that character in the game, opening huge wounds. In June 2017, the 39th Federal Congress of the PSOE, which consolidated it into the General Secretariat, promoted the recognition of “plurinational character of the State“, as proposed by the current President of the Government after winning the primaries.
Of course, with the linguistic caper that those alternative nations they are “cultural nations” and maintaining that, for this reason, sovereignty resides in the whole of the Spanish people … as the Magna Carta says.
The idea served in 2017 -before the illegal referendum-, but then the PSOE stopped exhibiting it. So much so that in the last electoral campaign, that of 10-N 2019, Pedro Sánchez displayed a purely Spanishist message, promising “bring Puigdemont to justice” since his escape at Waterloo, “recover the crime of illegal referendum“reforming the Penal Code, the “full compliance” of sentences of those condemned by him process… and now it works exactly the opposite way:
The new regulation
The new wording of the Senate Regulations, when the processing of this JxCat initiative is already under way, proposes the reform of its article 84.5 so that senators can “intervene in plenary sessions, in committees and in all parliamentary activity in any of the languages that are official in any Autonomous Community in accordance with the Constitution and the corresponding Statute of Autonomy “.
In other words, the Upper House will depend on whether any Spanish region includes the officiality of its own languages in its Statute of Autonomy, whether they are more or less minority. In this trance, both the Asturian bable and the Aragonese fabla can be seen shortly, at the initiative of their presidents, the Socialists Adrián Barbón and Javier Lambán.
In addition, the initiative of the Puigdemont party encourages a new wording of the additional provision of the Senate Regulations so that, as a territorial chamber, it protects “the normal oral and written use of any of the languages that are official in any Autonomous Community. on […] all the interventions “of the senators in the use of the floor, “in the publications of initiatives” of each political group; “in the presentation of written in the Chamber Register“either as propositions or to urge the Government; and” in the writings that citizens and institutions present to the Senate. “
Junts proclaims that “based on this objective, previous reforms of the Senate regulations were carried out, as approved in plenary session on July 21, 2010“. Reform it will now be debated and voted on in the corresponding Commission. After this process, the vote will be taken again in plenary session.
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