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Spain: Bill on Dignified Death

(Feb. 2, 2011) The Government of Spain, through its Ministry of Health, is preparing a new bill on “death with dignity” that is expected to be ready to be submitted to the Council of Ministers by March 2011. (Pajín Asegura que la Futura Ley de Muerte Digna no Regulara la Eutanasia, LA VANGUARDIA (Jan. 26, […]

Norway; Spain: MOU Signed on Shared Satellite

(Sept. 10, 2010) Norway and Spain are planning to jointly acquire and run a communications satellite; the two nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the project on September 7, 2010. The purpose is to improve communications with Norwegian forces serving abroad or at sea. The project will cost Norway NOK1.2 billion (about US$193.4 million) […]

Spain: Bill on Transparency and Access to Public Information

(Aug. 20, 2010) By August 20, 2010, Spain's government is expected to have approved the final Bill on Transparency and Access to Public Information (Anteproyecto de Ley de Transparencia y Acceso de los Ciudadanos a la Información Pública). If approved by the country's Congress, the law will become effective in 2011 and would recognize for […]

Spain: Congress Rejects Proposal to Prohibit Use of Niqab or Burka in Public Spaces

(Aug. 12, 2010) On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, the veils worn by Muslim women that cover most of the female body or face in […]

Spain: Code of Good Tax Practices Claimed a First

(July 30, 2010) Spain's Tax Forum of Big Companies, which comprises the National Tax Agency and 27 of the country's largest companies, approved a Code of Good Tax Practices on July 20, 2010. Spain is the first country to produce a code of this kind, according to the Agency. (Roberto Bernales, Spain: Tax Forum of […]

Spain: Lower House of Legislature Votes on Abortion Reform Bill

(Jan. 5, 2010) A joint session of Spain's Congreso de los Diputados (Lower House) voted on December 17, 2009, on an abortion reform bill. (Ley sobre Salud Sexual y Reproductiva e Interrupcion Voluntaria del Embarazo, BOLETÍN OFICIAL DE LAS CORTES GENERALES [BOCG], Series A, No. 41-1, Oct. 2, 2009, available at http://www.congreso.es/portal/page/portal/Congreso/PopUpCGI?CMD=VERLST&BASE=puw9&DOCS=1-1&DOCORDER=LIFO&QUERY=%28CDA20091002004101.CODI.%29#(Página1).) The new law, […]

Spain: Judges’ Power to Prosecute Human Rights Crimes World-Wide Curtailed

(July 2, 2009) On June 25, 2009, the lower house of the Parliament of Spain approved a measure that would reform the principle of “universal jurisdiction,” which the judiciary has observed since 2005, by limiting judges' discretion to prosecute crimes committed abroad. The reform is an amendment to a government bill aimed at modernizing Spain's […]

Spain: Receiving of Guantanamo Detainees Considered

(Mar. 10, 2009) On February 26, 2009, European Union member countries met to evaluate the possibility of resettling terror suspects from the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Several prisoners have expressed their willingness to go to Spain. However, a number of legal issues need to be addressed before any commitment is made. Even […]

Spain: Support for Mesoamerican Health Project

(Mar. 2, 2009) On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integración y Desarrollo de Mesoamérica). Once known as the Puebla-Panama Plan, the renamed Project Mesoamerica was presented to representatives of the Spanish government and […]

Brazil; Spain: Protocol on Immigration

(May 2, 2008) On April 1, 2008, in Madrid, Brazil and Spain signed a Protocol on Immigration designed to put an end to the recent diplomatic crisis involving tourists of both countries. According to the document, both countries agree, inter alia , that tourists not admitted into either country will be allowed to contact the […]