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Spain: Bill on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Approved by Congress of Deputies, Moves to Senate for Consideration

(Feb. 9, 2021) On December 17, 2020, Bill No. 46-7 on the Organic Law to Regulate Euthanasia was approved by the Plenary of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (lower house) with 198 votes in favor, 138 against, and two abstentions. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration, where it is likely to […]

Spain: Decree Law Protecting Tenants in Vulnerable Economic Situations Enacted

(Jan. 13, 2021) On December 22, 2020, the Spanish government enacted Royal Decree-Law 37/2020 to adopt urgent measures to protect people in vulnerable economic situations from losing their housing because of the COVID-19 emergency. The new law allows the tenants of a permanent residence to request an extraordinary suspension of eviction or release because they […]

Spain: Government’s Contact Tracing App Now in Operation Throughout Country

(Nov. 20, 2020) The Spanish government’s official contact tracing application, “Radar Covid,” achieved nationwide operation on October 27, 2020, when the Catalan Health Service began distributing the app’s codes to users. The app has been officially up and running since August 10, but because of “the lack of codes and the slowness of the autonomous […]

Spain: Government Employees Authorized to Telework up to Four Days a Week

(June 25, 2020) An agreement was reached between the government employees’ unions and the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Administration (MTPPA) allowing government employees in Spain to telework four days a week and go to their offices only one day a week. The agreement entered into force on June 21, 2020, and will last until an […]

Spain: Second Phase of Increase in Paternity Leave to Take Effect in January 2020

(Dec. 31, 2019) On January 1, 2020, the second phase of an increase in paternity leave provided for in Royal Decree Law 6/2019 took effect in Spain. The Law, which was adopted on March 7, 2019, originally granted eight weeks of paternity leave effective in April 2019, with a phased increase to 12 weeks on […]

Spain: National Directorate on Traffic Issues Regulation on Electric Scooters

(Dec. 18, 2019) On December 4, 2019, the National Directorate on Traffic issued temporary instructions regulating the use of vehicles of personal mobility (vehículos de movilidad personal, VMPs) and segways until an official permanent regulation is issued. According to the instructions, electric scooters with a maximum speed capability of 6 to 25 kph (about 3.7 […]

Spain: Drug Trafficking Ring Using Cryptocurrency to Launder Money Arrested

(May 1, 2018) On April 9, 2018, the Guardia Civil (Spanish Police), in an operation called “Tulipán Blanca” (White Tulip), arrested eleven members of a drug trafficking ring that was laundering money using bitcoins. The police operation was coordinated with Europol, Finnish law enforcement authorities, and the US Department of Homeland Security. (Detenido un Tarraconense […]

Spain: Bill on Alcohol Consumption to Punish Parents for Their Underage Children’s Drinking

(May 1, 2018) A report prepared by a committee composed of members of Spain’s Congress of Deputies (lower legislative chamber) and Senate (upper legislative chamber) recommends that Spain enact laws punishing parents for their underage children’s drinking. The penalties to be imposed on both children and parents would reinforce current sanctions and promote prevention of […]

Spain: National Police Chief Addresses Anti-Terrorism Policies

(Sept. 29, 2016) The head of Spain’s National Police gave an address describing how Spain’s efforts to improve anti-terrorist cooperation among European Union Member States, and arguing against national border patrols within the European Union.  (Hugo Gutiérrez, El Director de la Policia Nacional Pide mas Cooperación Europea contra el Terrorismo, EL PAIS (Aug.1, 2016).) He argued […]

Spain: Royal Decree on Legal Deposit of Online Content

(Aug. 19, 2015) Given the special characteristics of online publications, with a multitude of works being created daily and the difficulty of their capture, storage, and preservation, the Spanish government has changed the rules applicable to the legal deposit of these publications by issuing Royal Decree 635/2015. (Royal Decree 635/2015, BOLETIN OFICIAL DEL ESTADO (BOE) […]