Friday, July 1

The Parliament of Catalonia closes 2021 with a single law approved




The Parliament of Catalonia has closed the year 2021 without having approved no law beyond Budgets of the Generalitat for 2022 and the accompanying law to the accounts. Likewise, it will open the next course with 35 pending laws and five study commissions. This low parliamentary activity, which contrasts with the 19 laws passed in 2020, 10 in 2019 and 3 in 2018, can be attributed to the paralysis of the Catalan Chamber due to the February 14 elections and the difficulties in starting the legislature and form Govern.

2021 already began with the Parliament dissolved by the electoral call and in the first three months of the year it was piloted by the Permanent Council, which was in charge of approving decrees of the Government in the face of the pandemic and also welcomed the appearances of members of the Government to explain the measures on coronavirus and on the riots caused by the protests against the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel.

After the February 14 elections, the new legislature was constituted on March 13, electing Laura Borràs as president of the Parliament and from then on the terms of the investiture began.

The lack of agreement between ERC and Together and the two failed attempts to invest Pere Aragonès extended the paralysis in the Catalan Chamber during the first half of the year until the partners of the Government unblocked the negotiations and on May 21 the Republican candidate was invested as president of the Generalitat. With the Government constituted, the Parliament began its usual activity, which in the last section of the year has focused on the processing of Budgets, in addition to beginning to process legislative initiatives, validate Government decrees and launch several study commissions.

A) Yes, The only laws passed this year have been the Catalan Budgets for 2022 and the law on fiscal, financial, administrative and public sector measures that accompanies it., which have come forward thanks to the endorsement of the comuns and after the failure of the negotiations with the CUP, whom the Government had set as a priority partner; and it is the first time since 2010 that the Budgets will be in effect on January 1. In addition, this year the Parliament has validated 26 decrees of the Government, practically half of the previous year, in which 50 were validated, a record figure as this is the way in which the Catalan Executive adopted urgent measures to deal with the pandemic, while in 2021, with the improvement of the health situation, there have been both decrees on the coronavirus and other issues, such as renewable energy or vicarious violence.

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