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Parliamentary questions
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2 September 2014
P-006472-14
Question for written answer P-006472-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Hugues Bayet (S&D)

 Subject:  Draft law on public safety
 Answer in writing 

The Spanish Government has just adopted its draft law on ‘public safety’. This draft law provides for the imposition without benefit of a court hearing of fines — which could be as much as 60 times the annual minimum salary — for taking part in a demonstration. It also prohibits access to images of law enforcement officers discharging their duties, meaning that it will not be possible to know whether or not the police have used excessive force. This law gives the government arbitrary power to an extent unknown since the Franco era. It restricts freedom of expression and curbs the right to demonstrate.

In adopting this law, Spain is running counter to Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union which stipulates that everyone has the right to freedom of expression and the freedom to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

What is the Commission's position following the adoption of this law?

Original language of question: FR 
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