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Parliamentary questions
3 May 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE) and Raül Romeva i Rueda (Verts/ALE)

 Subject: Reform of the Criminal Code in Spain II

These questions are supplementary to the written question tabled by Raül Romeva i Rueda on 12 April 2012 (E 003796/2012), which reads as follows: ‘The Spanish Government has decided to reform the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Law and the Organic Law on Protection of Public Safety. These reforms seek to combat what the government has termed a “spiral of violence”, but they will mean serious restrictions on rights and freedoms of expression, communication and protest.’

What are the possible effects of the new Spanish law on the rights and freedoms of people outside Spain?
Is it possible that they too could be charged as a result of discussing future public protests in Spain online?
Could they be charged when they subsequently visit Spain? If so, do you think that is an acceptable situation?
Which possible actions are available to the Commission to guarantee the fundamental rights and freedoms in the online domain in light of the proposed changes in the Spanish Criminal Code? Is the Commission considering taking action? If so, which actions are being considered?

 OJ C 192 E, 03/07/2013
Last updated: 23 May 2012Legal notice