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Parliamentary questions
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10 April 2015
Question for written answer E-005746-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE) , Fernando Maura Barandiarán (ALDE) , Luis de Grandes Pascual (PPE) , Javier Nart (ALDE) , Juan Carlos Girauta Vidal (ALDE) , Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE)

 Subject:  Infringement of the right to education in Catalonia
 Answer in writing 

Last December, the High Court of Justice of Catalonia ordered the Government of Catalonia to pay compensation for denying a girl the right to be taught in Spanish, the only common constitutional language, at a school in Barcelona. The High Court had made a preliminary ruling in 2013, in the same case, in which it reaffirmed ‘the right of the claimants’ daughter to receive early education in Spanish’. The claim had been made seven years previously, and therefore the harm caused is irreversible.

This is only one example of how the Government of Spanish Catalonia systematically disregards the law and its application, with the serious effect of attacking children’s rights.

Is the Commission aware of other situations of this kind or similar in Europe?

Which countries in Europe do not permit pupils in state schools to study in the country's one and only national language, knowledge of which is a duty and a right?

Will action of some kind be taken to ensure respect for the rule of law in the face of infringements of this kind?

Original language of question: ES 
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