Spain refuses to comply with the recommendations of the Council of Europe for human rights in Catalonia

This is in no way a surprise as the Spanish Authorities only wish is to punish anyone who gets in the way of Spain. They have no desires to respect individual rights of any individuals.

Catalonia was granted decision making powers, but when using them against the wishes of Spain, refuses to allow the decisions to stand and instead takes legal actions against the individuals. Now Spain refuses to accept the decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), so are not respecting democratic actions.

Spain although claiming to be a democratic country are acting in such a way that they aren’t.

This is totally wrong and they should be made to suffer for this, but doubt that they will be., so Spain will continue to do as they please.

Josep Goded

The Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has published the follow-up report to its previous resolution regarding Spanish political issues. The resolution, issued in 2021, called for the release of Catalan political prisoners, legal reform involving sedition, and the end of repression against the independence movement.

In the report, the EU Council rapporteur, Boris Cilevičs, criticizes the extradition orders against Catalan exiles; and the possible overturning of the pardons given to the political prisoners.

“It would be very unusual and unfortunate if the pardons, once announced and implemented to release the nine prisoners, were annulled,” Cilevičs said.

Cilevičs also denounces the fact that the Spanish state has not reformed the crimes of sedition and rebellion in the penal code.

“The reform of the rebellion and sedition laws cannot be postponed too long,” he said, regretting that it was not on the Spanish government’s agenda presently. According…

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All companies must record employees’ working hours, EU court rules | Euronews

Companies operating in EU member states must set up a system to record the working time of their members of staff, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled

The court said it was necessary to record employees’ hours so that legal working time limits can be properly applied.

“In order to ensure the effectiveness of the rights provided for in the Working Time Directive and the Charter, the Member States must require employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured,” said the ECJ in a statement.

Each country will be free to define how to implement such a system, it added.

The May 14 ruling comes after a case brought to the ECJ by Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), a Spanish trade union that asked for Deutsche Bank to be forced to set up a system recording working hours for its employees in Spain.

“The union considered that such a system would make it possible to verify compliance with the stipulated working times and the obligation, laid down in national law, to provide union representatives with information on overtime worked each month,” said the ECJ.

Deutsche Bank was not recording its employees’ working hours because it said that Spanish law only requires to keep a record of overtime hours worked by members of staff.

According to information cited in the ECJ statement, 53.7% of overtime hours worked in Spain are not recorded. Spanish companies are also legally obliged to know precisely the number of normal hours worked in order to determine whether overtime has been worked.

“In the absence of a system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured, it is not possible to determine, objectively and reliably, either the number of hours worked and when that work was done, or the number of hours of overtime worked, which makes it excessively difficult, if not impossible in practice, for workers to ensure that their rights are complied with”, the ECJ noted in its statement.


Source: All companies must record employees’ working hours, EU court rules | Euronews

EU FARCE: Hundreds of treaties at risk as ECJ rules clause ILLEGAL : Express

According to a report in German newspaper Heise, the decision could affect nearly 200 treaty agreements between EU member states.

The verdict, published yesterday by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), could have a huge impact on investment protection agreements beyond the specific case – at least between two or more EU member states.

This ruling has been made as a result of a claim by Dutch insurance group Achmea against Slovakia, who in 2006 had partially reversed a lucrative liberalisation of the health insurance market.

The Achmea group, which had a subsidiary in Slovakia, then sued for lost profits, citing the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), an investment protection agreement signed by Czechoslovakia and dissolved in 1993 with the Netherlands.


Source: EU FARCE: Hundreds of treaties at risk as ECJ rules clause ILLEGAL : Express