Category: Crime

CHILD BURGLARY GANG DISBANDED

The National Police, after a laborious and thorough investigation has dismantled a criminal gang of children, consisting of 13 minors and two adults, who have allegedly been engaged in regular burglaries of homes, sometimes with the residents inside, a…

ERADICATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

ERADICATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Last Friday the Council of Ministers authorized the allocation of 1.54 billion euros over the next three years to the National Strategy for the eradication of violence against women.

According to Vice-President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, this is “an ambitious and most comprehensive project which will ensure that Spain remains at the forefront of what is being done by the European Union to protect women”. Its aim is to protect women and children that suffer from gender-based violence.

In order to implement the plan and overcome abuse, seven lines of action and 258 measures have been established, including a Europe-wide hotline – 116, a personalised response to female victims and assistance to the most vulnerable groups such as elderly women or residents of rural communities. For the first time, the plan includes a specific healthcare protocol against female genital mutilation.

According to Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, the aim is for victims to be aware that “there is a way out” and that they are entitled to a “dignified and better” life.

The Vice-President also said that the other “key tool for combating violence against women” approved on Friday was the signing of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

This Convention, in which “the woman is the focal point”, was signed by 29 States and ratified by four, but will not come into force until such time as it is ratified by ten States in total, of which at least eight must belong to the Council of Europe.

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NEW LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN THE ROLE OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Vice President, Minister of the Presidency, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria

The government has approved, for submission to Parliament, the Basic Draft Law on Official Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation. The new legislation aims to strengthen the role of Chambers of Commerce as instruments for the inter nationalisation of Spanish companies in partnership with the central government and the autonomous regions.

The Vice-President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, stressed that “the new legislation responds to the widespread demands of the sector to promote a regulatory framework that provides the Chambers of Commerce with clarity and legal certainty”.

The new legislation will define the functions of the Chambers of Commerce in key sectors for the economy, it will enhance their role in dual vocational training, providing them with mechanisms similar to those of other chambers to combat youth unemployment, and will increase their role in mediation and arbitration in commercial conflicts.

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría also pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce of Spain will replace the current Higher Council of Chambers and will become the representative body for all of them. “What we are seeking is coordination and an improvement in the operation of the institutional and trade presence of Spain overseas through this new body”, she added.

Finally she highlighted that among the new features the activities of a private nature will be differentiated with greater clarity from those of a public nature, the text will incorporate the obligation of the Chambers of Commerce to draw up a code of good practices that guarantee transparency and increase the representative nature of the organisations of the autonomous regions. The new legislation also establishes the obligation of publishing the remuneration of those holding high office and removes the obligation of incorporating one chamber per province.

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NEW VESTS FOR NATIONAL POLICE

The Ministry of the Interior is spending 6 million euro on new vests for the police, which bulletproof, stab-proof, fire resistant to 200 degrees Celsius and also lighter than the traditional vests. Despite the economic crisis, the director general of …

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