The Catalonia Legislation Website contains current law in Catalonia and provides a range of information services so that users can view and search updated regulations.
Access by society (the public, companies, the judiciary, government, etc.) to current regulations is one of the basic principles of transparency and democratic quality.
Today this access is only considered to be provided if it is guaranteed by the public authorities through the creation of a public service disseminating current law. Thus the Mandelkern Group on Better Regulation Final Report (European Commission, 2001) expressly states that “The dissemination and public availability of regulation should be considered as a public service” (p. 44) and recommends that “Member States and the Commission should each seek to establish [...] a public service (either free or for a reasonable fee) giving access to the texts of laws and regulations in their jurisdiction” (p. v).
The Catalonia Legislation Website helps to give effect to Act 19/2014, of 29 December, on transparency, access to public information and good governance, by providing information about decisions and actions with legal significance that the Government has to disclose in accordance with the principle of transparency and which among other items has to include (Section 10):
Likewise, Section 63.2 of the Act lays down that “in order to facilitate understanding of current law, the Government shall prepare consolidated texts of regulations when they have been amended. The consolidated texts are informative and should clearly indicate their nature and which regulations they consolidate.”
The Catalonia Legislation Website has been tasked with this consolidation and dissemination of existing law: Act 11/2011, of 29 December, on restructuring of the public sector to streamline administrative activities, adds an additional provision to Act 2/2007, of 5 June, on the Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia (DOGC) with the following wording:
“Fifth additional provision. Dissemination of current law in Catalonia
1. The DOGC database shall be used to populate a website called the Catalonia Legislation Website which shall be used to disseminate current law in Catalonia.
2. Such website shall include all the regulations published in the DOGC with statutory and regulatory status, in both the official version published in the DOGC and the consolidated version.”
All regulations with statutory status, decrees and orders published in the Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia since no. 1 (second period), 5 December 1977, can be viewed on the Legislation Website.
In the case of regulations with statutory status and decrees, in addition to the published text there is also the consolidated text which includes in a single document all amendments (or amendments by other regulations) and corrections made to it over time.
In the case of consolidated texts, the Legislation Website provides access to the judgments of the Constitutional Court published in the Official State Gazette and, in partnership with the Judicial Documentation Centre (CENDOJ) of the General Council of the Judiciary, the judgments of the High Court of Catalonia and the Supreme Court handed down in relation to general provisions with statutory or regulatory status in Catalonia.
At present the consolidated texts of all regulations with statutory status and decrees in Catalonia can be viewed. The consolidation of some orders will be gradually added.
In addition, in the case of regulations with statutory status and decrees, opinions prior to their approval and, in the case of regulations with statutory status, the original bills can also be viewed on the Legislation Website.
All the opinions of the Legal Advisory Board are published on the Catalonia Legislation Website. At present they are available from 2002 and are gradually being added from 1998.
Catalan regulations are supplemented by a selection of consolidated Spanish regulations in Catalan drawn up by the LexCat service in the Ministry of Justice of Catalonia together with a selection of European regulations which are included by reusing the data provided by the EUR-Lex database through a link to its contents (© European Union, 1998-2015).
The consolidated texts on the Catalonia Legislation Website are not official. See Legal considerations concerning consolidated texts.
As for updating content, documents with statutory status and regulations published in the DOGC will be loaded every day. The new relationships (amendments) between regulations are added on the same day or at most on the business day following the publication of the amending regulation. The consequent consolidation of texts is published within two business days, a period that can be extended depending on the complexity of the consolidation.
Effect of regulations
Article 111-10 of the First Law of the Civil Code of Catalonia (Act 29/2002, of 30 December) added by Act 6/2015, of 13 May, on harmonisation of the Civil Code of Catalonia, establishes that:
Under Article 2 of the Civil Code (Royal Decree of 24 July 1889):
Article 5 of the Code lays down that:
As for legislative and non-legislative acts adopted by the European Union, under Article 297 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union they shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and shall enter into force on the date specified in them or, in the absence thereof, on the twentieth day following that of their publication.
Express and implied repeal
On the Catalonia Legislation Website we only record regulations as Not in force when they have been expressly repealed by other regulations or annulled by a court.
We only record implied repeal in an annotation as a general amendment. Where appropriate we state the scope of the implied repeal in a note.
“All provisions inconsistent herewith” repeals
If a regulation is amended by a repeal of the type “All provisions inconsistent herewith are repealed”, we draw up a new consolidated version of the amended regulation and record the repeal in a general amendment. In these cases it should be noted that the text of both versions will be identical, but the general amendment will indicate the reason for the new consolidated version with a different effect.
Regulations do not recover force once they have been repealed
Under Article 2.2 in fine of the Civil Code, mere abrogation of a statute shall not entail recovery of the force and effect of any provisions repealed thereby.
Related regulations: A-B-C relations
These are relationships that occur when a regulation is amended or repealed through the amendment or repeal of an intermediate regulation which had previously amended the first regulation:
Regulation B which amends/repeals regulation A
Regulation C which amends/repeals regulation B, insofar as it had amended/repealed regulation A
The intermediate amending regulation (regulation B) is not taken into consideration for consolidation purposes, though we do record an annotation to it in the shape of a general amendment that relates regulation C with regulation B. In such cases we consolidate the initial regulation (regulation A) and not the intermediate one (regulation B) unless it has its own substantive content.
In addition to viewing regulations there are also basic legal information services including the option to subscribe to a document or a search result so that the user receives an alert in their email inbox whenever the regulation or search result is amended.
Users can also save regulations selected or the parameters of a search in a personal folder so they can easily retrieve them in a new session. To learn more, see Services on the Website.
You must be a registered user of the Catalonia Legislation Website. Register.
Under Act 19/2014, of 29 December, on transparency, access to public information and good governance, documents and data published on the Website may be reused provided their content is not altered or their meaning distorted and the Catalonia Legislation Website is cited as the source along with the date of the last update.
Such reuse is without prejudice to the intellectual or industrial property rights of third parties to certain content as well as in respect of personal data whose processing is subject in all cases to Spain’s Act 15/1999, of 13 December, on personal data protection.
Internet uniform resource identifiers make it possible in our case to uniquely identify each regulation in a stable way. The European Union has noted that the process of cooperation within the EU has increased the need to identify and exchange legal information originating from regional and national authorities at the European level. In order to facilitate the further development of interlinked national legislations and to serve legal professionals and citizens in their use of legislation databases, a common system for the identification of legislation and its metadata has been promoted.
The Catalonia Legislation Website is working to introduce this European Legislation Identifier in order to facilitate access to existing law and interoperability with other legal databases.
(2012/C 325/02, DOUE C325 of 26.10.2012).
The Catalonia Legislation Website is a Government of Catalonia initiative. The Secretariat of the Government and the Official Journal and Publications Organisation have set up the Website with the input of the Parliament of Catalonia, the Council for Statutory Guarantees, the Legal Advisory Board, the Ministry of Justice of Catalonia, the Legal Office and the Directorate General for Citizen Services. The project had the support of Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology.
The domain of this website, http://portaljuridic.gencat.cat, is owned and managed by:
Entitat Autònoma del Diari Oficial i de Publicacions
Generalitat de Catalunya
Av. de Josep Tarradellas, 20, 2a planta
You can find out about any issues connected with the Catalonia Legislation Website by using our contact form.
The Catalonia Legislation Website provides current law in Catalonia and a range of information services so that users can view and search updated regulation. On the Legislation Website the Official Gazette Independent Organisation consolidates texts with statutory and regulatory status and publishes any amendments to other regulations so that the current versions of applicable regulations and information about them are available at all times.
However, the purposes of the Website do not include replying to specific cases or interpreting these regulations because there may be a variety of factors involved in each case. Since some queries may have implications in various fields, in these cases we recommend that you contact the ministry or organisation with jurisdiction in the matter.
To learn more about the contents of the Legislation Website, how the search engine works, legal information services, etc., please see our FAQs.
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Brussels, March 21st 2016. Presentation Access to Current Law: a Question of Democracy in EUR-Lex Workshop, 5:20:46.
Miquel Centelles. Presentation on Providing services to all kind of users through semantic approaches to the data Workshop, Graduate School of Library and Information Science (University of Illinois), Departament de Biblioteconomia i Documentació (UB) and EADOP, november 2015.
Míriam Sort. Report of traineeship at EUR-Lex Section, Publications Office of the European Union, September - October 2015.
Marina Vallès. Final work of the Master of management of digital contents, Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, June of 2015.
Centre for Legal Studies and Specialised Training, Barcelona, 16 April 2013.
Article by Mireia Capdevila and Agustí Pou on the Revista de Llengua i Dret [Journal of Language and Law] blog, 27 February 2014.