The Catalan government is planning to present its appeal today against the ruling last week of the Catalan Superior Court that Castilian must be available in public schools as a 'vehicle' language within two months (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). In their usual Tuesday meeting, the councillor for Education, Irene Rigau, and the rest of the Generalitat's cabinet will approve the text to be lodged with the court regarding the current model of linguistic immersion that is followed throughout public schools in Catalunya; the government had five days from the ruling to present an appeal. On August 28th, the Catalan Superior Court passed a ruling that obliges the Catalan Education department to introduce Castilian as a principal teaching language in its schools, although the ruling was not notified to the Generalitat until last Friday. The decision coincides with another ruling given in May by the court, which found in favour of two Catalan families who had sued for their right to have education in Castilian; the families were represented in this legal action by the organisation Convivencia Cívica Catalana (CCC). Yesterday, Rigau voiced her confidence that it would be possible to reach an agreement on the issue and noted that the ruling didn't question the current system of linguistic immersion.
The town council of Sant Vicenç dels Horts, headed by Oriol Junqueras of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC), has decided to fight the Spanish government over the matter of €473,510 advanced to the council by Madrid in 2009 in lieu of forecast taxes to be gathered, which the government is now demanding by paid back because the expected income never materialised (read article in Catalan here, El Punt-Avui). The mayor, representing the three parties in the council—Junts x Sant Vicenç (made up of ERC and Vicentins pel Canvi), ICV-EUiA and CiU—yesterday sent a document to the Spanish economy ministry to ask that the town be exempted from the need to return this amount of money, based on the argument that the debt is the result of an erroneous calculation by the central government. Overall, the Spanish government is seeking €576 million from Catalan councils.
The Catalan political parties Convergència i Unió (CiU) and Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya (PSC) are taking their differences to the Spanish parliament with a new dispute having arisen regarding the planned changes to the Spanish Constitution to allow for debt limitations in public institutions (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). It seems that CiU is taking some kind of delayed revenge for being excluded from the creation of the original Constitution in 1978, during the transition process following the death of Francisco Franco, a move which is causing arguments with PSC and is being blamed on the bilateral decision of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and the opposition Partido Popular (PP) to fast track the change to the text of Article 135 of the Constitution through Parliament, before it ends the current session before November's general elections. In the first vote on the amendment, CiU members in the Spanish Congress abstained (which they are likely to do again in the final round of voting on the matter) while those from PSC supported the proposal. In addition, CiU wants there to be a debate on the question in the Catalan parliament as a way of revealing the attitudes of PSC and the Catalan arm of the PP on the matter. CiU also wants to force the eight Catalan senators in the Spanish Senate to admit this afternoon how they are planning to vote on the amendment tomorrow.