The Consistory of L’Hospitalet, also governed alone by the PSC, has added messages in Spanish to eight traffic signs in the city after a complaint
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PP and Vox They warn that the linguistic policy of Barcelona City Council has not changed with the change of Mayor. The municipal groups led, respectively, by Daniel Sirera and Gonzalo de Oro have denounced that the local government of PSC excludes Spanish in the communication policy of the Consistory.
Specifically, both parties discredit the mayor Jaume Collboni the presence in public spaces of posters, without a Spanish version, with information on the service for the approval of studies completed abroad or the accreditation of professional skills for those who do not have an official degree.
These two programs are part of the Neighborhood plan barcelons, an initiative that was launched in 2017 with the aim of reducing inequalities in areas such as education or access to employment. The first phase, valid from 2017 to 2021, was followed by a second period, budgeted at 150 million euros and ending in 2024, which has expanded the radius of action to seven more neighborhoods apart from the initial 16. In addition to being in Catalan, the posters are published in english, arab either urdu [lengua oficial en Pakistn y la India]three of the languages most spoken by the foreign population living in the Catalan capital.
“We will not allow Spanish to be cornered in Barcelona, all municipal documentation and signage must be, at a minimum, in the two official languages of Catalonia,” warned the leader of the popular, whose four votes in the investiture plenary session last June were key for Collboni to be proclaimed mayor. If he had not supported the socialist candidate, he also achieved the yes of the common of Ada Colauthe baton of command would have fallen on Xavier Trias (Together), winner of the municipal electionsbut which only had the support of Republican Left without reaching an absolute majority.
For his part, De Oro has demanded that the socialist Executive “not follow exclusive separatism and not eliminate Spanish from the posters to please their ERC partners and Together“. The president of the municipal group of Vox, a party that, with two councilors, entered the City Council for the first time in the elections on May 28, has added that he will request in the next plenary session that all the information from the City Council be made both in Catalan and Spanish starting January 1.
The controversy regarding this type of communications from the City Council is not new. In the two previous mandates, in which the PSC was a partner for more than five years of Mayor Colau, PP, Citizens and Valents [el grupo que inicialmente lider el ex primer ministro francs Manuel Valls bajo el nombre Barcelona pel Canvi] They had already denounced that the Consistory was cornering Spanish and opting only for Catalan and several of the most spoken foreign languages in the Catalan capital, as is also the case of tagalog or the bengalofficial languages in the Philippines and Bangladesh respectively.
Recently, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, the second most populated Catalan city (265,000 inhabitants) and governed by the socialists since the recovery of democracy, has also been in the news for the idiomatic use in municipal signage. Last November, the City Council led by the vice president of the PSC and senator Nria Marn He incorporated Spanish into eight traffic signs in the town, until then exclusively in Catalan.
The decision came after the president of Catalan Civic Coexistencethe lawyer and resident of the city Angel Escolano, reported it to the contentious-administrative court. Specifically, they were the indicators on the journey from his home to the City of Justice. The municipal government did not wait for a ruling and the association has announced that it will try to ensure that the change occurs in the rest of the signage.
A year ago, the entity We speak Spanish required the city councils of Barcelona, Lrida, Gerona, Tarragona, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Orense, Pontevedra and Lugo to include Spanish in the signs, in compliance with the 2015 decree law on traffic and road safety. Now, with the experience of L’Hospitalet, it has chosen to follow the path opened by Convivencia Cvica Catalana. Both associations are also working on collecting signatures to request linguistic co-officiality in Barcelona City Council.