The Council of Ministers has approved this Tuesday a Royal Decree Law through which the Real home progress in transparency. This was announced at a press conference by both the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, and the Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolanos. The new regulations approved by the Executive of Pedro Sánchez will allow, among other matters, for the Court of Auditors to supervise, through an external audit, the accounts of the monarchical institution. Instead, the obligation for Felipe VI to publish his declaration of assets is left out, something that the monarch did this Monday “voluntarily”.
“The declaration of assets is not regulated, it will be the monarch himself, with the periodicity that he establishes, who will publish it,” Bolaños pointed out to questions from the media. Felipe VI declared this Monday to have a personal patrimony of more than 2.5 million euros. More than 2.2 million of the total are deposits in checking or savings accounts and fund participation securities. The declarations of assets that must be published refer only to the senior managers of the Royal House.
Among the issues that are included in the new regulations, apart from the role of the Court of Auditors, a new regulation of all contracting and procedures of the Royal House. “The principle of publicity is included in all contracts made by the Royal House,” said Bolaños. In other words, all contracts and procedures carried out by the monarchy must be included on the official website.
Also set all the information that must be published periodically on said website. Among other matters, the Royal House must make public its budgets and quarterly statements of execution, remuneration, institutional gifts and activities report.
In order to integrate the Royal House in the “public service”, the regulations determine that collaboration agreements will be made with the State Attorney. In addition, there will be certain services linked to the public administration, such as the diplomatic adviser of the institution will be a career official. In the same way, legal status is given to health care, which is in the hands of the Royal Guard.
Bolaños has referred to another block to comply with the goal of “exemplarity”. “The staff of the House must carry out their duties in accordance with proper conduct. They must ensure general interests and the principles of honesty, austerity, protection of the environment and equality between men and women,” said Bolaños. Regarding the gifts received by the Royal House, the regulations establish that all of them will be inventoried and guarded in order to see if they remain in the institution, go to National Heritage or are donated to certain social organizations.
For Moncloa, the monarchy “progresses” with this rule and makes it “one more of the European houses”. The standard has been the result of a “shared work” of many months between the Royal House and the Government. “We have to be aware that this is the path that is being asked of public administrations. We believe that we are taking a step forward”, highlighted the Minister of the Presidency.
The “inviolability” of the king, parked
Outside of this Royal Decree Law, any mention of the “inviolability” of the king remains. Bolaños has endorsed the position of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, alleging that this aspect is regulated by the Constitution and that a reform of the same would be necessary.
On the other hand, the minister has avoided assessing the fact that the Royal House has left out in its communications the independence parties, government partners. “I have little to say about the round of the Royal House. It has been a courtesy of the Royal House and I value it positively”, he pointed out in this regard.