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21 AUGUST 2019

XIII LEGISLATURE

Dictionary of terms

General terms

Urgency.

The declaration of urgency in legislative proceedings entails a reduction of the timeframes ordinarily established in each of its stages. A declaration of urgency may come from the Government, the Congress of Deputies or the Senate itself. See “Urgent procedure”.

Urgent legislative procedure.

Special legislative procedure which reduces timeframes for channelling an initiative. The Senate Standing Orders indicate that the declaration of urgency can be made by the Government, the Congress of Deputies or the Senate Bureau, ex officio, or at the request of a Parliamentary Group or a group of twenty-five Senators. If a state of urgency is declared, the Senate has just twenty calendar days to debate and process the initiative.

Use of joint official languages of the Self-Governing Communities.

The Senate Standing Orders regulate the use of joint official languages in the Senate. In addition to Spanish, in some debates and publications, joint official languages may be used as recognised in the Statutes of Autonomy of their respective Self-Governing Communities. This is true for the first intervention of the Senate Speaker when addressing the Senate Plenary Sitting; for interventions that take place within meetings of the General Committee of Self-Governing Communities; interventions that take place in Plenary Sittings when debating motions; the publication of initiatives when they are presented in Spanish and in any of the aforementioned official languages; and the presentation of written documents to the House Register by Senators and written documents submitted by citizens and institutions to the Senate.