It has been 16 months since Pedro Sánchez pledged to promote, with Felipe VI, a “road map” for the “transparency and exemplary character” of the Royal House in the midst of the controversy over the state of honour, until Moncloa and Zarzuela closed down the details of the royal decree, which changes the structure and work of the institution, which was given the green light by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. “Today, the monarchy takes a step forward in terms of accountability and meets the highest standards of other European royal houses,” Presidential Minister Felix Bolanos said at the presentation. One of the main innovations is that the Court of Accounts will control the Royal Household, which was currently outside the control of the party and the oversight body of state administration. Thus, according to the minister, he will have an “external audit” that will allow him to create a “true image” of the leadership of Zarzuela.
The new decree includes regulation of contracting processes. “The principle of publicity is being introduced into all contracts, respecting budgetary autonomy and the principles that already govern public administration,” explained Bolaños, who assured that “new contracting instructions and publication on the Internet will be approved.”
The government ruled out the promotion of the Crown Act, which would regulate the monarchy in the face of a split parliament, and preferred a royal decree that does not require passage through Congress. The day before the approval by the Council of Ministers of the text, on which former vice-president Carmen Calvo began to work, Zarzuela published for the first time the personal assets of the head of state, which amount to 2.5 million euros. Just minutes after this statement from Casa del Rey, Moncloa announced the approval of a new regulation with which it intends to enhance “transparency, accountability, efficiency and exemplary character in the Royal House.”
The constitution gives the head of state the prerogative to organize the Royal Chamber and distribute the funds that he receives annually from the general state budget. However, there are numerous costs borne by other ministries, such as the Presidium, on which personnel depend, except for senior positions, the Ministry of the Interior, the Treasury or Defense, and others. After the restoration of democracy, this led to a complete lack of transparency in the finances of the monarchy, which until now has been open to small changes, such as the inclusion of an auditor to control accounts or the regulation of receiving gifts.
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