Canary Islands

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Article 192 of Organic Law 1/2018, of 5 November, reforming the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands, regulates the Bilateral Commission of Canary Islands-State Cooperation as the general and permanent framework of the relationship between the Government of the Canary Islands and the Government of the State to hear and deal with issues of common interest established by the laws or raised by the parties and, in particular, disputes of any kind raised between the two parties; the monitoring of European policy to guarantee the effectiveness of the participation of the Canary Islands in European Union affairs, and participation, information, collaboration and coordination in the exercise of their respective competences.

To date, the Statutory Commission has not been set up, so that the Bilateral Commission for Cooperation between State Administration and the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, set up on 12 March 1990, is still in force.

Its composition varies according to the issues to be dealt with, although it has five permanent members for each of the representations. The Commission is chaired jointly by the State Administration and the Autonomous Community. Each representation will be assisted by a Secretary.

Its functions are those provided for in the Operating Regulations of 10 July 2001:

  • To promote and specify, from a bilateral point of view, the implementation of plans, programmes and joint actions for the development of common policies in the different sectorial areas.
  • Promote the signing of collaboration agreements in those material areas in which it is necessary to specify a joint plan or programme on a bilateral basis.
  • To design mechanisms for mutual collaboration in the different areas in which the activity of both Administrations may converge.
  • To serve as a channel for preventive actions in an attempt to prevent conflicts arising between the two Administrations.
  • To arbitrate proposals for solutions to issues of interest to both Administrations in matters within their competence.
  • Examine any matters that affect both parties and, in particular, those whose purpose is to avoid or attempt to resolve out of court conflicts of competence.
  • Analyse the rules with the rank of law, state or autonomous, in relation to which questions are raised that could give rise to an appeal of unconstitutionality, in order to reach an agreement that avoids its interposition, within the framework of what is established in article 33 of Organic Law 2/1979, of 3 October, of the Constitutional Court, in the wording given by Organic Law 1/2000, of 7 January.

Operating rules