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Ms Laura CASTEL (Spain, UEL)

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ES - 28013 - Madrid

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2024 , 2023 , 2022 , 2021 , 2020


In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Group of the Unified European Left since 29/04/2022
  • Member: Group of the Unified European Left from 28/06/2021 to 28/04/2022
  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group from 06/03/2020 to 27/06/2021

In the Assembly

  • since 06/03/2020 Representative - Spain

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Member: Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs (since 15/04/2024)
  • Third Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 25/01/2022 to 21/01/2024)
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 24/01/2022)
  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 06/03/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Gender Equality (since 26/01/2021)
  • Alternate of Mr José María SÁNCHEZ GARCÍA (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 31/05/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Iván ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 06/03/2020 to 23/05/2022)


Last speeches

27/06/2024 | 19:55:07 Thank you, Chair. Are constitutional courts censoring parliamentarians' debate is a threat to freedom of expression. Do you think that parliamentary debates like the one we are having here can be prohibited by the courts? No, they shouldn't. And they should not because the limitations of debates in the parliament affect freedom of expression and parliamentary immunity. They affect Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, because actions with political content, legislative... 27/06/2024 | 11:35:05 Thank you. Thank you, Chair. First, let me, on behalf of our group, convey our gratitude to the rapporteur for this resolution. We strongly support what the report emphasises. That is to say, the necessity for reinforced international solidarity and increased support for refugees and the internally displaced persons within Ukraine. This aggression, this war, has reinforced inequalities and suffering among the vulnerable Ukrainian population. This is why European countries and other... 18/04/2024 | 19:17:16 Thank you, Chair. Dear colleagues, Staying silent in the face of a genocide is equivalent to backing the perpetrators. That is why I really think this current affairs debate is so needed. We are a human rights organisation, and Israel and Palestine are both linked. We, as the Council of Europe can and must play a more active role in the protection of the human rights in Gaza and in Palestine. Dear colleagues, it is in hard times when it is more necessary to contribute through the aspirations... 16/04/2024 | 20:08:49 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Thank you chair, First, let me congratulate the different rapporteurs for this report. We, the Republican Left of Catalonia, defend the recognition of the independence of Kosovo, and urge its recognition both by the Spanish State but also by all other members that have not yet done so. Further, we support the integration of all Balkan States into the European Union. We think that the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is a... 15/04/2024 | 17:34:45 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Thank you Chair, and thanks to the rapporteurs.Dear colleagues, the Government of Catalonia has recently presented a report based on the Code of Good Practice, on the legal avenues for holding an independence referendum. The main conclusion is that Catalonia can exercise the right of self-determination within the current legislative framework of the Spanish State. We must bear in mind that voting in a self-determination referendum is the...