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Ms Laura CASTEL (Spain, UEL)

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ES - 28013 - Madrid

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
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)

  • Third Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 25/01/2022)
  • 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

11/10/2023 | 18:15:36 Thank you, Chair. First let me congratulate the rapporteur and the Secretariat for this important and brave report. Last year it was revealed that almost 70 Catalan citizens have been victims of permanent surveillance with Pegasus spyware for the last five years in an unprecedented attack on a democratic movement. The Spanish Secret Service acknowledged having spied on 18 of them with judicial authorisation, arguing that they wanted to investigate who was organising demonstrations against the... 10/10/2023 | 17:27:51 Thank you, Chair. Indeed, as the resolution states, the most effective way of preventing far-right extremism is to strengthen adherence to the principles of democracy, human rights, rule of law, pluralism, tolerance, and respect for diversity, because they are the fundamental and core values of the Council of Europe. I would like to raise the attention of the cases of infiltration by far-right extremists in military forces, and its radicalisation as shown by the use of symbols and mottos of... 21/06/2023 | 18:30:53 Thank you, Chair. Let me start by thanking the rapporteurs for this timely reports. Yesterday, as it was World Refugee Day, I asked the President of the Committee of Ministers whether the Committee will enforce human rights in the European Union and through which concrete steps they will do so, since the European Union and its organisms, like Frontex, will be part of the European Convention on Human Rights. I say that because last week we witnessed the horror, the obscenity, the lack of... 26/04/2023 | 18:48:54 Thank you, Chair and thank you to the rapporteur for this work. Dear colleagues, yesterday morning, we woke up to the news of mass arrests in Amed by the Turkish government to influence the elections. Among those arrested, there are lawyers, journalists, campaign managers of the Green Left party, etc. 110 were arrested. This is an alarming issue closely related to the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Specifically, we see the countries with practices, such as... 25/04/2023 | 20:03:03 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Thank you chair, Let me thank also the rapporteur for this important report. Important, as I say, because it deals with a real problem: how to deal with different legal orders and the capacity of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The resolution recommends a mutual judicial dialogue between courts and to engage with the case law of the Strasbourg Court. That is the crucial point. In this sense, in my country, Spain, the Constitution...