The government has declined a request for access to information for transparency in which Neutral requested travel, accommodation and security expenses of King Emeritus Juan Carlos I on his trip to the United Kingdom to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II .
The specific question that was asked was whether any Ministry had taken charge of the expenses of the Emeritus and its cost in that case.
record time. The government’s Presidency has taken barely 10 days to deny access to Newtral.es, which filed the request on 13 September after learning of the Emeritus’s presence at the appointment. A rush that comes to the fore with previous occasions when the period of one month given by the administration to respond has elapsed or, directly, no response has been received.
Presidency’s reason for not giving access to information
In response to this, the Presidency of the Government – which is in charge of processing petitions addressed to the Royal House – argues that the question about the Emeritus King’s travel expenses “does not fall within the subjective or objective scope of the application of the law. [de transparencia],
They elaborate that the Transparency Act in its Article 2.1f) establishes the application of the said rule in the House of His Majesty the King in relation to its activities under administrative law. what does this mean? That the Royal House – through the Presidency – would provide information on personnel, administration and asset management. And therefore, what has been requested about Emeritus is outside this framework.
On the other hand, they ensure that institutional, organizational, planning, economic and other information is published on the Royal House website, thus complying with the active promotional obligations of the law.
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Other trips of emeritus whose figures he has not given
The denial of access to information on the travel expenses of King Emeritus Juan Carlos I to attend the funeral of Isabel II is not the first time that the government has declined a request from Newtral.es. On any occasion when the medium has requested transparency in economic data on the activities of the royal family, it has not received a favorable response.
In fact, in 2020 the government already responded that “it does not fall within the subjective or objective scope of the application of the law”, when Newtral.es requested information about the stay of Juan Carlos I in the United Arab Emirates. did.
A more recent example relates to the cost of security for King Emeritus during his stay in Sanxanxo (Galicia) in May. Therefore, the Ministry of the Interior hid behind the Official Secrets Act for not providing information.
The same logic was used by Interior in 2021 when she declined to provide details about the number of people in charge of protecting Princess Eleanor during her studies in Wales, as well as the cost of the service.
Government’s Presidency’s response to requests for information through Transparency Portal