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Functions of the Council of Tenerife

Article 23 of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands, passed via Organic Law 10/1982 of August 10th and reformed via Organic Law 4/1996 of December 30th, stipulates that the islands are assigned the exercise of the functions that are recognised as being their inherent responsibility and those that are transferred or delegated by the Autonomous Region. The islands are also assigned the responsibility of collaborating in the development and execution of the agreements adopted by the Government of the Canary Islands, in the terms established in the parliamentary laws. Where functions are transferred or delegated, they will include the corresponding economic, material and human resources.

Paragraph 1 of article 42 of Law 7/1985 of April 2nd, concerning the Regulation of the Fundaments of Local Government (hereinafter LBRL) stipulates that the Councils of each island, as governmental, administrative and representative bodies, are regulated via the fourteenth additional provision of the aforementioned law and, on a supplementary basis, via the prescripts that regulate the organisation and operation of the Provincial Councils, taking on the competences of these bodies, without detriment to the stipulations of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands. The text of this article derives from the modifications to the LBRL implemented via Law 57/2003 of December 16th, concerning Measures to Modernise Local Government.

Specific legislation is primarily embodied in Territorial Law 8/2015 of april 1th, concerning to the regulation of Insular Councils (hereinafter, LCI).

Article 2 of the aforementioned Law states that the Insular Councils possess a twofold condition: on the one hand, they are bodies for insular self-government, whilst, on the other hand, they are institutions of the Autonomous Region. In view of this twofold condition, the LRJAPC assigns the following functions to the Councils:

  • The Councils are responsible for initiating the legislative procedure in the Canarian Parliament, presenting bills before the parliamentary Committee that have been drafted and passed with absolute majority of the legal number of members of the Council.
  • The Councils collaborate in the development and execution of the agreements adopted by the Government of the Canary Islands.
  • The Councils act as the ordinary institutional representatives of the Government of the Canary Islands on each island.
  • The Councils exercise the inherent competences guaranteed by the Constitution and basic legislation concerning local government.
  • The Councils are responsible for the regional administrative competences transferred to them.
  • The Councils are responsible for the competences assigned to the Autonomous Region of the Canary Islands that are delegated to them.
  • The Councils are responsible for competences corresponding to the state that are delegated to them by the State Administration.

When exercising their function as ordinary representatives of the Government of the Canary Islands (article 20 LCI), the Councils are charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Applying and ensuring compliance with regional laws and regulations.
  • Putting agreements adopted by the regional Government into effect, where they are affected by these agreements.
  • Receiving, dating, registering and forwarding any official request or document presented to them and addressed to the Government of the Canary Islands.
  • Setting up public information offices in their installations focusing on the organisation and activities of public administrations within the Canary Islands.
  • The formal representation, via the President, of the Government of the Canary Islands in official acts celebrated on the island, except in those instances where the acts are attended by the President, Vice-president or Ministers of the Government of the Canary Islands.

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