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The deployment of the first and the second ELI pillars at state-level was concluded in 2018 and that of the third ELI pillar has been completed during 2019. The Autonomous Communities´ work on ELI implementation is at a very advanced stage. It should be highlighted that the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country introduced all three ELI pillars on its legislation in the course of 2018 and that during 2019 also Catalonia and Valencia have implemented the three ELI pillars. Murcia has fully implemented the three pillars in 2020.
The Spanish legal system is complex and diverse, comprising rules corresponding to different territorial levels (national, Autonomous Community and local).
Each of these territorial levels has its own official journal and its own legislative information systems, making it necessary for the implementation of the ELI to be addressed in a coordinated manner by the different administrations.
As a result of the joint work carried out, on 13 March 2018 the Sectoral Commission on Electronic Administration adopted the document ‘Technical Specification for the implementation of the ELI in Spain’, laying down guidelines for applying the common identifier to national legislation and to that of the 17 Autonomous Communities.
This specification defines the legislative field to which the ELI and the URI template are attributed for national and Autonomous Community legislation (pillar 1), as well as a common minimum set of metadata (pillar 2).
Once the specification was approved, the State and the 17 Autonomous Communities started work on attributing the ELI to their respective legislation. Detailed information on the project’s technical aspects and progress can be found on the common website www.elidata.es .
Bearing in mind that most of the legislation in force has been issued subsequent to the Constitution, and that the first Statutes of Autonomy were approved in 1979, the ELI will apply at least to national and Autonomous Community legislation published as of 29/12/1978. At national level, it will also apply to all previously published laws which have a consolidated version.
According to the ‘Technical Specification” approved by the Sectoral Commission on Electronic Administration, the structure of the URI for national and Autonomous Community laws shall be the following:
|Jurisdiction||Jurisdiction||Limited list of alphabetical values||Table of controlled vocabulary||ISO 3166 alpha 2: ISO 3166-1 for the State. ISO 3166-2 for the Autonomous Communities|
|Type||Legal status||Limited list of alphabetical values (1 to 4 letters)||Table of controlled vocabulary||Ranges will be identified by acronyms, of variable length|
|Year||Year of provision||Numerical values, format YYYY||2001, 2002…||Signature date (yyyy/mm/dd)|
|Month||Month of provision||Numerical values, format MM||01, 02…|
|Day||Day of provision||Numerical values, format DD||01, 02…|
|Number (natural identifier)||Number||Numerical, sometimes alphanumerical, values||As a general rule, the number corresponds to the official number|
|Version||Identifies whether the legal act is the initial, consolidated or corrected version||Limited list of alphabetical values (3 letters)||Table of controlled vocabulary|
|Version_date (point in time)||Indicates the date of the update corresponding to the consolidated text||Numerical values. Format: YYYYMMDD||Only for consolidated acts|
|Language||Language of the provision||Limited list of alphabetical values||Table of controlled vocabulary||ISO 639-3 (3-letter code), with an adjustment for the Valencian language and for bilingual texts|
|Format||Format for publication||Limited list of values||html, pdf, epub, xml||The values of the formats must be aligned to the types established by IANA|
The implementation of the URI template in Spain requires that the metadata used by different administrations to describe legislation, or at least those that contain information on the URI components, are standardised.
For this reason, in the first phase of implementation of the ELI in Spain, Pillar 1 is dealt with in conjunction with Pillar 2, with the aim of establishing common minimum metadata to facilitate the interoperability of legislative information.
The Technical Specification provides for the following common minimum metadata:
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