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Issue

25 Aniv. de la promulgación de la Ley Orgánica del Tribunal de Cuentas

  • Issue date: 12/05/2007
  • Printing Process: Huecograbado
  • Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente
  • Size of stamp: 28,8 x 40,9 mm. (vertical)
  • Sheet effects: 50
  • Postal value of the stamps: 0,30 €
  • Print run: 1.000.000

On the 12th May 1982, the Parliament passed the Organic Law of the Court of Auditors, which is the supreme institution responsible for auditing the accounts and for the economic management of the State and the public sector and answerable directly to the Cortes Generales (Spanish Parliament). On the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the law, this event is commemorated with this special issue depicting the head office of this organisation.

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The Court of Auditors is located in the centre of Madrid, on Fuencarral street, in a square shaped building catalogued in the town planning framework as an “exceptional building”. It is the sole court of its order and enjoys jurisdiction throughout the national territory, without prejudice to such auditing bodies as may be provided for in the Statutes of the Autonomous Communities. In its first article it states: “It is the supreme institution responsible for auditing the accounts and for the economic management of the State and the public sector, without prejudice to its own jurisdiction as laid down in the Constitution and the present Organic Act”. The whole Act has forty nine articles in which are laid down the Court’s functions and roles and the work it carries out with independence and subjugation to the law. Amongst its aims are the “The permanent and final external auditing of the economic activity of the public sector” and the “prosecution of accounting liability where such arises in respect of persons entrusted with the handling of public monies or effects”. The historical origin of the Court of Auditors goes back to the house of Trastámara during the reign of Juan II (1406-1454) where the first by-laws are granted in 1437. These rules arose due to the difficulties in tax collecting and organising accounts. They entrusted the Contadores Mayores (Tax collectors of the time) the roles of tax collecting and the capacity to fine and sanction. 545 years separate these first bylaws from the current law in force. The stamp depicts the façade of the Court of Auditors and the inscription: “XXV Anniversary 1982-2007 Ley Orgánica Tribunal de Cuentas”. (25th anniversary Organic Law Court of Auditors)

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