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Spain's royal family agrees to transparent spending

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The Spanish royal family has agreed to be included in the country’s new transparency law, potentially giving the public unprecedented access to information on its spending and activities, according to a palace source.

Representatives of the royal family are said to have been negotiating for two months with the government on how to boost transparency of its spending.

The move takes place as the once-popular royals are embroiled in a corruption scandal that has badly damaged their public image and as ordinary Spaniards struggle with a deep economic crisis. On Wednesday an examining magistrate charged King Juan Carlos’ youngest daughter, Princess Cristina, with aiding and abetting her husband, who is charged with a number of crimes in a 6 million euros corruption case, reports Reuters.

The bill was sent to the Parliament by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose center-right People’s Party is also embroiled in a number of corruption scandals. He proposes tighter regulation of tax declarations, assets and activities of public employees, rules for lobbying activities, harsher punishments for corruption, and more thorough audits of foundations, labor unions and business chambers that receive public funding.

As reported earlier, neither has the Spanish King escaped the sharp eye of the public facing severe austerity.

Last year, he went on expensive hunting trips. Officials described the trip as private and most likely it would have remained secret if the 74-year-old monarch had not injured his hip and rushed to Madrid hospital.

The king was enjoying a Botswana-based Rann Safaris, where hunting costs start at 8 700 dollars a week, with an elephant costing a further 15 000 to kill. A day out with professional hunter Jeff Rann costs extra 2 000 dollars, The Guardian wrote.

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