The City Hall of Valldemossa, governed by an independent party with a nationalist tone, has approved a regulation that establishes that all businesses, shops, bars and restaurants that want to have a terrace on public roads will have to have signs in Catalan and said language must be present in the establishment.
Valldemosssa is one of the most picturesque towns in Mallorca and one of the most visited by tourists, who generally do not know Catalan. All the businesses of the town live preferably from tourism.
This municipality nestled in the Serra de Tramuntana is governed by the Grupo Independiente, being Nadal Torres Mayor. He governs in coalition with another independent formation, La Valldemossa que Volem. The PP, with only two councilors out of eleven, is the only opposition party.
According to the City Council, what has been done is to update the regulations that regulate the use of Catalan in the municipality to promote this language. All businesses that want to have a new Public Road Occupation license, or renew it, will have to have the signs, symbols and badges in Catalan if they want to get permission from the Town Hall.
The menus of bars and restaurants, all posters and signage must also be in Catalan. In the event that the establishment decides to use several languages, Catalan should be preferred.
In another point, the new regulation establishes that All projects, studies, works and documents carried out by order of the City Council must be in Catalan.
In addition, the new regulations establish that all internal communications within the Consistory, such as information addressed to neighbors and residents, should preferably be in Catalan, apart from the use of other languages. What is pursued, according to the City Council, “is to ensure linguistic normalization and the right of people to be served and informed in the language of the Autonomous Community.”
The new regulation on the use of Catalan has been published this Monday in the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands and comes into force immediately. As of this Wednesday, all documents, oral speeches, internal and external communications, as well as calls and job offers by the Valldemossa City Council must be made in Catalan.