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Flag and arms of the State Council - Images by Luis Miguel Arias (Gaceta de Banderas [gdb], May 2004), 14 May 2004

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Presentation of the State Council

The State Council (Consejo de Estado), founded by Emperor Charles V in 1526 as the first in Europe with that name. Nowadays it is the highest consultative body of the Spanish government, as prescribed by Constitutional Law No. 3, adopted on 22 April 1980 by the Parliament and published on 25 April 1981 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 100, pp. 8,964-8,967 (text).

Santiago Dotor, 14 May 2004

Flag of the State Council

During the swearing-in of the President of State Council, a fixed flag could be seen, square, red with the Council's coat of arms in the centre. The arms shows the Spanish arms within a blue bordure on which "CONSEJO DE ESTADO" is written in gold lettering at the top and "PRAEVIDET" and "PROVIDET" at the bottom, with an eye between both words. The whole within a silver cartouche, surmounted by a Royal crown and surrounded by olive branches.

The emblem of the State Council is prescribed in Article 91 of Royal Decree No. 1,674 approving the By-Laws of the State Council, adopted on 18 June 1980 and published on 30 August 1980 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 209, pp. 19,557-19,566 (text), as follows:

The Council shall have as emblem, as well as the coat of arms of Spain, the "eye" of the Administration, with the motto "praevidet providet" and the royal crown.

Santiago Dotor, 14 May 2004