Brussels’ wake-up call for the reform of the Judiciary in Spain

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Brussels' wake-up call for the reform of the Judiciary in Spain




The president of the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ), Carlos Lesmes, presides over the plenary session of the judicial body


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The president of the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ), Carlos Lesmes, presides over the plenary session of the judicial body


Brussels has always insisted on the need to renew the General Council of the Judiciary, who has been in office since 2018, and this was pointed out only two weeks ago, but he does not like the route the Spanish government has chosen to get out of the impasse. The reaction of the spokesmen of the European Commission has been to point out that they are aware of the announcement and that they “follow it closely”, to immediately add that “it is important to ensure that the Council is not perceived as vulnerable to politicization”, said the spokesman Christian Wigand.

In addition, they add that, in general terms, judicial reforms should always be carried out after consulting with the relevant actors, which includes the Venice Commission. Member states must follow European standards to ensure that judicial independence is not compromised.

The initiative goes in the opposite direction of what they are claiming, according to community sources

It is what, in diplomatic language, supposes a wake up call to a reform that does not like, because it is also recalled that, in the report on the rule of law presented on September 30, the Commission European He has already underlined the importance of reducing the influence of the legislative or executive power over the judiciary to reinforce the independence of judges.

Community sources acknowledge that they are concerned about this initiative, because it goes exactly the opposite of what they are claiming. They also add that “it is evident that a reinforced majority for the election of council members gives more guarantees than a simple majority.”

The wake-up call comes with the President of the Government Pedro Sánchez in Brussels participating in the european summit in which the negotiations of the Brexi and also the negotiations on community budgets. In this area, one of the controversial points is the relationship to be established between the rule of law and the perception of European funds. And here, Poland has already begun to use the controversy created in Spain by this renewal of the judiciary, to claim that a double standard is applied in the EU. Trying to establish a comparison, which no one in Brussels shares, between judicial independence in Spain and Poland, which serves to influence a very delicate point at a critical moment in the negotiations.

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