The European Commission will monitor that the reform of the majority system to elect the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) in Spain is done by listening to all “interested parties” and that its result does not imply a reduction in the independence of the judges . For the moment, the Government of Pedro Sánchez has opted for the parliamentary route to avoid having to request a mandatory report from the CGPJ and Brussels does not intend to initiate an official evaluation until there is a firm law, something that may take months.
But until then, the Commission yesterday skipped its own customs and spoke out about the reform project in Spain, when it never does – in public, at least – unless it is about laws passed and firm in the member states,
However, after the precedents of Poland and Hungary – which were censored with laws already in force – judicial reforms in EU countries have become a sensitive issue and the Commission’s Justice spokesman, Christian Wigand, declared They know in Brussels that a draft for new legislation has been presented. “We are following it and seeing the developments it may have.”
Until then, Wigand recalled that in the conclusions of its report on the rule of law in Spain, the Commission “took note” of the situation in which the CGPJ finds itself, that it needed to renew its members and that this was a “challenge “.
As he pointed out in this document, the spokesman recalled this Thursday that, in view of the reform, “it is” important “that” the CGPJ is not perceived as vulnerable to politicization. ”
In general terms and not only in relation to Spain, the Commission requires that the reforms to the judicial system undertaken by the Member States must be carried out “in consultation with the interested parties” and, “in the first place”, with the Venice Commission of the Council of State.