When on October 22, in full motion of censure, the Prime Minister took advantage of one of his speaking turns to address the PP and announce that he was paralyzing his reform of the General Council of the Judiciary, the target of harsh criticism and censorship from Europe, as a gesture to the popular to try to redirect the negotiation of the renewal of the governing body of the judges, did not count on PP would lengthen its resistance.
Pedro Sánchez spoke that day from the Congress of Deputies. “I announce that we are going to stop the clock on the reform of the CGPJ in order to reach an agreement with you,” he then launched. The popular consider that is not sufficient and for weeks they have been demanding a firmer step to close a hypothetical agreement. The complete withdrawal of the threat of reduction of the majority necessary to carry out the renewal regardless of the party of Pablo Casado. Moncloa is willing to take that step and withdraw or reformulate the proposal to facilitate the agreement, government sources report.
Sánchez paralyzes the controversial reform of the CGPJ and offers the PP to agree and renew
Fernando GareaAs a gesture to the popular to try to redirect the negotiation of the renewal of the governing body of the judges and the rest of the blocked institutions
Next December will be key. From the Government, there is the perception that the new opportunity for the renovation begins to take shape. Although the negotiating teams have not yet entered to study specific candidates, the first pools for the presidency are beginning to circulate. They are headed by three magistrates: the magistrate of the Contentious Chamber of the Supreme Court Pilar Teso, the vice president of the Constitutional Court, Encarnación Roca, and the president, Juan José González Rivas.
The wish of the Executive is that progress is made before Constitution Day. It has been set as an objective that the current situation does not last much beyond next December 4. That day, the CGPJ chaired by Carlos Lesmes It will become the one that has remained in office the longest, over the one headed by Francisco José Hernando, who was active between 2001 and 2008. The two years will be completed.
Brussels asked for data on the reform of the CGPJ hours before Sánchez stopped it
Nacho Alarcón. BrusselsThe Justice Commissioner spoke this Wednesday afternoon with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and asked her for details about the reform of the General Council of the Judiciary
The PP, but nevertheless, he does not see the solution easy or fast. Maintains an evident resistance that does not hesitate to express its president, Pablo Casado. In a recent interview conducted by Cadena COPE, he denied that the Justice agreement is ready: “Not at all. I’ve been saying it for a long time and I think people are beginning to understand why. We are not obliged to do an institutional renovation of any I have asked that it be done between the first two parties, without Podemos —which is accused, who attacks the King, who loves the batasunos and who attacks the judiciary—, and that there be a depoliticization of the election of the members. And not only did they not accept it, but they also registered a reform to lower the majority, “he said emphatically.
Nevertheless, left a slit open. “I ask them to withdraw it and to fulfill those conditions,” he said, adding that if they are “in that phase,” they will fulfill their obligation to renew. “And if they do not, we will go to the end of the procedure in the Venice Commission, and I remember that an attack on the rule of law can put European funds at risk,” he said.
The CGPJ packs up: “We don’t know if we’ll get to the next plenary session”
The general feeling in the CGPJ is that the interim has its days numbered. Its members are already thinking about the functions that they will soon assume or resume full-time
For their part, senior executive officers have shown in recent days that his patience has a limit and that they do not trust the PP. “Unfortunately, it has been a long time since it stopped being a party that has a word,” snapped Vice President Carmen Calvo to questions from ‘El Periódico’. She acknowledged that they do not want to start the year without the homework already done and she was willing to wait for the popular ones only “what is reasonable and fair.”
A complete withdrawal of the controversial proposal would leave the PP without arguments to refuse to comply with the constitutional mandate, say the consulted sources, who are also open to molding the proposal to the demands of those of Married and opening the possibility of a mixed election of the quota of judges (in the Chambers, but of a voted list by magistrates) such as the one proposed by the popular ones for future renovations.