The PSOE in Madrid has recently announced that it will present an appeal for unconstitutionality against the law recently promoted by the president of the community, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, which, according to the spokesperson of this group in the Madrid Assembly, Juan Lobato, “eliminated the Transparency Council, limiting the powers of the Accounts Chamber, and muzzles Telemadrid.
Ayuso tried to prevent the courts from making public the minutes of the meetings of the pandemic settlements
The appeal was signed by 50 senators and seeks to “prevent Ayuso from eliminating all control and transparency instruments that monitor its actions.” “We consider that the anti-transparency law of last December does not follow the Spanish Constitution in many aspects,” explained the socialists. “It does not follow the principles of good regulation and the guarantees of legal certainty, nor the mandatory specialization of legislation in areas such as technical transparency or public accounts,” they added.
For the socialists, “it is about the right to political participation that the Anti-Transparency Law restricts in the process of preparation and approval. It does not even respect the principles of generality and abstraction. It does not guarantee that the legislator is not arbitrary,” they added.
At the end of last year, the regional government was able, thanks to its absolute majority, to approve an omnibus law that changes up to 15 legislative texts at once. The legal reforms are clearly aimed at limiting the government’s control over the opposition and other public bodies, in addition to removing from the Madrid Assembly, in practice, any power to control the Executive. The rule is processed immediately.
Ayuso sued to avoid giving information
This appeal to the Constitutional Court of the PSOE comes when it is known that the Government of the Community of Madrid has sued the courts to try to prevent the public disclosure of the minutes of the meetings in which the decision was made not to give. hospital care. to the elderly in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, also after the order from the Executive of Isabel Díaz Ayuso, more than 7,000 elderly people died in these centers. According to Cadena Ser, the Ayuso Executive appealed through controversial administrative proceedings before the Superior Court of Justice in Madrid to veto the publication of the minutes.
At the end of last year, Ayuso also appealed to the courts to prevent access to the university’s academic record under the regional president.
For the leader of the PSOE, what the regional president intends to do with these maneuvers is “clear and obvious” and is nothing but “an attempt to block the public’s knowledge of facts that are relevant and meaningful.” That is why he believes that the appeal that has just been announced before the Constitutional Court “is about ensuring that the Council does not disappear, that the capabilities of the Accounts Chamber are not usurped by the administration of the president, and that Telemadrid is not continued. missed.” Those from Lobato also seek to “recover at least the possibility that citizens have the right to access information in a direct and honest way.”
The leader of the Madrid PSOE believes that his initiative can progress because the law in question goes “in the opposite direction of the goals of the constitution.”