Friday, March 1, 2024

The PSOE and PP are far from an agreement in European mediation to reform the Judiciary

The unblocking of the General Council of the Judiciary will come to Europe this Wednesday, five years after the right accepted the strategy of preventing its change and thus avoid losing its control. The PSOE and the PP will submit to EU mediation to seek an agreement that will allow the governing body of judges to be changed, appointments to be continued and the situation to be normalized. The problem is that the positions of the two are very far apart and the time is limited because commissioner Didier Reynders, referee of the dispute, will leave his position in March.

PP has controlled Justice 22 for the last 27 years thanks to obstructions in the Judiciary

Pp Has Controlled Justice 22 For The Last 27 Years Thanks To Obstructions In The Judiciary

So the maximum time given by Brussels in this unprecedented intermediation is two months, which will start running this Wednesday, when the Minister of the Presidency and Justice, Félix Bolaños, and the Deputy Secretary of the Institution of PP, Esteban González Pons, met with Reynders in an office in the Berlaymont building. The European Commission’s bet is risky because it has seen twice that the agreement was barely touched but blown.

That is why the efforts of Reynders and the spokesmen of the executive of the community are directed to the public to remember that this is an internal matter and that it is up to the “Spanish parties” to reach an understanding that allows the change of the CGPJ, whose obstruction. is the main concern of the annual reports made by the European Commission every year on the state of the rule of law.

The starting points of both have been known for years. The PP used various excuses to fire some agreement options that have been put on the table since 2018, the first real attempt at an agreement between the two parties. Neither with Pablo Casado at the helm, first, nor later with Alberto Núñez Feijóo is understanding possible. The last time the pact came close was in 2022, when the PP leader succumbed to pressure after weeks of negotiations.

But beyond the given reason for the violation, the right is clear that its goal is to change the system of selecting judges. To date, the 20 members that make up the CGPJ have been appointed by parties through Congress and the Senate. This makes the constitutional body respond to its composition, more or less, to the popular will that comes from the polls and is represented in the two legislative chambers.

The idea of ​​the PP is that the judges will choose 12 of the members, those who belong to the judicial career, and leave to the Cortes Generales the choice of the other eight, the quota of judges recognized as prestigious. Therefore, the majority of the members of this constitutional body will remain in the hands of about 5,000 judges in Spain.

Those from Feijóo also want to take advantage of this to limit the transfer from politics to the judiciary (and vice versa), and to other bodies such as the Attorney General’s Office or the Constitutional Court. Something that, as PP spokespeople have reported on several occasions, was almost closed when in October 2022 the negotiations were wasted due to open negotiations between the Government and independents to cancel the sedition.

In PP, they believe that they have Reynders on their side and the commissioner remains a supporter of the model they are defending. Management sources assured elDiario.es that they will only accept the unblocking if there is a “parliamentary commitment” that the law will be reformed to change the system of electing members of the Council. That is, a text registered in the new method.

Those from Feijóo are so confident that they have Reynders on their side that they also think that if the Commissioner of Justice tells them to change the Council, without further ado, they will do it.

The European Commission, except for a certain moment in the whole process, has always maintained that the urgency and, therefore, the priority is the first change of the current CGPJ, which operates for five years, and “in then” begin procedures to change the electoral system to adapt it to European standards, giving judges a greater role in appointing their governing bodies. It gave wind to the Government of Pedro Sánchez all this time.

Socialists, deep down, do not want to change a system that has been in use for decades. What they continue is that the judicial career already has a role in the selection process by proposing a list of names from which the Cortes chooses the part corresponding to the judiciary (twelve of the twenty members). Giving more weight to the appointment of judges means, de facto, giving up the right, because the majority of the judicial career is conservative, as recognized by Sánchez’s party.

On the eve of the tenth attempt to make the negotiations bear fruit, this time with his work as a facilitator of “structured dialogue,” Reynders sent a message by making sure that two things are necessary: ​​”We ask that the European standards will be implemented into the composition of the General Council of the Judiciary and, especially in Spain, that the Council will not only be renewed, but reformed.”

Those words gave wings to the PP and came after Bolaños refused to review the said model. “Once we have changed the CGPJ, which is urgent and important for Justice to work, from there, of course we can talk about other things,” said the minister after Reynders’ announcement to start mediation.

The event will take place amid the offensive of the PP in Europe against the amnesty law, with the presence of the regional presidents of the Committee of the Regions of the EU to openly criticize the rule debated in Congress. In addition, Feijóo will attend a meeting of the European PP on Thursday and meet with the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Layen, where he continued the tensions due to the good relationship of the German with the president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez. Feijóo did not want to openly support Von der Layen for a second term at the head of the Community Executive.

The amnesty on Tuesday is the reason for the increase in PP’s statements against the Government. The parliamentary spokesman, Miguel Tellado, considered the Bolaños “disqualified” from office for not defending the Spanish judges against the accusations made by Junts and ERC from the platform of Congress before the failed vote. in law.

“The credibility of Mr. Bolaños as a minister has fallen to the ground,” he said. “Reynders will be surprised that he did not defend the honor of the judges,” he added. In the open question of whether this “disqualification” will prevent the PP from negotiating or negotiating with him, Tellado chose not to answer.

A few minutes later, Bolaños appeared before the media in Congress himself to defend the judges against these accusations.

Both PP, Vox and Ciudadanos criticized the Commission for its “brief response” to the amnesty law, despite the fact that it has not yet passed the filter of Congress.

The PSOE and PP have reached what seems to be one of the last chances to agree on the restart of the Judiciary. If, despite the intermediation of the EU, they fail, it will not be very easy to continue the negotiations that are essential to unblock the CGPJ: if they both agree or there is no option without parliamentary change that majority required by law, an option that the socialists, until now, they really do not want to value.

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