Monday, December 11, 2023

We are concerned about judicial independence in Spain

European judges are worried about the situation in Spain after the inauguration of Pedro Sánchez. The European Network of Justice Councils, which brings together all the organizations of the countries of the EU homologous to the Spanish CGPJ, responded to the letter sent to it by the governing body of the Spanish judges showing its concern about the judicial the independence of Spain. “We are really worried about the situation in the Spanish judiciary,” said Dalia Vasariene, president of the Network, in a letter of response sent by CGPJ member José María Macías.

On November 10, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) notified the European Union of the attack on the rule of law in Spain due to investiture agreements. This letter received a response from the president of the European Network of Justice Councils, who shared that response with the members of the aforementioned network. « Due to the recent events in Spain regarding negative developments in the rule of law and judicial independence, the European Network of Justice Councils would like to draw your attention to the declaration and resolution included in the agreement of the CGPJ in Spain regarding the Amnesty Law in order to raise awareness about the situation. We invite you to share the documents with your institutions and judges,” explained Vasariene in his response.

CGPJ’s letter has documentary support of the institution’s declarationI was adopted by the members. The Plenary – with nine votes in favor of the conservative sector, five against the progressive wing and the blank vote of the interim president of the Council, Vicente Guilarte – warned that the approval of an Amnesty Law would mean “eliminating ” of the Spanish State of Law. After sending this statement, the president of the European CGPJ offered his help to the Spanish Council for future actions in the face of the threat of amnesty. “If there is anything else we can do, please let us know,” explained President Vasariene.

Brussels responded

The CGPJ is also talking to other European institutions so that they know the legal details of Pedro Sánchez’s agreement with the independentists to achieve the presidency of the Government. As noted by OKDIARIO, the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, acknowledged receipt of this letter immediately. The letter was also sent to the European Commission which, the day after sending the communication, asked the Government of Spain for explanations.

The European Parliament also responded to the CGPJ’s letter. “The parliament follows the situation in Spain with interest. In this way, I can inform you that the Conference of Presidents has decided to include in the agenda of the plenary session of November 22 a debate under the heading: The threat to the rule of law as a consequence of the agreement with the Government of Spain», they said in their answer. The president of the Parliament, Roberta Metsola, refers to the plenary session that will be held in Strasbourg next week, where amnesty will be debated in Spain. MEPs will assess the government’s agreement and examine the scope and impact of the proposed amnesty law.

In this way, the Amnesty Law reached the highest political and legal level in Europe. Two European organizations have expressed their concern about the interference of the Spanish Government in the Judiciary. Following this path, the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, wrote to the Spanish Government asking for details about the planned legislation. Later, through his Twitter account, the spokesperson of the European Commission, Eric Miller, pointed out that they received the draft of this law and that they have just begun their analysis. It will be in the coming days when the European institutions will rule on this legislative text.

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