On the birthday of the Spanish Constitution, Pedro Sánchez and Alberto Núñez Feijóo have been open to meet before the end of 2023 to address the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ). The President of the Government also wants to discuss the reform of article 49 of the Constitution to eliminate the term “diminished”, as well as to start talking about financing.
But the main topic of this meeting would be a renewal of the CGPJ that from Brussels they urge to be done in the shortest time possible. Optimism does not prevail on the part of the Government, according to socialist sources consulted by laSexta, which They see it as very difficult for there to be an agreement in the short term.
From the PSOE, they regret not seeing credible gestures that make them think that the PP wants to reach an agreement to unblock the CGPJ. In the PP, they defend that Feijóo will attend the meeting with Pedro Sánchez to discuss this issue, but they warn that his position is the same one that they have always defended.
The PP sees it as essential that the Government register an initiative in Congress to change the system of election of judges, for the judges to choose the judges. Until that happens, there will be no agreement, since they will not reach a meeting point. Pessimism also reaches the president of the CGPJ, Vicente Guilarte, who sees both parties as “a little entrenched” in their positions.
“I can’t do more. If no one moves… well, we will continue here. Being here Political game toy doesn’t make much sense to me“, Guilarte told the laSexta microphones.
What PSOE and PP defend in the blockade of the CGPJ
There are two opposing positions in the conflict over the renewal of the CGPJ. The first is that of the PSOE, which demands that the PP allows to renew, “in compliance with the Constitution”, the body. Afterwards, they opt to open a dialogue to address a change in the law, but always if a renewal that is years overdue occurs first.
On the other side is the PP, which is betting on the opposite path: change the system of election of judges in exchange for unblocking the body. This was expressed by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who has insisted that the “ball” is in the Government’s court and that both efforts “can be done simultaneously.”
“Let’s make the law and renew the Council simultaneously. Let’s sign an agreement, present it to society and process the law. This is what we want,” defends Feijóo, who accuses the PSOE of creating “a setup” by saying that the ‘popular’ do not want to renew the CGPJ. “Sánchez’s objective is not to renew the Council but to control the members of the Council, which is an absolutely different thing,” he says.
What does Europe say? Closer to the position of the PSOE than that of the PP
While Sánchez and Feijóo decide when to see each other before drinking the grapes, in Europe they are beginning to draw attention to Spain due to the blockade of the CGPJ. The European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, was clear this Monday: the body must be “urgently” renewed and, then, the system reformed.
This implies that Europe supports the position of the PSOE in the conflict over the renewal of the CGPJ, showing itself open to receiving alternative proposals that can help unblock an issue that has been unanswered for years. “After five years, renewal is more and more urgent,” Reynders made clear.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has stated that it has “zero concern” about the rule of law in Spain, a conclusion that Reynders did not convey to Bolaños because its analysis of the amnesty law “is still ongoing”, while awaiting the final version. of the law.
In Europe there is “zero concern” about democratic health in Spain, although we did receive a slap on the wrist regarding the renewal of the CGPJ. We do not know if the new year will bring nougat or coal, but the unlocking of the CGPJ does not seem clear that it will happen either.