Silence for the moment in Brussels regarding the changes that the PSOE and Unidas Podemos want to make within the framework of the reform of the Criminal Code to end the blockade of the Constitutional Court that the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) is generating in functions. The European Commission has avoided ruling on the amendments registered by the groups that support the coalition government under the premise that it is just an announcement, but it has once again urged the renewal of the governing body of judges, which It already exceeds four years with its mandate expired.
“It is an advertisement. We do not comment on announcements”, the European Commission Justice spokesman, Christian Wigand, responded to the proposal advanced by elDiario.es, which consists of reducing the three-fifths majority required until now for the CGPJ to appoint magistrates in the Constitutional Court. and to hold criminal responsibilities to the members and the president of that body who block the renewal of the guarantee court as well as the suppression of the verification of the magistrates.
The spokesman has assured that he was aware of the proposal and has framed it within the blockade of the Spanish judicial system. Thus, he took the opportunity to recall that the “priority” for Brussels is that the CGPJ be renewed and that, from there, the pertinent legal changes be put in place to advance along the lines proposed by the Commission so that judges have a greater weight in the election of its governing body.
That has been the position of Brussels for years before the blockade of the Judiciary due to the refusal of the PP, first by Pablo Casado and now by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, to renew it and before the attempts of that party to raise that conflict to the European institutions . During his visit to Spain in September, the Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, insisted on putting pressure on the conservatives to unblock the situation before the reform of the system is launched.
Despite the fact that it is an amendment for now, the Government’s intention is to accelerate these legislative changes as much as possible by introducing them via amendments in the reform of the Penal Code with which they will touch on sedition and embezzlement in the framework of the negotiations with CKD. Said amendments will be debated in the Justice Commission of Congress on Monday with the aim that the new rules are definitively approved before the end of the year after passing through the Senate.