The Congress of Deputies has approved by majority the legal reform that unlocks the renewal of part of the Constitutional Court and facilitates a progressive majority for the coming years. The lower house, with 187 votes in favor, 152 against and 7 abstentions, has approved the reform of the Law that allows the General Council of the Judiciary to renew two magistrates, also giving the green light for the central executive to renew the other two that correspond to him. The rule now goes to the Senate.
Brussels reaffirms its “concern” about the blockade of the CGPJ and urges its renewal and then change its method of election
The reform that has just gone ahead in the lower house facilitates the renewal of four members of the Constitutional Court and that the new proportion draws a progressive majority. Two of those magistrates who will change are those appointed by the central executive, so it is foreseeable that the two outgoing conservative profiles will be replaced by two progressives, which will already leave a progressive majority in the court of guarantees. It also sets a deadline, until September 13, for the CGPJ to name its two candidates.
The General Council of the Judiciary, however, could not appoint the two magistrates that correspond to it, since their mandate had expired three and a half years ago and it had been prohibited by law since last year. With this reform it will be possible and the central executive also saves another possible problem: it was not clear that each one could renew their quota of magistrates on their own and not jointly.
The movement comes at a time of key decisions in the Constitutional Court. The plenary has yet to address issues of such social importance as the PP’s appeal against the Abortion Law, pending for more than a decade, Vox’s appeals against laws such as Euthanasia or Child Protection or against the Celaá Law of Education, among others.
The majority of the lower house decided yesterday that the legal initiative would be urgently processed this Thursday after the votes on the Democratic Memory Law. With 183 votes in favor, 152 against and 8 abstentions, it was decided to take it into consideration after the PSOE deputy, Francisco Aranda, addressed the Popular Party to demand the end of the blockade for the renewal of the CGPJ: “Stop making excuses and comply with the Constitution”, said the socialist after José Antonio Bermúdez de Castro (PP) accused the executive of using Congress to “remove and put powers in the CGPJ based on their political convenience”, denouncing a “regulatory fraud” .