Tuesday, February 27

Congress votes against recovering the public contest on RTVE as requested by Ciudadanos

Ciudadanos has received a string of criticism from most of the parliamentary groups to the Law Proposal that has been brought this Tuesday to the Plenary Session of Congress so that the Board of Directors of RTVE is once again elected by public contest. The debate takes place days after the crisis triggered in the public entity by the resignation of its president, José Manuel Pérez Tornero, just 18 months after taking office. The presidency has been covered by Elena Sánchez, another of the councilors proposed in her day by the PSOE, who will serve as interim until the final election of a new president, who will need parliamentary support with a reinforced majority.

The deputy for Malaga, Guillermo Díaz, who has served as spokesman for his group, has reviewed how the journalist Rosa María Mateo was appointed by decree as sole provisional administrator to fill the power vacuum after the departure of her predecessor from the PP , José Antonio Sánchez, while the public contest promoted by the groups in Congress, including his own, was taking place. In Díaz’s opinion, Mateo made a “disastrous management” and further sank RTVE’s credibility.

The Citizens deputy, later, has narrated the “traps” that the Government parties made “in collusion with the PP and the PNV”, to “pretend that a public contest was being launched”, but in reality it was “an assault ” to power because everything was already agreed in advance “under the table between Genoa and Moncloa. As a result of this “false competition”, the appointment of José Manuel Pérez Tornero was approved. “There is only one party that has not participated in this indecency”, he has sentenced: “Citizens, who have not participated since 2016 in that distribution of seats”. “They owe a lot of explanations to the Spaniards,” said the deputy.

As he explained, the proposal that they have brought to the Chamber this Tuesday would prevent the charges from being distributed on the basis of “fingering” and “pasteleo”, but rather that “the most prepared” be chosen and that they be the ones who direct “the Corporation and are chosen through “objective tests”. Díaz has criticized the PSOE and the PP for having historically negotiated to divide up the institutions in all legislatures while “leaving Spain in the hands of Bildu and ERC” and “the budgets in the hands of the PNV”.

Tamara Raya, spokesperson for the PSOE, has considered that the Arrimadas proposal is “lacking in rigor and full of gross errors.” “She is a real fudge what they pretend, they mix churras with merinos”, she has snapped. In addition, she considers that the initiative is “the result of political opportunism” and has reproached her for speaking of an “assault” on the power of the institutions when Ciudadanos has supported the PP to do the same in those autonomies in which they govern jointly.

For his part, the PP spokesman, Eduardo Carazo, has reproached the Ciudadanos deputy for the criticism he had launched at them. “We are used to the Adamism of Citizens”, he has reproached him. Then he told him that “what the Spanish want is certainty and trust”, something that his party has never guaranteed, he added.

Carazo, however, has basically agreed with the motivations of Ciudadanos to bring this proposal on RTVE this Tuesday and has recognized that his group wants to “be more part of the solution than the problem.” He has also criticized the forced resignation of Pérez Tornero and “the interference” that he believes is being carried out by the Government in the CIS or in other institutions. In addition, in the opinion of the PP deputy, with the provisional appointment of Elena Sánchez, the Government “has given power again” to someone related to the PSOE without waiting for the endorsement of Congress because “they want to continue controlling” the entity to continue with ” sectarian propaganda.

Joan Mena, from United We Can, has disfigured the spokesperson for Citizens who have brought the proposal only “to wash their faces”, while reminding him that his party has also controlled the regional television stations in the communities where they have coalitions with the popular ones.

Víctor Manuel Sánchez del Real, on behalf of Vox, has celebrated the Ciudadanos proposal, but has told Guillermo Díaz: “It’s fine, but many things are missing”, among others, changes in EFE, a public agency that in his opinion “It continues to function as it did during the Franco regime, at the service of the Government.” The far-right deputy has challenged the Ciudadanos spokesman to now change the composition of the RTVE Control Commission so that it is no longer dominated by the “quadruple alliance”.