The Government and the PP have reached an agreement in record time for the renewal of part of the constitutional bodies that had their mandate expired. The most controversial one, the General Council of the Judiciary, for which Genoa maintains the veto, is left out of the pact, although the negotiations are still open. The talks were resumed this Wednesday, after the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, extended his hand to Pedro Sánchez to proceed to renew the Constitutional Court, the Accounts Court, the Ombudsman and the Data Protection Agency, although made it clear that the governing body on Thursdays would not enter the package until the appointment formula is modified, something that the coalition Executive is not willing to do.
In just 24 hours, the partial agreement was made possible, despite the government’s intention to negotiate all the institutions together. “After the conversations between the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, and the general secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, this morning, the Socialist Party and the Popular Party have reached an agreement that will allow the renewal of the Constitutional Court, the Court of Accounts, the Ombudsman and the Data Protection Agency, “Moncloa reported in a statement.
“The renewal of these bodies will be carried out in a plenary session that is expected to be held the week of October 25 both in the Congress of Deputies and in the Senate,” adds the message, agreed with the PP.
The agreement, provided it is completed, thus ends several years of expired mandates and institutional blockade in almost all organs. The Constitutional Court itself, for example, had four of its magistrates out of time since November 2019, almost two years ago. The case of the Court of Auditors was less bloody, since only they had been in office since July of this year. The record is held by the Ombudsman, which had to be renewed in 2017.