The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has asked the Popular Party on Tuesday to “comply with what was signed” in reference to the written agreement reached by the PSOE and the main opposition party in October 2021 to renew the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ), blocked by the PP since 2018, but from which the party that Pablo Casado was still leading finally dropped at the last moment.
The PP joins the Judiciary in a definitive blockade after the reform to renew the Constitutional
During a visit to the island of La Palma, Sánchez recalled that the PP has been “1,351 days” blocking said renewal. “There is no precedent in Europe for a blockade like the one that is being submitted to the judges”, he has emphasized during a press conference. That is why he wanted to make a new “call for responsibility and constitutional loyalty” to the main opposition party so that it sits down at the table again and signs the agreement reached nine months ago.
Asked about the pact reached in October by the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and the then General Secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, whose document was published this Tuesday by The country, Sánchez has assured the following: “I confirm that there was an agreement with the PP leadership to renew the CGPJ.” However, the head of the Executive has insisted on asking the PP “to comply with what was signed, to comply with the law and the Constitution.”
Sánchez has insisted that “the obstructionist, blocking attitude” and “saying no to everything” maintained by the PP, now in the hands of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, “has no precedent in Europe.” And “the Government extends its hand, we are ready to renew the CGPJ tomorrow and what I ask is that the PP complies with the Constitution, with the law and with the agreements it signs,” he insisted, in response to journalists.
Energy saving measures “are an agreement” of the EU
But in addition to the renewal of the institutions, Sánchez has also demanded that the PP “responsibility” in the matter that has caused a new open battle between the Government and the opposition in the middle of August: compliance with the energy saving decree that the Community of Madrid threatened at first not to abide by and that has also taken before the Constitutional Court. A decree that has also shown the internal differences within the PP between the Feijóo leadership, not so harsh against the measures, and the regional government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso.
“The energy saving measures”, Sánchez recalled, “we have assumed all the member states, they are an agreement”. “Spain is a pro-European country by conviction”, he added, to recognize that although the country does not depend “so much on Russian gas”, it must be “in solidarity” with the rest of the European countries. Once again, the President of the Government has made “an appeal to common sense, responsibility, solidarity and unity” to the PP, because, as he has said, “war is a challenge for the whole of European society” . “Make a call for responsibility, separating the partisan fight in a central issue”, he has insisted.