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The European Commission denounces that the Judiciary is “hostage” of the blockade and demands its renewal


The vice president of the European Commission, Vera Jourová, has written to the president of the General Council of the Judiciary, Carlos Lesmes, to denounce the situation of this body and demand its renewal. “The urgency and the absolute priority is to immediately put an end to the interim situation of the CGPJ by proceeding with its renewal, so that it recovers its full institutional normality and can thus adequately carry out the essential democratic functions that correspond to it,” says the letter. .

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It is not the first time that this body has expressed itself and demands the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary. He explains in this new letter, addressed to Lesmes, that his position is “clear” and has been “repeatedly expressed”, for the last time in the report on the rule of law this year.

In that report, the Commission already explained that Spain had to proceed “with priority to the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary” and then reform the process of appointing a part of the members. He now insists on this message: “The unblocking of the situation, and the consequent recovery of the necessary institutional normality, should open the way to address other issues such as the reform of the election system of the members of the CGPJ, which the Commission considers necessary”.

The European Commission alludes to the lack of political agreement to renew the governing body of the judges, whose mandate expired at the end of 2018, with the Popular Party blocking the negotiation. “The proper functioning of State institutions, which is the only interest of the Commission, should not be part of the political debate and even less be held hostage to that debate,” reproaches the European Commission.

Jourová’s letter comes a few days after the opening of the judicial year and the speech in which the president of the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes, also denounced the blockade situation, leaving the door open to leave office if there is no political agreement. It also comes at a particularly tense moment within the governing body of the judges: a part of the conservative sector has refused to appoint the two magistrates of the Constitutional Court within the term established by law, which has extended the blockade of the CGPJ to the renewal of a third of the court of guarantees.



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