Tuesday, October 4

The Government minimizes the breach of the Judicial Power and assumes that it will appoint its Constitutional magistrates


The Government does not want to put pressure on the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and excuses it for failing to comply with the law by not appointing the corresponding Constitutional Court magistrates today. The term of the rule approved by the Cortes ended on September 13. In the Executive they are convinced that the governing body of the judges will make their appointment “in the next few days” and minimize the fact that they are breaking the law from this very Tuesday. “The Government does not contemplate another scenario that the governing body of the judges, which has an institutional position, proceeds to appoint the magistrates of the Constitutional Court in compliance with the current law,” said the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, in reference to the legislative change promoted by PSOE and United We Can so that the CGPJ could appoint the magistrates of the court of guarantees despite being in office.

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“I am sure that in a few days we will have that agreement, that result,” Llop continued about the conversations that the members of the Judicial Power are having, who plan to hold a meeting in the near future. Llop has confirmed that the Government will wait for the body chaired by Carlos Lesmes to propose their names so that the Executive appoints those that correspond to it within the third that had to be renewed now. “We will wait for that renewal to proceed with the appointment of the magistrates that correspond to the Government”, Llop has expressed against what Pedro Sánchez said in July, when he assured that the Council of Ministers would propose their names in September regardless of whether the Judicial Power did it or didn’t.

In the Government they have always been certain that the CGPJ would appoint their magistrates for the Constitutional until last week the conservative sector stirred up and it was impossible to reach an agreement. Only the foundations were laid to reach consensus and, since then, there has been no progress, despite the fact that the deadline expired this Tuesday.

The Executive tries to discharge the responsibility of the governing body of the judges and points directly to the PP. “We are at a time, in a situation of institutional blockage, of the renewal of the Judiciary exclusively because of the PP. If the Council had been renewed, if the Constitution had been complied with, we would not be in this situation”, said Llop at the press conference after the Council of Ministers in reference to the refusal of Pablo Casado, first, and now of Alberto Núñez Feijóo to renew the governing body of the judges. In the Executive they maintain that the PP seeks with this blockade that the conservative majority endures to block or overthrow laws such as euthanasia or others that are already in the guarantee body.

That will be the direction in which the Government will continue to press, remembering that it has the support of the European Commission, which has once again insisted on the need to renew the CGPJ, which is already approaching four years of expired mandate. Llop has also pointed out that he will meet in Madrid with the Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, at the end of the month. “It is a very important and important issue for our institutions. That’s why I want to talk to Sheriff Reynders. I want you to hear me and hear my voice, “he added.

Moncloa continues with the strategy of going against Alberto Núñez Feijóo from all platforms and has taken advantage of the press conference of the Council of Ministers to criticize the decision to vote against the admission for processing of special taxes on banking and energy companies. “It is the same thing that he did in the Government: be with the bank. Then the PP decided to be with the bank. €60 billion [ha recordado Isabel Rodríguez sobre el rescate en la crisis financiera] and today Feijóo, like Rajoy and Casado, is back with the interests of the bank”.

Discomfort with the emeritus

Moncloa has also tried to distance himself again from Juan Carlos I, who will be part of the Spanish delegation at the funeral of Elizabeth II at the express wish of the United Kingdom, which has extended an invitation to the former head of state and his wife, Sofía de Greece, in addition to the current monarchs. For the Executive, it will be Felipe VI and Letizia Ortiz who will officially represent Spain.

“The Government is not going to make any consideration of a private invitation. Our country is going to be represented by King Felipe”, the spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, has limited herself to saying, who has avoided specifying whether the trip of Juan Carlos I will be like the ones he has made since he has been in Abu Dhabi with his personal means or if it will be part of the official trip.

Asked if Juan Carlos does not represent Spain, Rodríguez has made it clear that this role corresponds exclusively to Felipe VI: “King Felipe is the one who, as head of state, represents our country.”

Rodríguez has also tried to play down the disagreements within the coalition, which this Tuesday have a new one in the Podemos proposal to put a cap on variable-rate mortgages. The party led by Ione Belarra proposes that banks must compulsorily offer their clients the possibility of benefiting from a reduction, for one year, of the variable rate to 0.10%. But Moncloa rejects that proposal that he recalls is from the United We Can parliamentary group and not from the Government.

“There are many decisions that we are adopting, it is normal that this dynamic of proposals is there, the effort is valued, but it is very important that we are able to value what the country is doing as a whole. Unfortunately, we are all in that except the main opposition party”, Rodríguez replied after listing some of the measures put in place by the Executive, such as free transport subscriptions that depend on the State or the fuel discount, among others. others. Thus, he has tried to minimize internal discrepancies and underline the agreements that have been reached to carry out 160 measures in Parliament: “They demonstrate the strength, agility and effort of this Government.”



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