The lawyers of Congress have communicated this Monday to the PNV that “it is not appropriate” to admit the bill that they registered last week to limit the inviolability of the king to acts related to his position. In the text, advanced by The country and to which this newspaper has had access, those legal services of the Lower House allege that the initiative violates the Constitution, so it is expected that it will be overthrown this Tuesday at the Congress Table by PSOE, PP and Vox, who form a majority, and that They have always rejected measures referring to the Royal House, hiding behind similar reports.
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The proposal, the lawyers point out, “invades the existing constitutional reservation regarding the essential elements of the Crown defined in Title II of the Constitution, by seeking a normative development contrary to the legal regime of the inviolability of the Head of State, in the terms in which it is configured in article 56.3 of the Constitution, not being possible to regulate this matter by means of a Law Proposal”.
The PNV presented the initiative with the idea that procedural situations such as those related to Juan Carlos I cannot be repeated, whose cases for his alleged illicit enrichment and tax fraud have been filed by the Spanish courts arguing, precisely, that inviolability contained in the Constitution .
The proposal, framed in the field of “democratic regeneration” or progress on “major issues”, as described by the PNV spokesman in Congress, Aitor Esteban, joins the legislative reforms already presented in Congress by the Group Basque as the update of the Francoist law of Official Secrets, the one related to improving the controls of the CNI after the espionage scandal, or the one known as the Gag Law. All of them, in line with the objective of the PNV of being “more effective than declarative”.
An “institutional mismatch”
“With the issue of inviolability, an institutional imbalance is being generated,” Esteban assured last week. “So it does not seem logical that, under the principle of justice that presides over the Constitution, the constitutional values of equality before the law, responsibility… such an extensive interpretation of inviolability is made as the one that is made. It seems logical that we go to a limited inviolability. The brief constitutional text, subject to development, must be faced”, he added.
The nationalist spokesman urged the parliamentary groups in the Chamber to face this “urgent” reform “now”, and made an express mention of the majority party in the Chamber. “The PSOE is the one who has the upper hand. I want to see if he does the ostrich thing again and puts his head under the ground or if he wants to democratize the institution and the institutional framework. If there really is a problem, let’s face it, ”he settled.
The report of the lawyers known today foreseeably puts an end to the processing of the initiative and it is the umpteenth that prevents any progress in terms of providing transparency to the Royal House or to investigate the alleged corruption of the king emeritus. All the requests for the creation of an investigation commission have been overturned by the majority of the Congress Table with the votes of PSOE, PP and Vox.