The Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and the PP Institutional Secretary, Esteban González Pons, met this Monday to address the unblocking of the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, in office for more than three years. The talks have been unsuccessful, according to a statement from the PP because the Government is not going to withdraw the reform of the law of the Judiciary to allow the CGPJ to appoint two magistrates of the Constitutional Court of the four who have completed their mandate a month ago now. Something “that makes it impossible to reach agreements with the Government in the field of Justice”, according to the PP leadership.
“The meeting has ended without any agreement, since the Government of Pedro Sánchez maintains its vocation to approve this Thursday the reform of the Organic Law of the Judicial Power that partially returns powers to the CGPJ”, points out the PP, which has reiterated its demand to agree on an in-depth review of the judiciary’s appointment system in order to agree to renew the current one.
Both Alberto Núñez Feijóo and Pablo Casado before, who have refused since 2018 to negotiate the new composition of the CGPJ.
“The blockade to which this decision leads is due to the preferences of Pedro Sánchez, who prefers a Constitutional Court to the liking of the ERC, than a pact for Justice reached with the PP,” the statement concludes.
From the Government they maintain that the PP continues to make “excuses” for not renewing the Judicial Power. “The leader of the PP has changed, but Feijoo and Casado have the same desire to block democratic institutions and the governing body of the judges,” they underlined in Moncloa after the meeting between Bolaños and González Pons.
“No more excuse is admissible on the part of the PP for not undertaking the renewal of the CGPJ immediately. Compliance with the Constitution is not negotiated, government sources reiterate, assuring that some of the issues proposed by the document sent this Monday by Genoa have already been agreed upon with the previous leadership, so they consider that “a good part of the way would be advanced so that the renewal of the CGPJ occurs without delay“.
One of the things that they say in the Government that they were agreed upon is precisely the bill promoted by the PSOE so that the CGPJ can appoint the members of the Constitutional Court that correspond to it despite the impossibility of making appointments with the expired mandate that the Congress introduced at the request of the Socialists and United We Can as a pressure formula for the PP to agree to renew the governing body of the judges. According to Moncloa, the understanding for this bill was reached in the framework of the negotiation by which the Court of Accounts, the Ombudsman and the members of the court of guarantees corresponding to the General Courts were renewed.