Sunday, July 3

United We Can challenge the election of the directors of Telemadrid for being “one more cacicada” of Ayuso

The parliamentary group of United We Can in the Madrid Assembly has sent a letter to the Table this Wednesday in which it requests that the agreement by which the positions for the Telemadrid Board of Directors are distributed be annulled, considering that it does not comply the regulations of the Chamber and that it is one more “cacicada” of the Ayuso Government in its attempt to “have guaranteed control of Madrid’s Public Radio and Television”.

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The second reform of the Autonomous Executive to the Public Radio and Television Law, approved by a simple majority and processed by a single reading, without debate in committee or amendments by the opposition, reduced the number of directors to five and established that all of them would be appointed by proposal of the Assembly. According to the agreement reached by the Assembly Table on Monday of last week, the PP would propose two and Más Madrid, PSOE and Vox, one each.

Given this distribution, the deputy of United We Can in the Assembly, Vanessa Lillo, has assured that the Government of Ayuso “has forgotten that there is another law that regulates how the members of the Board of Directors are elected.” She refers to the regulations of the Chamber itself, which establishes in its article 229 that “the Commission of Radio Television Madrid can propose four of the nine members of the Board of Directors”.

This point refers to the previous composition of the Council, before the reforms, but according to what they maintain from this formation, before starting the procedure for the groups to propose new councilors, “the regulations of the Assembly must be modified, for which a majority is needed that has not been approved in this House”, indicates Lillo.

The PP promoted two reforms of the Public Radio Television Law. With the first, he overthrew the leadership and with the second, he facilitated the appointment of a new one, definitively, before the end of the legislature. “Especially in these modifications, obsessed with modifying the Board of Directors and how the general director is chosen in order to have guaranteed control of the Madrid Public Radio Television, they have forgotten that there is another law that regulates how the members of the Council are chosen. of Administration”, affirms Lillo.

In the letter sent to the Table, United We Can considers that in the case of appointments, the situation posed by the regulation is “if possible, clearer, in fact, crystalline”. Precisely, they argue that in its article 134.6, it indicates that “the establishment through a Law of the Community of Madrid of an election, appointment or appointment procedure by the Assembly of Madrid other than those regulated in this Regulation will require the approval of the articles that establish said procedure by absolute majority”.

An absolute majority that did not have the reform of the Telemadrid law promoted by Ayuso neither in June 2021, nor in April 2022. Because although it went ahead, it did so thanks to the abstention, and not the support, of Vox.

In any case, from United We Can they recognize that their group would not have the option of proposing any counselor, nor following what is established by the regulations of the Chamber. According to his calculations, if four seats were distributed on the Board of Directors, and in accordance with the direct application of the provisions, of the four contemplated in the Assembly’s rule, two would correspond to the Popular Party, one to Más Madrid and another to the PSOE. The only change would be that Vox would stay out and, with the far-right party, the majority that supports the regional president, by action or omission, in all her decisions.