Just hours after the European Commission return to summon the government and opposition to sit at the negotiating table To renew the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ), in a temporary situation since 2018 due to the bloquo of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado has stated this Wednesday his intention to maintain this paralysis to appoint new members of the Judicial Power that, in the Currently, it is in office with the conservative majority elected in 2013, when the PP ruled with an absolute majority.
From Carlos Lesmes to Enrique López: the revolving doors between the PP and the justice that Casado now says to fight
“We are not going to leave our demand that the judges choose the judges,” Casado assured at a press conference in Congress, a day after the Executive announced the withdrawal of the controversial bill that modified the system of majorities to elect the members of the CGPJ, which currently requires a reinforced majority of three-fifths of the Lower House and that the Government proposed to reduce to an absolute majority. “Europe gave us the reason and the Government ends up giving us the reason and withdraws the reform that meant the end of judicial independence”, has considered the leader of the PP.
Casado has recalled all the failed negotiations in recent months to renew the Judiciary in which the PP has finally always ended up getting up from the table, breaking the agreements with the Government. “I will get up again as many times as necessary,” stressed the top leader of the popular. “Yes there is plan B to the state of alarm but there is no plan B to the rule of law. Sánchez must comply with the separation of powers and judicial independence,” concluded the leader of the PP, who has issued his umpteenth warning: “Yes Sánchez accepts to reinforce judicial independence and the separation of powers, tomorrow the CGPJ can be renewed “.
In reality, the main obstacle to renewal is the PP’s veto of one of the two names proposed by United We Can for the new CGPJ, that of the current delegate of the Government against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosell, in her claim to ” put an end to revolving doors in Justice. ”
In addition, the popular also rejected the entry of Judge José Ricardo de Prada who they blame for the Gürtel sentence that evicted Mariano Rajoy from the Government. In this case, the argument of those of Casado was that he had not passed the cut in the list of 40 that the judges propose for the governing body – it was interpreted that his presence in the Court of The Hague did not comply with the requirement of being in active service – and with that reasoning they have decided to veto their entry through the other access door to the General Council of the Judicial Power, the quota of jurists of recognized prestige.
The “revolving doors” of the PP in Justice
The veto of the two names proposed by United We Can, after months repeating that the PP did not want anyone proposed by the coalition led by Pablo Iglesias in the Judiciary, ended up smashing last February the long negotiations between the Government and the main opposition party to renew the governing body of the judges and other constitutional bodies.
These vetoes occurred despite the fact that Enrique López, Minister of Justice in Madrid, has been negotiating on behalf of the PP for months and, together with the current president of the CGPJ and the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, one of the most flagrant examples of what has been the transition from the courts to politics and vice versa in the last years of the PP’s administration, which now criticizes Casado’s leadership.
This Tuesday, the EU Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, again summoned the parties to negotiate. “They have to go back to the negotiating table”, said the Belgian in a conversation with some Spanish media: “We ask all political forces to sit down and discuss to reach an agreement. But we not only ask for the reform of the CGPJ, but a clear commitment from all political forces that they will comply in the future with European standards in their entirety” .