June 12. It is the deadline that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has given to the new leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, in the first meeting between the two, which is being held this Thursday at the Palacio de la Moncloa. The Galician leader arrived at the presidential complex at 11 in the morning. The appointment has lasted almost exactly three hours and in the previous days the tension between the two has only increased. Sánchez has put on the table the unblocking of the Judiciary, in office for more than three years, and the PP's support for the royal decree law on anti-crisis measures, which Feijóo will not support if the Executive does not agree to a tax reduction that has not completely delimited but that could add up to 7,500 million only in personal income tax.
The PP trusts its options to reach the Government to the way in which Sánchez resolves the crisis
The renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary is one of the issues that marked the meeting's agenda. In fact, the Government has offered up to 11 agreements in as many other matters to the opposition leader. The first is the unblocking of the governing body of the judges, in office since 2019. The Government's idea is to make the renewal of the CGPJ coincide with that of the Constitutional Court, so the deadline would be June 12, when the term expires. mandate of four of the 12 magistrates of the High Court: those appointed by the Executive and those corresponding precisely to the CGPJ.
Without one, it is difficult to designate the others, so the blockade imposed by Casado's PP on the CGPJ could cause the Constitutional Court to rebound.
However, Feijóo has not been shown in the previous days very predisposed to renew the CGPJ. In his opinion, he is not among the priorities of the citizenry. What is, he has said, is the economic crisis and the increase in priceswhich the leader of the PP proposes to counteract with a direct drop in the IPRF which, although he did not want to encrypt, could be around 7,500 million.
The president of the PP has indicated in an appearance after the meeting that it has been “very cordial”. "And much less fruitful than I would have liked," he added. “I do not have any good news for families, workers or companies. I cannot transfer to the citizens who are having the worst time that we have been able to materialize a single economic proposal, beyond the royal decree law that the Government intends to validate without further ado”, Feijóo pointed out.
“This is unfortunately the first conclusion. The president has not considered it opportune to even initiate an alternative proposal, which I presented in a generic way and will send in a precise and documented way to the Presidency of the Government”, he added, which confirms the inconcretion of his multiple messages of tax reductions, from the 20,000 million in hydrocarbons at 7,500 of personal income tax, to give two examples.
As for the CGPJ, Feijóo has said that they have agreed to "resume talks", and has raised the need to "change the method" of election so that "the judges and magistrates" appointed "are of the best profiles."
The 11 pacts of Pedro Sánchez
The renewal of the Judiciary is one of the 11 pacts proposed by Sánchez to Feijóo, which the Government has divided into four blocks: compliance with and updating of the Constitution and democratic regeneration; unity in responding to the economic consequences of war and commitment to mitigating climate change; State pact against gender violence and loyalty in State policies.
“During this time, the legitimacy of the coalition government and of the president himself has been questioned on numerous occasions from the main opposition party. This situation, unprecedented in Spanish democracy, has led to denying the Government its constitutional legitimacy to carry out its work”, Moncloa wrote in a statement detailing the 11 points.
The first of the agreements proposed by the Government is to renew the General Council of the Judiciary, which is three years old since its mandate expired, a situation that the judiciary itself describes as "unsustainable". After this, the next step is also the renewal of the Constitutional Court, which this coming June is responsible for the renewal of its members appointed by the Government and the CGPJ.
Also in judicial matters, the Sánchez Executive is going to propose to Feijóo to reform article 49 of the Constitution. In May of last year, the Council of Ministers approved the renewal project that, among other things, changes the term 'handicapped' to 'person with a disability' or contemplates the different dimensions of the protection of these people.
Another of the agreements is the elimination of the vote requested so that people residing abroad vote in the elections, or the return of the PP to the Anti-Transfuguism Pact and for Institutional Stability.
On the other hand, the Government has proposed to Feijóo to approve the National Response Plan to the Economic and Social Consequences of the war in Ukraine and in energy matters, the Executive proposes an agreement for the energy transition, the 2030 Agenda and to guarantee prices of affordable and stable energy in the context of war.
Also in the crisis, the Executive asks Feijóo for support and coordination around the European Funds and the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. On the other hand, he has asked to shield the State Pact against Gender Violence that was signed in December 2017 by all the political forces with representation in Parliament, the communities and the local entities represented in the FEMP.
They have also called for a pact on foreign policy because, they argue, the country aspires "to consolidate and expand its position on the international, European scene" and the relationship with the countries with which it shares a neighborhood based on "the fundamental principles of foreign policy". outside of our country, such as multilateralism and respect for international legality”.
Finally, they ask for consensus with the main opposition party on matters related to National Security or cybersecurity.