January 27, 2021

The Commission of CCAA of the Senate studies the Canarian Statute, which will be approved definitively next week

The Commission of CCAA of the Senate studies the Canarian Statute, which will be approved definitively next week


The General Commission of Autonomous Communities of the Senate will debate and approve this Thursday the reform of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands, so that it is sent to the Plenary next week for its final ratification and entry into force.

The text, backed by PP, PSOE, CC and NC, received in Congress the only vote against Unidos Podemos although Ciudadanos and ERC abstained. In the Upper Chamber, it has received 80 amendments from the first two parties and from the Senator from the Gomera Socialist Group, although finally Unidos Podemos has withdrawn theirs, 61, which will therefore not be debated tomorrow or in the Plenary.

The commission will review on Thursday the other 19 amendments that remain alive, which will be rejected with the votes of the parties that support this reform. Only the PP, with an absolute majority, would be enough to move the text forward in the Senate.

The General Committee will therefore not introduce changes in the law and will send it to the plenary session next week. Neither in this last procedure canary Statute will receive modifications so it will end its processing in the Cortes and will be published in the BOE, to then enter into force. The Senate will also approve in that plenary the reform of the Canary Islands Economic and Fiscal Regime, which will follow the same path as the Statute.

NO MORE THAN 70 AUTONOMOUS DEPUTIES

Senator Yaiza Castilla (Gomera Socialist Group), whose party has no representation in Congress, has registered five amendments. The Canarian parliamentarian raises among other things to reform the electoral reform provided by the Statute and has been the cause of disagreements and delays in the reform of this law.

Castilla says in one of the amendments that the proposed solution "distorts the democratic representation" and breaks the model of the historical model of "triple parity".

To establish any change in the electoral law, the senator claims that it must be approved by two thirds of the autonomous Parliament, not the three fifths provided, and that the Canarian Chamber in no case has more than 70 deputies (this Statute provides that they can be 75).

CITIZENS, AGAINST "STATE STRUCTURES"

As for Citizens, he has registered in the Senate 14 amendments with which he insists on issues that he already defended in Congress, without success. It raises, among other issues, that the maximum number of parliamentarians from the Autonomous Community is 70 and proposes a new distribution of seats between islands while there are 60.

The formation reiterates again in the Senate its critics to the regulation of matters relative to the Judicial Podemo and requests the suppression of several articles. In the opinion of this party, the Canary Islands Statute imitates the Catalan in several aspects to provide for example an autonomous Council of Justice to collaborate with the administration of justice, or by regulating the "territorialization" of the Office of the Superior Prosecutor. Nothing makes sense, argues Citizens, when this Power is not decentralized, it is the exclusive competence of the State.

"It is the emulation towards hell, that is what is shown to us, not towards virtue, towards the solution of problems, but to the creation of problems as a micro-structure of State for a maximum political deception: to propose organisms, institutions, organs and others that are not going to solve anything ", affirms Citizens in one of the amendments.

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