The Central Electoral Board has decided this Thursday to dismiss the complaint filed by the Popular Party against the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, for some of the announcements made in recent days and, referring to the activity of the Executive but which, in the opinion of the formation chaired by Pablo Casado, had "an evident electoral connotation", which would break the law.
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Specifically, the PP focused on the announcement made by Sánchez last Monday in Níjar (Almería) according to which the Government will invest 1,000 million in the agribusiness sector. On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers approved the plan. And despite the fact that the announcement was not made in Castilla y León, the PP considered that the scope of the measure had an impact on the final stretch of the campaign. In the opinion of those of Casado, the Government has "the intention of influencing the elections in Castilla y León, or at least, without observing the minimum duty of care, with absolute disregard for the norm."
But the JEC dismantles the theory of the PP and rejects its demand. The highest electoral body considers that in the case of the institutional declaration made by Sánchez in Níjar "the public and institutional nature of said act is unequivocal, given that according to said nature it was treated by the Ministry of the Presidency of the Government, which included it within the President's Agenda for that day".
"Furthermore," adds the JEC, "municipal authorities were present at said act and the activity carried out was linked to public-private collaboration agreements." For all these reasons, "after a careful examination of the content of the denounced statement" the Board considers that, "within the context in which they were issued, the statements of the President of the Government at the end of his visit maintained a reasonable level of institutional neutrality and were circumscribed to the specific and concrete scope of the visit to a geothermal plant located in Andalusia, so that -although the projects mentioned by the President are national in scope- it cannot be deduced that they have had an appreciable impact on the regional electoral process of Castile and Leon".
Therefore, the Electoral Board understands "that there has been no violation of the prohibition" of the so-called 'achievement campaigns' of the governments during the electoral campaigns, "established in article 50.2 of the LOREG", "In addition, no It must be forgotten that, as this Board has also recently pointed out, the existence of an ongoing electoral process does not interrupt the normal functioning of public administrations", adds the aforementioned body.
"In the case that concerns us here, the President of the Government avoids the introduction of evaluative statements of electoral content, to which is added the additional fact that it does not seem, or at least it is not accredited, that from the Ministry of the Presidency of the Government there has been an imprudent treatment of said declarations aimed at their massive dissemination, which can be considered as an instrumentalization of the means and public resources available to the Administration with a view to mobilizing the vote of the Castilian-Leonese for the benefit of a specific candidacy ", ditch.
In addition, regarding the complaint regarding the publicity given to the agreements adopted in the Council of Ministers on the official website of the Presidency of the Government, the Electoral Board points out that "it cannot be appreciated that these messages have a particular electoral incidence in the elections to the Cortes of Castilla y León". "On the contrary, it includes a summary of some agreements of the Council of Ministers and the intervention made by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food [en la rueda de prensa posterior, intervención que, como decimos, no ha sido cuestionada por la formación denunciante", añade.
La Junta también señala que el anuncio de Sánchez "se refería a un Proyecto Estratégico para la Recuperación y Recuperación Económica (PERTE), y que el artículo 34.2 del Reglamento (UE) 2021/241 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo, de 12 de febrero de 2021, señala que los perceptores de fondos de esa naturaleza deberán velar por dar visibilidad a la financiación europea, facilitando información coherente, efectiva y proporcionada dirigida a múltiples destinatarios, incluidos los medios de comunicación y el público".
Por tanto, esos mensajes denunciados por el PP "pueden entenderse cubiertos por esa exigencia de información regulada en la normativa comunitaria, y en consecuencia como campaña imprescindible para salvaguarda del interés público o para el correcto desenvolvimiento de los servicios públicos, como se recoge en la letra b) del apartado Cuarto de la Instrucción de la Junta Electoral Central 2/2011". Por todo ello, la JEC sentencia que "no cabe considerar que se haya producido una transgresión del artículo 50.2 de la LOREG". Y, "a la vista de las consideraciones efectuadas, procede desestimar íntegramente la denuncia formulada".
Contra la decisión de la JEC cabe la interposición de recurso contencioso-administrativo ante la Sala Tercera del Tribunal Supremo en el plazo de dos meses desde su notificación.