Pedro Sánchez saw a window of opportunity to renew the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), which has been in office for two years due to the blockade of the PP, in the motion of censure promoted by Vox that was debated last week. He harsh speech by Pablo Casado against Santiago Abascal He had an immediate response from the president, who extended his hand to reach agreements: announced the brake on the processing of the reform that PSOE and United We Can registered in Congress to be able to renew the governing body of the judges bypassing the veto of the conservatives. Contacts started immediately, but there has been no progress. Faced with this situation and the PP’s refusal to support the state of alarm if its condition that it lasts only eight weeks is not accepted, the government is re-applying pressure on Casado.
Juan Carlos Campo: “There has been constant conversation with the PP, if we sit down willingly, we will soon renew the Judiciary”
“We have called the PP from the next minute and there is no way. There is not much time because there is no one who understands this,” state government sources about the lack of progress by Casado, who they reproach for wanting to focus the debate now on the state of alarm in the presence of the President and the Government in Congress and not in the epidemiological data, according to those sources. “We are going to wait, but little,” they respond from the Government about the time that Sánchez’s offer to paralyze the processing of the reform of the law of the Judicial Power with which he would circumvent the blockade of the PP by reducing the majority of three fifths (210) required to elect part of the CGPJ an absolute majority (176).
After Vox’s motion of censure, the Government trusted to be able to reach agreements with the PP. The Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, who is in charge of leading the CGPJ negotiation, assured in an interview on elDiario.es that the contacts with the person in charge of the area in Genoa, Enrique López, have never ceased, and he was convinced that the agreement could arrive soon if the negotiation was resumed on the basis of what was discussed until the summer.
In the Government they urge the PP to reach an understanding to renew the governing body of the judges that has expired for two years and so that they are composed according to the electoral results of a year ago, since the current one was formed with the absolute majority of the PP. Regarding the margin that will be given to Casado, socialist sources maintain that the term will be decided by Sánchez. In the ranks of the PSOE, the proposal to reform the law of the Judiciary generates doubts, especially in the criticisms that have come from Europe.
However, the government does not appreciate the expected change in Casado. “The language of the PP that same afternoon was warlike,” these sources point out about the hangover of the motion of censure, who also regret the position they are maintaining regarding the extension of the state of alarm. The leader of the PP wants it to remain only eight weeks and discards the offer made by the president in the control session to the Government to be reviewed by the Interterritorial Health Council, where the communities are represented, in March.
“It is an error of the PP wanting to turn the control into a great debate when they spent seven months without any type of control,” they recall from the Government about Mariano Rajoy’s refusal to appear in Congress the time he was in office. “What we do not want is a continuous debate of pim pam pum, which does a disservice to democracy,” say those sources, who also reproach Casado for saying that the alarm decree serves Sánchez to circumvent judicial control. “Casado puts false data. He says that the alarm is without judicial control and everything has judicial control,” these sources reprimand, recalling that the Constitutional Court will have to rule on the matter.
Regarding parliamentary control, the Government maintains that the accountability that Sánchez does weekly is sufficient and they bet that those responsible for the regional executives appear in their respective parliaments since they are the ones who will apply the measures established in the alarm state.