Balls out. The Government pressures Alberto Núñez Feijóo to renew the Judiciary and thus be able to do the same with the four magistrates of the Constitutional Court who exhausted their mandate on June 12. Point out the leader of the PP as guilty of the blockade and, perhaps at the time, as guilty of the Executive deciding unilateral renewals. But La Moncloa has found this Tuesday that the pressure is for them and nothing less than the European Commission, which has asked that the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) be perceived as a “politicized” body and has indicated the convenience that the election system be carried out “by the peers”, that is, that the judges choose the judges.
This pressure has made La Moncloa’s claim to point out the guilty cartel in the PP lose integers. The Executive considers that the main message that the vice president of the European Commission responsible for the Rule of Law, Vera Jourova, has poured out this Tuesday in the Congress of Deputies, has urged to renew the Judiciary and that this would point to Feijóo for blocking. They ignore the message to change the election system.
“The drama is not the procedure for electing the members of the Judiciary. The drama is that the PP refuses to comply with the Constitution and blocks it,” they clear from La Moncloa. The thesis of the Government is that the election by the Congress and the Senate takes place on the basis of lists of candidates presented by the various associations of magistrates, and that therefore they do have participation.
To this they add the argument that judges already participate in the election of judges, since they vote in general elections, participate in the formation of a Congress and a Senate and it is the Courts that elect the 20 members.
When the European Commission speaks of the judges electing the judges, they mean that they do so directly, not that they participate in the election: “It is important that the appointment of these people be studied as a priority.” And Jourova added: “There must be a system of election by their counterparts in accordance with the standards of the Council of Europe. This issue must be resolved as soon as possible.”
But the Executive defends the current model and has no doubt that the pending renewal must be done in accordance with current legislation. “In Spain, the judges participate in the election of their governing body,” Isabel Rodríguez, spokesperson for the Executive, reiterated, “through the body that represents the Spanish people, which is Congress.”
“The drama today is that the main opposition party refuses to comply with the Constitution, which cannot be complied with a la carte or by inventory exercise,” they defend in the Government.
All this occurs in a context where the strategy is to try to focus on Feijóo while some ministers have already opened the possibility that the Executive unilaterally appoint the two members of the Constitutional that corresponds to it, without waiting for the Power Judiciary can appoint the two granted by the Constitution. In La Moncloa they try to cool down the matter and it is certain that they will wait for the result of the Andalusian elections to make a decision, but they want to put the ball in the court of the PP. Although the government sources consulted do not rate how long they are willing to wait for the popular ones. “Feijóo has been breaching the Constitution for two months now, and now he needs another month?” They ask in the Government.
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