“Before a month has elapsed, the PP will send the PSOE a proposal for the renewal of the constitutional bodies, for the reform of Justice and for the regeneration of Justice.” This is how Esteban González Pons has announced the new deadlines for his party to unblock the CGPJ, whose members have been in office for more than three and a half years. The deputy general secretary of Institutional for the popular believes that the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary will take place before the summer holidays, but he has set a red line.
Which? That, at the same time that the members of the Council are changed, a legal reform is undertaken to “depoliticize Justice”. “The constitutional mandate must be fulfilled and the Organic Law must be fulfilled and we believe that the constitutional bodies must be renewed in accordance with current legislation,” Pons said at a press conference. “But the situation is so serious that a simple negotiation is no longer enough; it is not enough to change cards: it is necessary that in the negotiation there be publicity, that there be reforms so that this situation does not happen again and a promise of regeneration”, he added.
“We cannot renew the CGPJ if that renewal does not include regeneration and reform” of the constitutional bodies, Pons insisted, who did not want to detail any measure of the plan that Alberto Núñez Feijóo will send to Pedro Sánchez. “There is no conditioning. We are not going to include any idea that does not come from judicial associations,” he defended.
But Pons has focused the shot on one of the issues that in his opinion are the most bloody: the fact that the Government wants to replace two magistrates of the Constitutional Court on its own, despite the fact that the Constitution requires it to be done four at a time. four. But it happens that the Government changed the law so that the CGPJ could not undertake appointments when it is in office, and that has now turned against the interests of the Executive.
The deputy secretary has alerted the government that this incomplete renewal “would put the legitimacy of the court into question, it would break the Constitution and it would have to accept the consequences of the EU.” Which? “Economic consequences” in the form of a sanction and, also, “legal consequences”, he has said.
“The Constitution does not provide for the possibility of incomplete renewals, but by thirds. If the Government wants to dispense with the PP and make a partisan reform, it is better to revoke its law and allow the CGPJ to elect [again] the magistrates” and not ” break the Constitution”. “Before breaking the Constitutional Court, return to the CGPJ the powers that you took away”, and that the four magistrates of this turn “renew themselves at the same time”, Pons has proclaimed. “It is the Government that is responsible for the fact that the CGPJ cannot renew the two magistrates, and is therefore responsible for the fact that the CGPJ is broken”, he added.
After the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, confirmed this Monday that the possibility of the Executive appointing two magistrates is more than real, González Pons did not want to clarify whether his party would appeal to the courts: “There are no reasons for the Government to take such a risky step from the constitutional point of view”.
“There he legal and economic consequences that can be derived”, insisted Pons, who has assured that the Government has not communicated with the PP in recent weeks, but only “insults” it. And he has launched a final alert: “The Polish and Hungarian governments started like this, the opposition hindered them.”
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