CGPJ Renovation | Pitfalls in the CGPJ pact: crossed vetoes, the role of UP and the Presidency

The negotiation to renew the CGPJ is constantly moving forward and backward. Felix Bolaños, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Government, and Teodoro Garcia Egea, number two of the PP, have been locked in talks all week to close an agreement with several bands. They negotiate directly socialists and popular, but Bolaños carries under his arm the positions of Unidos Podemos (Enrique Santiago transfers them) and the PNV, indirectly, is also present. It is a multi-band carom that does not finish closing for various reasons. Three essentially: the crossed vetoes that have emerged, the role of United We Can and the name chosen for the Presidency.

On Tuesday the Government-PP negotiations began to renew the CGPJ, Constitutional Court, Ombudsman, Court of Accounts and Spanish Agency for Data Protection. The white smoke arrived on Wednesday night, in the early hours of the morning, with the agreement for the RTVE board of directors. But that does not imply that the rest of the routes are already solved. There are, as we say, major pitfalls.

The main has arrived with the vetoes that the Government and PP have interposed. The Secretary of Organization of the PSOE affirmed last Monday that the negotiation should be raised “without blackmail and without vetoes” but the problems have begun to arise in the middle of the week. To be specified: the popular do not want José Ricardo de Prada and Victoria Rosell enter the shortlist. The answer has come in the form of a cross to Alejandro Abascal, the reinforcement magistrate in the court of the National High Court who carries the Lezo, Púnica or Villarejo cases. They link him to Pablo Casado. The situation does not seem easy to unblock by either side.

What’s more, the PP continues to insist that Unidos Podemos should not participate in the distribution of the governing body of the judges. But the PSOE suggests that, as a force in the Government, it should be there. The dilemma is now in solving if the popular maintain their ‘no’ to those of Pablo Iglesias or if an agreement similar to that of RTVE is reached, where each party has proposed its candidates without opposition from the opposite. There is nothing decided until this Thursday, the moment of the last PSOE-PP contact.

The popular ones do not want José Ricardo de Prada and Victoria Rosell to enter the list. The answer has come in the form of a cross to Alejandro Abascal

Third, and not unimportant, there are also discrepancies among negotiators about the magistrate who should occupy the Presidency of the CGPJ as substitute for Carlos Lesmes. The PSOE has proposed to Teso Pillar, magistrate of the Contentious Chamber, who would become the first woman to hold the position. However, the PP considers that the position should be filled by a consensus profile. His proposal is that of the current president of the Constitutional Court, Juan José González Rivas, who participated last Tuesday in the meal with the King organized by the president of Congress on the occasion of the 23-F anniversary ceremony in the lower house. Also on the list are names such as Ana Ferrer and that of Lourdes Arastey.

In the last hours, in addition, two more names have been put on the table on the side of the Government: that of the former president of the Superior Court of Justice of La Rioja, Ignacio Espinosa, and that of the magistrate of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, Jose Maria Fernandez Seijo. They are both members of the progressive Association of Judges and Judges for Democracy.

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This is the environment under which the PSOE-PP negotiation is taking place with Bolaños and García Egea at the fore. They have been in contact on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. When they meet, they do so in a part of Madrid that few know. It is not in Moncloa or Genoa. The contacts, therefore, are already at the highest level, above the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, and the person in charge of the popular area, Enrique López.

Meanwhile, the current governing body of judges is watching with concern the progress of negotiations between parties. In fact, within the current Plenary, there were major frictions precisely before the debate of whether or not to freeze the last round of appointments. The agreement should be closed before next Thursday, which is the ‘courtesy’ period that the current CGPJ has given to reach a pact at the political level. They are decisive hours.

Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by

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