The precedents and the context did not invite optimism, even though both Pedro Sánchez and Alberto Núñez Feijóo have repeatedly agreed on the urgent need to reform article 49 of the Constitution, to replace the term “disabled” with that of “persons with disabilities”. ”, whose project was even approved by the Council of Ministers in May 2021. But the final breakdown of the negotiations between the Government and the Popular Party in its last attempt to agree on the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary last October, and the electoral confrontation already triggered before the appointment with the municipal and regional polls on May 28, did not augur that both parties could explore any minimum agreement. However, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and the PP spokesperson in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, despite mutual misgivings, show their willingness to promote this constitutional reform.
If achieved, it would be the first in 12 years, since José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy agreed in August 2011 to introduce the principle of budgetary stability in the Magna Carta, to try to stop the serious financial crisis that was threatening Spain at that time. .
The Executive alleges that “taking care of the Constitution is also adapting it to the times, on the basis of a broad social and political consensus”
Bolaños and Gamarra met this Wednesday in Congress to reopen negotiations on article 49 of the Constitution. In principle, with good prospects. It has been a “cordial and constructive meeting”, in the opinion of the Minister of the Presidency, in which both parties have agreed on their “desire to build”, despite the usual political confrontation, now even more unleashed before the new electoral cycle. Bolaños has highlighted that “caring for the Constitution also means adapting it to the times, based on a very broad social and political consensus.”
“The Government and the PP share the need to focus the reform on article 49,” Bolaños pointed out, given the repeated warning from Feijóo’s formation that it was not a matter of taking advantage of this review to contemplate other initiatives that their partners could claim government or parliamentarians, from Unidas Podemos to Esquerra. The minister has insisted that today he has agreed with the PP to “stick” the reform of the Constitution only to this article, without introducing other debates.
Bolaños summons Feijóo to sign the agreement dynamited in October to renew the General Council of the Judiciary
Bolaños, however, has assured that during the meeting he has also told Gamarra that “there is a point of the Constitution that is not being fulfilled”, in reference to a renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary that remains blocked. The minister has insisted on denouncing this “constitutional and institutional anomaly, very difficult to explain.” “We have an agreement closed to the last comma, which is in force on the part of the Government and the PSOE,” he stressed. And he has summoned Feijóo to sign it now.
Source: Portada by www.lavanguardia.com.
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