The veto of the PP to Unidos Podemos frustrates the renewal of the Judicial Power

All broken. Again. “It is impossible”. The Government closed the negotiation with the PP for the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) at 12:22 am on Friday after an intense day of negotiations. The first attempt had failed. The conversations that started last week after a phone call between Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Casado bore fruit for the election of the Board of Directors of RTVE, which was voted successfully this Thursday. But the updating of the rest of the institutions is frustrated again. The veto of the PP to the proposals formulated by United We Can for the governing body of the judges has dynamited the possibilities of agreement.

Casado’s veto of United We can members blocks the renewal of the Judiciary

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“The Government and the Popular Party have maintained telephone contacts and meetings today to try to reach an agreement for the renewal of the CGPJ, the Constitutional Court, the Ombudsman, the Court of Accounts and the Spanish Agency for Data Protection Both parties confirm that there are obstacles that have prevented reaching an agreement, “stated the statement sent by the Secretary of State for Communication after midnight. Moncloa gave everything for broken. The reason? “Our red lines and yours are irreconcilable,” admit government sources.

The PP rejected the entry into the CGPJ of the two names proposed by United We Can: Vicky Rosell, current Government delegate against sexist violence, and Magistrate Ricardo de Prada, who was already proposed by the PSOE and to whom the tickets are attributed of the sentence of Gürtel case who took the box B of the PP and that caused the motion of censure against Mariano Rajoy.

At that point, the PSOE, which hoped to reach an understanding up to three hours before the break, found itself at a crossroads: accepting the refusal of Pablo Casado’s to the names that those of Pablo Iglesias raised in order to achieve a agreement or maintain the previously agreed proposal within the coalition. United We can maintain since the negotiations were resumed that they would not accept vetoes of their candidates. However, sources familiar with the conversations assure that those of Pablo Iglesias came to accept that only De Prada was there. But the ‘no’ of the PP remained. “We do not admit that they veto United We Can”, affirm socialist sources.

With the breakdown of the negotiations, just twelve hours after the Congress illuminated the first great agreement between the Government and the PP of the legislature with the election of six members of RTVE, it returns to the starting box: the governing body of the Judges still expired more than two years later. And with him other institutions such as the Ombudsman or the Constitutional Court, which require a three-fifths majority of the Courts to be renewed. The negotiation that has been closest to prospering since in 2018 a message from the then PP spokesman in the Senate, Juan Ignacio Cosidó, boasting of controlling “from behind” the most delicate room of the Supreme Court frustrated the renewal of the CGPJ.

PSOE and Unidos Podemos have in the drawer the bill to change the majorities required to elect a part of the CGPJ and thus allow its renewal despite the blockade of the PP. In the socialist ranks there has always been reluctance to carry out this legislative amendment that was presented as a formula to pressure Casado and froze just a week later on the pretext of giving him a new chance, after his turnaround during Vox’s motion of censure . The aspiration of Pedro Sánchez has always been to reach an agreement with the PP, hence the offer for the distribution of the governing body of the judges has been generous for the conservatives, who were going to have more seats than they would proportionally correspond to. according to the composition of Parliament.

In Unidos Podemos they are committed to “moving to the second phase” and approving the mechanism to “unblock appointments” by an absolute majority, instead of the current three-fifths, according to sources consulted by

Meanwhile, the reform that has channeled its final stretch in Congress, although it has yet to go through the Senate, is the one that prohibits a CGPJ with an expired mandate, like the current one, from making any type of appointment. In Unidos Podemos they argue that the risk that a conservative majority Judiciary continues to position judges in front of the courts vanishes with this reform, so that the PP’s ability to pressure would also be diminished. This reform does have the backing of the PSOE and the rest of the parties of the investiture bloc, so its approval is taken for granted.

Although it has tightened the rope to the end, the PP has defended its first understanding with the Government this Thursday. “Our bet is the agreement, and this is how we have transferred it during this legislature with a proposal for State pacts in health, judicial, economic and social matters,” said the address to all its positions through an argument favorable to understanding with the PSOE – The only interlocutor of the two parties that make up the Government that Pablo Casado recognized. Sources of the popular leadership celebrated the renewal of the public radio television, considering that they had managed to place all the like-minded they could in the new council and trying to downplay the fact that some of the agreed members were proposed by United We Can or PNV. “Our agreement is with the PSOE and we will continue negotiating with this party to reach an agreement that allows the unblocking of the constitutional and institutional bodies,” they explained from Casado’s team this Thursday. The PSOE always maintained that it negotiated on behalf of the two coalition partners.

A constant revolving door

The justification for the PP’s veto to Rosell is the relationship of the current delegate of the Government against Gender Violence with United Podemos, Rosell was a deputy of Podemos for Las Palmas in the first legislature of 2016, but had to resign harassed by an alleged scandal that later a montage by another judge, Salvador Alba, was shown.

The veto of the PP for Rosell’s political affiliation occurs despite the fact that the revolving doors between politics and the CGPJ have been a constant protected by the bipartisanship in recent decades: former deputies, former high-ranking regional officials and even a former minister have formed part of the governing body of judges, informs Elena Herrera.

The Minister of Justice himself, Juan Carlos Campo, was a member of the CGPJ from 2001 to 2008 (the mandate was extended by two years due to the blockade of the PP to renewal) after having been director general in the Junta de Andalucía. In that same period, the PP placed José Merino Jiménez, who held the same position in the Community of Madrid. In the following term, he elected Fernando de Rosa, who had been counselor of Justice with Francisco Camps in the Valencian Community. The former Socialist Minister of the Presidency (1982-1986) Javier Moscoso del Prado y Muñoz also held a seat in the Judiciary between 1996 and 2001. Álvaro Cuesta, current member, was a Socialist deputy and councilor in Oviedo.

But that modus operandi It has not been limited to bipartisanship, but the PNV and CiU, which are the formations that have traditionally entered the distribution, also pulled their own: Margarita Uria and Ramón Camp, parliamentarians of those formations, respectively, sat in the CGPJ of 2008 to 2013. Years before the former Basque nationalist deputy Emilio Olabarría Muñoz had done it. Another paradigmatic case was that of the former CiU deputy Mercé Pigem, who resigned from the current council after being found on the border with Andorra with 9,500 euros.

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