Government ignores European Commission request and defends CGPJ’s own election system


“The drama is not the process of electing members of the judiciary. The drama is that the PP refuses to abide by the constitution and blocks it,” he tells Moncloa.

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Isabel Rodriguez, Minister of Territorial Policy and Government Spokesperson.EFE
  • justice European Commission vice-president urges government to elect CGPJ by judges
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balls out. The government pressured Alberto Nez Feijo to renew the judiciary and thus be able to do so with the four magistrates of the Constitutional Court, who ended their mandate on 12 June. Indicate the leader of the PP as guilty of the blockade and, perhaps at the time, as guilty of the executive deciding to unilaterally renew. But La Moncloa found this Tuesday that the pressure is on them and no less than the European Commission, which has treated the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) as a “political” body and pointed to the convenience that the election system ” by peers”, that is, the judges choose the judges.

This pressure has led to La Moncloa’s claim that the guilty cartel in PP has lost everything. The executive believes that the main message of the Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the rule of law, has been put forth at the Congress of Deputies this Tuesday, Vera Jourova, has urged the judiciary to be renewed and has pointed to Feijo to block this point. They ignore the message of changing the election system.

“The drama is not the process of electing members of the judiciary. The drama is that the PP refuses to abide by the constitution and blocks it,” he clarifies from La Moncloa. The government’s thesis is that elections by Congress and the Senate are based on a list of candidates submitted by various associations of magistrates, and hence their participation.

To this they add the argument that judges already participate in the election of judges, as they vote in general elections, they participate in the formation of Congress and the Senate, and that it is the courts that select the 20 members. .

When the European Commission refers to the judges who elect judges, they mean that they do so directly, and not that they participate in the election: “It is important that the appointment of these people is studied as a priority.” Go.” And Jorova added: “There should be a system of elections by their counterparts according to 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 the current law. “In Spain, judges participate in the election of their governing body,” reiterated Isabel Rodriguez, spokesperson for the executive, “through the body that represents the Spanish people, which is the Congress.”

“The drama today is that the main opposition party refuses to abide by the Constitution, which cannot be followed through la carte or inventory exercises,” they defend in the government.

All this takes place in a context where the strategy is to try to focus on the fizzle, while some ministers have already left open the possibility that the executive unilaterally appoints two members of the constitutional who are, in line with it, power. The judiciary can appoint both without waiting. provided by the constitution. In La Moncloa they try to defuse the matter and it is decided that they will wait for the results of the Andalusian elections to make a decision, but they want to put the ball in PP’s court. However government sources advised that they do not evaluate how long the popular people are willing to wait. “Feijoa has been violating the constitution for two months and now he needs another month?” They ask in the government.

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