The Vice President of the European Commission urged Spain to renew the CGPJ and to elect its members by “their counterparts”.


He has warned the government that it could “violate” the judges’ idea of ​​being a “politicized” government body if it persists.

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Vice President of the European Commission in Congress, Vera Zaurov.Chema MoyaEFE
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Vice President of the European Commission, Vera Zaurov, has urged Spain to renew the General Council of the Judiciary as soon as possible and advocated that its members be elected “by their counterparts”. Zorov was in charge of the powers of justice, before taking over the portfolio of values ​​and transparency in the union.

The Vice President has emphasized in the Justice Commission of the Congress of Deputies that the renewal of the governing body of judges is an “important” issue in order to prevent the judicial establishment from “being politicized” so that it is ultimately “that vulnerability”.

For the European Commission, he said, “it is important that the appointment of these people be studied as a priority”. And he 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.”

The Deputy Chairman of the Commission has clarified that this is one of the issues for which he has traveled to Spain. “These days I am here to discuss it and see how it can be resolved,” he said. Shortly before appearing in Congress, the commission’s vice-chairman warned in an informative breakfast that “if Spain complies with that rule” – the election of members of the CGPJ by the judges themselves – there would be no problem, but that if they chose to. Because the majority are elected by political parties “it must be considered that this is a violation, a violation”.

Jourov’s call comes amid debates over unblocking the CGPJ, which has been in office for more than three years, and the renewal of four of the Constitutional Court’s twelve members. A renewal of the latter which the government intends to do in part, appointing two magistrates who hold the two responsible for their quota without waiting for a council of judicial power, and this despite the fact that the Constitution specifies That change should be done by thirds, that is, in a ‘package’ of four.

For its part, the interruption in the appointment of new members to the Governing Body of Judges (CGPJ) is due to a discrepancy between the government and the PP regarding the system for electing its members.

In their presence, spokespersons from various parliamentary structures have emphasized what they consider to be increasing politicization and lack of independence of justice. The PSOE’s representative has accused the PP of not complying with the constitutional mandate, citing the shortfall in the renewal of the CGPJ and the need to pursue appointments along the system provided by the existing law. His spokesman has agreed to “discuss the model”, but has previously asked PP to “demonstrate loyalty”.

For his part, the spokesperson for the Popular has influenced the shutdown of the government by refusing to bet on the formula advocated by the Council of Europe based on the election of members of the CGPJ by the judges themselves.

The commission’s vice-chairman explained that the commission is “very concerned” about the lack of renewal of the council and emphasized that while most countries have a similar body, its members are “elected by the judges themselves, and not by political parties.” parties”.

Jaurov warned that the report the European Commission will make public in July will emphasize this concern about the Spanish system and will also reference figures from the state attorney general.

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