“The Government does not contemplate another scenario than the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) do not proceed to appoint the magistrates of the Constitutional Court (TC) complying with the current law. I am sure that in a few days we will have that agreement and we will wait to proceed with the renewal”. That is the message that the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llopfrom Moncloa in the usual press conference held after the Council of Ministers.
The Executive has been restrained in his statements so as not to further tighten the rope in an issue that has been entrenched in recent days. This September 13, the legal deadline for the body of the judiciary to appoint the new magistrates of the TC has ended, but the rebellion of the conservative vowels is delaying the renewal. In fact, the meeting of this sector has been postponed until Friday.
The Minister of Justice has reiterated on several occasions, at the insistence of journalists, the same message. “I am sure that they will assume this very high responsibility. They also swore to the Spanish Constitution, I am sure that in a few days we will see the agreement. Now let us work because they have to reach those agreements“, he stated. Sources from Moncloa also stressed that “if they need a little more time they can have it” when asked about the deadlines that the law determines.
The Minister of Justice has also referred to the position of Brussels, through a letter recently sent by the European Commissioner Vera Yurova. “I understand that you have contacted President Lesmes because obviously we are in a situation of lack of renewal and it is essential to give institutional normality. Renewal is urgent without any type of conditioning”, he said in reference to the renewal of the entire CGPJ, also pending, in this case for almost four years.
Criticism of the PP
Llop has also charged against the PP and Alberto Nunez Feijoo. “He sought the tutelage of Brussels in a matter of his exclusive responsibility because it is up to him alone to give the names. He sought the complicity of the European Commission to not comply with the Constitution,” he said. “We are in a moment of institutional blockade exclusively because of a political force that is the PP. If the CGPJ had been renewed, we would not be in this situation,” he added in this regard.
From Moncloa they have recalled that they have already addressed the leader of the popular group on numerous occasions so that “put the names on the table”. “What more steps can be taken in compliance with the Constitution? The one who has to take steps is Feijóo, also urgently,” he said.
For Llop, citizens have already understood that the judicial situation affects them because it is a very important issue. In this sense, from the Government they have wanted to denounce that the right resorts to justice to block social advances. “These threats are understood with the reasons that move the PP to breach the Constitution and block the CGPJ. Without a doubt, this is what moves them,” said the minister spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez.