The plenary session of Congress retakes this Thursday the repromised and pending form of the Citizen Security Law for almost three years, the so-called gag law, with the debate and vote on the only amendment to the whole presented by the PP to the text proposed by the PNV, supported by the majority.
Only PP and Vox rejected in September the consideration of the proposal of the Basque nationalists to reform the law, which will continue its processing after the most likely rejection of the PP veto.
In its amendment to the whole, The PP requests that the rule remain unchanged and that the Government report every six months on the use of a law that it considers more current and useful than ever, despite the fact that the Ministry of the Interior does not report the sanctions that are imposed.
Parliamentary sources from different parties consulted by Efe consider that this Thursday’s plenary debate will mean a new activation of the work to reform the law, which was well advanced in 2019 but which, however, remained unfinished when Parliament was dissolved by the call for the general elections on April 28 of that year.
The PNV initiative, which proposes changes in 44 precepts of the law in force since July 2015, thus faces a new phase in which the groups have presented partial amendments that must work on the presentation.
Spokesmen for the PNV, PSOE, United We Can and Citizens agree that “the reasonable thing” would be to resume the agreements adopted two years ago, since two thirds of the norm had been analyzed.
Now, they acknowledge that they do not close down to review everything again nor do they hide that the political panorama is very different from then with their sights set on the result of the Catalan elections, the unknown about the position of the PP to repeat agreements “now who looks at Vox in the rearview mirror “or the pressure from Podemos to the PSOE so that the reform is more” radical, “several deputies point to Efe.
Some highlight the “little rush” of the Executive to liquidate this law, which has been transferred to a delay in the processing, although they remember that the reform of the law is an agreement with Podemos for the coalition government.
From the PNV, one of the main promoters of the reform, its spokesman in the Interior commission Mikel Legarda insists to Efe that the position of his party has nothing to do with the Constitutional Court having endorsed the constitutionality of the norm but with a model “heeled” towards security to the detriment of freedom.
Power of attorney
On the other hand, Congress takes this Thursday a new step in the Processing of the proposed law of PSOE and United We Can to limit the functions of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and could have the text approved in two weeks, parliamentary sources informed Europa Press.
At the same time that the Bureau of Congress rejected the letter of the CGPJ that asked to issue a report on that reform, the Justice Commission chaired by the socialist Isaura Leal called for this Thursday the meeting of the paper in charge of examining the bill.
On this date, behind closed doors, The deputies will review the text and decide on the partial amendments presented, but as only the PP has presented proposals, destined to suppress the articles of the initiative of PSOE and Podemos, the presentation will soon finish its work.
The next step will be to approve the reform in the Justice Commission, an appointment that is scheduled for next week. As it is an organic law, the text must return to the Plenary of Congress, presumably on February 18 or, at the latest, on February 25. And from there it will go to the Senate, which in another two or three weeks could finish the parliamentary process. .
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.