Thursday, May 26

The Government and PP finalize the announcement of the institutional pact that excludes the CGPJ

Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Casado.

Government and PP are already preparing the formal announcement of the agreement on the pending institutional renewal that affects the Constitutional Court, the Court of Accounts, the Ombudsman and the Data Protection Agency. The agreement, predictably, will be announced jointly this Thursday and already has names and surnames. In the Constitutional vacancies, sources familiar with the talks assure that there will be “technical names” without political responsibilities in the past. They insist that the name of former minister Juan Carlos Campo was never on the table.

As for the Ombudsman, who accumulated four years of expired mandate, socialist sources confirm to THE PERIODIC OF SPAIN, a newspaper that belongs to this group, Prensa Ibérica, at the proposal of Ángel Gabilondo (it was already months ago) and in the PP they confirm that there is no veto on the exporter of the PSOE in the Madrid Assembly and candidate last 4-M .

The agreement will be known just a week after the talks between the two major parties began. It was Pablo Casado who launched the offer from his seat in Congress, and the Executive quickly picked up the gauntlet. The two interlocutors have at all times been the Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolaños, and the secretary general of the PP, Teodoro Garcia Egea. The negotiation, both parties recognized these days, was “very mature” from the beginning due to the advances that were already made in February when the agreement was close to being closed.

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The CGPJ is left out

In fact, some names were already part of the conversations months ago. What has been left out of the first institutional renewal package and has not even been present in the conversations has been the General Council of the Judiciary. The governing body of the judges is actually the main stumbling block of the negotiation and the most important institution that accumulates years of delay. The president of the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes, has insisted on many occasions on the need to update its members as soon as possible, urging the two main parties to comply with the constitutional mandate.

The positions at this point, however, remain far apart. The PP insists on moving towards judicial independence by changing the law and reforming the election system of the judges (and that the magistrates themselves choose 12 of the 20 members). The PSOE, for its part, defends the current model and does not share the organic law reform. The popular ones understand that the only way to unravel the situation is for the socialists to find a formula that meets their requests. Until that happens, they say, there will be no agreement. And, in fact, this has been the main reason for breaking the negotiation.


According to the rules of the Chamber, it is the Bureau of Congress that must open a period for the presentation of candidatures for the Constitutional Court, the Court of Accounts and the Ombudsman.

Once the deadline is over and the candidatures are received – each group can propose a maximum of as many candidates as there are positions to fill – they will be sent to the Appointments Advisory Committee, which will examine the candidatures presented.

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If any of them do not comply with the objective requirements established in the Constitution, it will reject it and inform the proposing group so that they can present new names. If all meet the requirements, the Advisory Committee, on its own initiative or at the request of a group, may agree on the personal appearance of the candidates to be examined by the deputies.

The Advisory Committee on Appointments, chaired by the president of the Chamber, Meritxell Batet, will transfer to the Plenary its opinion on the suitability of candidates in the cases of the Court of Accounts, the Constitutional Court and the Ombudsman, who must be elected in separate votes in the hemicycle.

Given that next week there will be appearances in the Budgets Committee and that the next week will take place the debate of all the accounts in the Plenary, it is foreseeable that the session for the election of the new members of the constitutional bodies agreed by the Government and the popular are not convened, at least, until the Week of November 10.

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