PSOE and United We Can have imposed with their votes in the Table of Congress the urgent processing of the reform of the organic law of the General Council of the Judicial Power in order to limit as soon as possible the possibility that this body has to make prominent appointments when it is, as now, in office.The two parties that support the Government have a majority in the governing body of the Chamber and, in addition, they are the ones that sign the bill that seeks to restrict the powers of the CGPJ.
With their votes, not only is the green light given to the express processing of their initiative, but also the request for reconsideration of the same raised by the first opposition party and even the demand of the Judicial Power itself to issue a report on it.The PSOE spokeswoman, Adriana Lastra, has instructed the Council by reminding it that “legislative power is held by the Cortes” and to this she has added that Congress “is not obliged to request a report” of any kind.
Precisely for this reason, the Government, the true promoter of the initiative, chose to leave the presentation and signature in the hands of its two parliamentary groups, taking into account that the proposals of the parliamentary forces do not require the mandatory reports of the constitutional bodies, CGPJ, Fiscal Council and State Council. The aforementioned reports would have been necessary in the event that the proposal had come directly from the Government.
The Table, with the majority votes of the two government groups, has considered that the request for reconsideration of the CGPJ is nothing more than an attempt to interfere in the field of action of Parliament. In short, an interference of the Judicial Power in the Legislative. The majority of the members of the CGPJ consider it necessary to be able to express their opinion about the reform that the Government intends and warned in their last letter that the urgent initiative of the government forces does not respect the separation of powers.
On the part of the opposition parties, mainly the PP, the PSOE is replicated with European legislation in hand. The spokesperson for the popular, a group that does not rule out filing an appeal to the Constitutional Court against this maneuver, argues that the EU Treaty “expressly” establishes that in the event of attempting to modify a state power, it is necessary not only the participation of the himself but also from the Venice Commission. “Europe wants a democracy with quality, with guarantees and counterweights,” stressed the PP parliamentary spokesperson, Cuca Gamarra.