The Ombudsman, the Court of Accounts, the Constitutional Court and the Data Protection Agency are expected to be renewed the week of October 25
After months of traffic jam, the PSOE and the PP have reached an agreement this Thursday to renew the Constitutional Court, the Court of Accounts, the Ombudsman and the Data Protection Agency. The renewal of these bodies will be carried out in a plenary session that is expected to be held the week of October 25, both in Congress and in the Senate, as reported by both parties.
The people who will be part of these bodies in the new stage, have transferred from Moncloa and the Popular Party, “will be of recognized prestige and consensus” and will be announced in the coming days.
After picking up the glove thrown yesterday by Pablo Casado to sit down to negotiate the constitutional bodies with an expired mandate, with the exception of the General Council of the Judiciary, the talks were resumed on the spot and the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaño, called the Secretary General of the popular, Teodoro García Egea, to close a first meeting for that same afternoon. The conversations have continued between the two interlocutors this morning to close the last fringes, while a key plenary session was held in Congress, with the debate of the controversial decree on electricity companies.
Bolaños has signed the pact because it means “reinforcing institutions and reinforcing democracy”, but has recognized that “we have work left”. The minister pointed out that the agreement could have been reached expressly because “there was an evident and public change of position of the PP” and the negotiations “were very hard-fought from that attempt we made in February and it was not achieved.” Then, the conversations included a global pact of all the institutions and they broke because the PP rejected the PSOE’s proposal to appoint Judge José Ricardo de Prada and Victoria Rosell as members.
The Government has finally accepted the partial renovation that Casado offered. The main obstacle, the renewal of the CGPJ, remains entrenched. In Moncloa they are not willing to change the system of election of judges as demanded by the popular ones and in Genoa they insist that “there is nothing to talk about until the judges elect the judges”, although they acknowledge that “we have decided to continue speaking and advancing in the unblocking of the Judicial Power, on the basis of greater independence. “Today we have taken an important step in the strengthening of our institutions,” they have pointed out from the leadership of the PP.