United We Can, the government partner, asks to lower the deadlines to 15 or 20 years to declassify the information and the PP criticizes that they have not counted on them to agree on the draft
The PSOE is left alone in its draft Law on Classified Information, better known as ‘official secrets’. The Socialists will take this afternoon to the Council of Ministers their proposal to reform this 1968 rule with the aim that the most sensitive information for the State remains hidden from public opinion for 50 years, a period that the Government may extend for another decade in in case the reasons that advised its classification persist. Although they hope to adapt it to NATO standards, precisely the deadlines are the main point of friction with the investiture partners: United We Can, Esquerra, PNV, EH Bildu or More Country. And if they hoped to reap the support of the PP, this Monday their parliamentary spokesperson, Cuca Gamarra, has made it clear that they will have to sweat ink to approve the measure.
The leader of the popular accuses Pedro Sánchez of not having agreed with them on the draft of the bill and having previously addressed ERC or EH Bildu, all despite the fact that the Republicans and the nationalists have already been reluctant to this law. A position that has also been endorsed by his Deputy Secretary of Economy, Juan Bravo, this Monday at a press conference. “The logical thing would have been to reach an agreement with the party that represents an alternative,” lamented the president, who confirmed that there has been no conversation between Genoa and Moncloa in recent weeks, neither because of the new secrecy law nor because of any other affair.
In Ferraz, on the other hand, they still hope that the popular will give their arm to twist in this matter. The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, was convinced this morning that the PP, “from a sense of State that has not been shown until now”, will support this law.
They will not have it easy with their partners in the Government of United We Can either. Just a few days ago, his parliamentary spokesman, Pablo Echenique, reproached the Government for not having “talked more” with the purple part of the Executive about this law and opted for maximum terms for declassification of between 15 and 20 years, less than half of what the draft establishes.
Neither the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, nor the Second Vice President, Yolanda Díaz, like the text, but they hope not to make blood with this issue now that the waters in the coalition are calm. Instead, they prefer to wait for the parliamentary negotiations to attract the Socialists to their postulates and prevent them from agreeing on the law with the PP.
From EH Bildu, an ally with which the Executive has managed to get a large part of the latest projects, they consider that Moncloa “must rectify this proposal and propose a reform that addresses what happened from transparency, recognition and truth.” Specifically, they criticize that the preliminary draft will still leave unclarified events such as “the GAL” or “those of March 3, 1976 in Vitoria-Gasteiz or the San Fermines of 78”.
Along the same lines, the PNV spokesman in Congress, Aitor Esteban, believes the preliminary draft of the Law is “disappointing” because he considers the deadlines for the declassification of documents to be “exaggeratedly long”.
Esteban has explained, through social networks, that six years after the Basque Group proposed for the first time to reform the Law of Official Secrets of 1968, the Council of Ministers has approved, “finally”, the Draft Law of Classified information. “This is good news, but it’s late, very late,” he said.
In addition, he has assured that, taking into account that it is a Preliminary Draft, “doubts” arise about the possibilities of this law completing its processing in the current legislature. For this reason, he considers “it is opportune that the deadlines be accelerated so as not to waste the opportunity to update a Francoist law.”
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