The Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolaños, announced this Thursday that in the week of September 20 it intends to meet with the spokespersons of all parliamentary groups and to ask for their support to the State’s general budgets (PGE) by 2022 and also try to achieve the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and other bodies with expired mandate.
Its objective will be “to establish dialogue between different”, with all parties, including, therefore, the Popular Party, and “ask them for responsibility and a sense of state” to “reach useful agreements.” “Spain needs agreements and I will extend my hand so that we can achieve them,” he assured.
This has been revealed during his first appearance in the Constitutional Commission of Congress since he took office two months ago, in which he has taken the opportunity to make an express appeal to the PP to agree to agree to the renewal of the CGPJ and other mandated bodies expired, like the Constitutional Court.
“The work of the opposition is legitimate and necessary, but it must focus on the control of the Government, not against the health of the institutions. Blocking the renewal of our constitutional bodies is detrimental to our rule of law,” he warned.
“Outside the Constitution”
In this sense, and as President Pedro Sánchez did this Wednesday, he has warned that whoever blocks the functioning of the constitutional bodies is situated “outside the Constitution.” “It is urgent and to renew them and I appeal to them and call them,” he insisted.
Thus, he has warned that if public officials do not fulfill their promise to comply with the Constitution, not only is the word of each one put into question before society, but also “one of the foundations of the democratic system is undermined “.
To illustrate the “magnitude of the problem” and the “abnormality” in which some of the “most relevant institutions live, Bolaños has ‘pulled’ figures and reported that the Court of Accounts has expired for 48 days; the magistrates of the Constitutional Court elected by Congress, 672 days, almost two years; the General Council of the Judiciary, 1,010 days, almost three years; and the Ombudsman, 1,512 days, more than four years.
Short term plans
Bolaños also wanted to dedicate part of his appearance to specifying some of the initiatives on which his Ministry is going to focus its efforts “in the short term”, such as the reform of Article 49 of the Constitution, regarding the protection and promotion of rights. of people with disabilities, approved in May by the Council of Ministers.
The other “outstanding” initiative is the Democratic Memory Law, whose project was approved in July by the Council of Ministers. Bolaños recalled that Rufino Juárez, a “fighter” of the memorialist movement, died a few days ago, who could not get to recover the remains of his father, retaliated by the Franco regime, and has warned that the same cannot be allowed to happen to others relatives of reprisals.
He has also announced that it is his intention to unblock the modification of electoral legislation in the coming months to eliminate the requested vote, “one of the pending issues that affect the quality of democracy.”
He has also made reference to the draft reform of the National Security Law that has already been approved by the Council of Ministers, and which aims to “strengthen” the capacity of the institutions “to face crisis situations” and, for example, avoid the occurrence of phenomena that “caused so much anguish a year ago” such as the shortage of essential products.
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