Madrid, Sep 21 (EFE).- The meeting between the members of the CGPJ who negotiate the appointments of two constitutional magistrates ended again without agreement and without a date for a third meeting, while a plenary session is being held on 29 coincides with the visit to Spain of the Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders.
The meeting ended as planned, with no agreement, because although the progressives put the names of nine candidates on the table, the conservative sector insists that it still cannot find any Supreme Court justices willing to to show up, according to sources from the conservative bloc.
And all this is happening without it “having been possible” to set a new date to resume negotiations, in case that was the case, another file which has further poisoned the talks since there is a difference in timing.
Progressives are not to blame for delays in bargaining
In the progressive ranks, they expressed their desire “to reach the said agreement as soon as possible” and “always before the plenary session convened for September 29”.
“We have declared that we are not responsible for the delay in the appointment of the magistrates of the Constitutional Court”, underlined the progressive interlocutors at the negotiating table.
All because the Conservatives plan to meet, but among themselves, the day before the plenary session, although the Progressives do not expect any steps because they assure that the other party has conveyed to them that they do not consider that the appointment should take place in plenary session.
Reynders is about to drop and there will be no deal to renew the TC
This plenary session will take place just as the Head of Justice of the EC arrives in Spain, who will meet that day with the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, the Head of Justice, Pilar Llop, as well as the People’s Party. Already on Friday 30 he will hold a meeting with the president of the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes
Reynders’ trip is not intended to be a testimony, quite the contrary, since he confirmed on Tuesday that he will approach the Council blockade with the intention “to enter into a dialogue, not only by asking for discussions, but contacts”, that is to say, to mediate between the parties to resume negotiations for the renewal.
The commissioner’s visit will take place a few days after the Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vera Jourová, sent a letter to Lesmes supporting his speech at the opening ceremony of the judicial year, stressing “the urgency and absolute priority” of the renewal of the Council and, after that, to address the reform of the CGPJ.
There are not only discrepancies and problems of hours but also of names, as has been the case since the start of negotiations.
Conservatives insist: we have no candidates for the Constitution
Sources from the conservative bloc defend that “they have not received any official or unofficial applications within the group, beyond a simple brief, informal and initial contact maintained by a single person with an individual member”.
However, among the many magistrates questioned by the president of the General Council of the Judiciary, Carlos Lesmes, there are several considered as conservatives who would have authorized the president to use his name in search of a consensual candidacy, as learned the Efe.
Among them are those of Diego Córdoba, Antonio Sempere and Rafael Fernández Valverde, who retired from the Supreme Court months ago and left this same Council, of which he was a member at the proposal of the PP. Moreover, he himself, according to the sources consulted, has expressed his will to all the members, whereas for the moment he only appears on the list made public by the progressives.
Likewise, judicial sources explain to Efe that traditionally it is the members who approach the magistrates of the Supreme Court to ask them the possibility of running for constitutional posts and not the other way around, as the conservatives report.
For the moment, only the list provided by the progressives is on the table, which includes five judges considered to have a progressive leaning: Jacobo Barja de Quiroga, Ángeles Huet, Pablo Lucas, Eduardo Espín and José Manuel Bandrés, who aims to be the first candidate of the progressives, according to Efe sources close to the negotiations.
But, in addition, they add Isabel Perelló, María Luisa Segoviano, Rosa María Virolés and Rafael Fernández Valverde. “They have names but they don’t want to,” they tell Efe of the Progressives.