The CGPJ again delays the renewal of the Constitutional

The interlocutors of the conservative and progressive sectors of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) they ended the meeting without an agreement held this Wednesday to continue with the negotiations aimed at appointing the two magistrates of the Constitutional Court (TC) that corresponds to them, according to the sources of the governing body of the judges.

The members José Antonio Ballestero and Carmen Llombart –on the conservative side– and Álvaro Cuesta, Rafael Mozo and Roser Bach –on the progressive side– have been meeting for more than two hours as part of this second meeting, to which they already attended with a first agreement by which they decided that the two candidates for the TC would leave the magistrates of the Supreme Court (TS).

Only progressives have come forward with proposals

representatives progressivesas promised, they have gone to the meeting this wednesday with nine applicants, among which Pablo Lucas, the judge in charge of controlling the actions of the CNI; María Luisa Segoviano, the first woman to preside over a Chamber (the Social Chamber) of the high court; and his military counterpart, Jacobo López Barja de Quiroga. Completing the list are the magistrates of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber José Manuel Bandrés, Eduardo Espín, Isabel Perelló and Ángeles Huet, as well as the retired magistrate Rafael Fernández Valverde –who was part of that same chamber and of the current CGPJ– and the magistrate of the Social Chamber Rosa María Viroles.

Nevertheless, the conservative spokesmen assure that they have not received any candidacy from any Supreme Court magistrate“beyond a mere brief, informal and initial contact maintained by a single person with a member on an individual basis,” according to the statement released after the conclave.

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The conservatives await the visit of the European Commissioner for Justice

The conservative bloc already attended the first meeting without candidates and everything predicted that the same thing would happen this Wednesday. The cited sources indicate that the sector Conservative hopes that the visit of the Justice Commissioner of the European UnionDidier Reynders, at the end of the month serve to unblock negotiations around the Judiciary, according to the aforementioned sources.

Reynders said on Tuesday in statements to the press that during his stay in the State, between September 29 and 30, he could not limit himself only to asking for dialogue between the political forces so that they agree on the renewal of the CGPJ but to get directly involved.

The sources point out that a global agreement – which encompasses both the General Council of the Judiciary and the Constitutional Court – could be the magic formula to end the blockade in both institutions.

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