Visit of the European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders to Madrid, with a PP that clings to the Commission's proposals as a way of asserting its proposals in the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, and a Government that has not liked them at all the latest statements by the European official, considering that they were closer to the PP than to the PSOE.
Thus, few fruits seem to be given by the efforts of the European commissioner, but that the PP does not intend to waste. One of the first things Reynders did was meet with the person in charge of Institutional Relations of the PP, Esteban González Pons, the Government's interlocutor for the renewal, and propose that at the negotiating table, in addition to himself and the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, the commissioner also feels, little less than as a mediator.
The PP, said Pons after meeting with Reynders, "is willing to meet with Reynders and the Government to fulfill the mandate of the European Commission". An offer with an apostille, that of fulfilling the mandate of the Commission, which has repeatedly urged to renew the Council, but also to advance in the reform of the election form, so that the judges elect the judges.
Two things that, according to the Deputy Secretary for Institutional Policy of the PP, make up the mandate of the European Union and the PP is willing to comply: "Immediately renew the CGPJ and the Constitutional Court, issues that must be linked, and reform the election system of the judges". That is why he assured that "if the commissioner asks us to sit down, our answer is yes". Sit down to renew the governing body of the judges and the offer of the PP, to advance on the second issue, the reform of the election method: "Let the judges of the new Council tell us which system they prefer" .
González Pons assured that the electoral calendar does not affect the renovation of the institutions, which he considers "urgent". "We cannot continue postponing the renewal and change of model," he stressed, thus exempting himself from responsibility for the Council's blockade.
The leader explained to him that the blockade is the result of the "undesirable" situation that Spain has been experiencing in recent years, and that the PP wants to redirect "building bridges" because "the situation is judicially unsustainable, politically toxic and internationally it is damaging and is going to damage Spain's external image much more", which could be seen at the start of the Spanish Presidency of the EU with a report on the rule of law in Spain, "in which it is equated with the Hungarian or the Polish. That would delegitimize the entire Spanish presidency of the EU," he said.
Pons lamented that "they have to come from abroad to help us solve a problem that should not have occurred" and assured that "as a Spanish politician" he is not proud to receive a European commissioner who "comes in good faith to help us solve that that we have not been able to solve”.