Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Madrid, September 21 (EFE).- The President of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Carlos Lesmes, has transferred the interlocutors discussing the appointment for the renewal of the Constitutional Court (TC) which plans to set the deadline on October 3. A deal, given the blockade of the conservative sector, still without candidates.

Sources close to the talks told Efe that Lesmes has addressed them that if they do not reach an agreement before the ordinary plenary session on the 29th, he plans to call an extraordinary plenary session on October 3 to cement an agreement.

The move comes after a second meeting, held this Wednesday, ended again without a deal, without putting the Conservatives on the table and without setting a date for the next meeting.

An issue that has fueled the negotiations is that the Progressives have warned that they are not responsible for the delay in the negotiations, since their desire is to “reach the said agreement in the shortest possible time” and “always convene the session on September 29 before the plenary.”

Given this situation, sources assure that Lesmes has addressed some members to inform them that he is considering calling a plenary session on the 3rd to promote an agreement, although conservatives make it clear that no appointment can be made that day if there is none. There was a prior agreement, that is, no one could impose limits on them.

In this sense, consulted sources understand this lasme strategy as a form of pressure on the conservative sector, which prevents the appointment of the two respective magistrates on the grounds that they do not want to be candidates.

But it appears that at least three Supreme Court magistrates are considered conservatives who authorized Lesmes to use his name in the search for unanimous candidacy, which are, as Efe has learned, Diego Córdoba, Antonio Semper and Rafael Fernandez. Valverde, who retired from the Supreme Court a few months ago and left this same council, of which he was a member at the proposal of the PP

With this panorama, the visit to Spain of the EC’s Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, seems to be the key to the future of the negotiations, not only of the TC but even more of the CGPJ.

On the 29th, when the plenary session of the Council takes place, he will meet with the Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolaos, the Minister of Justice, Pilar Lope, as well as the Popular Party. Already on the 30th he will have a meeting with Carlos Lesmes.

Renders’ trip is not for testimonial purposes, but rather the opposite, as he confirmed this Tuesday that he will tackle the council’s blockade with the aim of “entering into a dialogue, not just to negotiate, but to communicate”. , to mediate between the parties to resume negotiations for renewal.

No one is underestimating the importance of the visit and what the parties involved call a “key week”, so if there is no deal, Lesmes considers the option of extending the date to October 3 as an ultimatum to force a deal or you can resign. .

This is because sources assure Ife that without an agreement he will not be able to appear before the king on October 12, Hispanic Day, after the ordeal began with the presence of Philip VI in his opening speech of the judicial year.

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