A new defeat for the PP in its crusade against amnesty in Europe. This time it was the regional presidents of the PP who tried to raise this issue in Brussels, specifically at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CdR), a purely consultative institution that voted this Tuesday on the opinion of the future EU anti-corruption directive. Members of Alberto Núñez Feijoo tried to introduce an amendment in which they asked that this regulation prevent the granting of pardons or amnesties to those convicted of corruption crimes, such as embezzlement of public funds. But he did not go forward.
The spokesman for the initiative, Belgian Jean-Luc Vanrees (Refresh from the Liberals), noted that his “Spanish colleagues” had asked him to include the issue of amnesty, but he recalled that it was a national issue. proposed an alternative wording that came in place of the text proposed by PP. “We must remember what powers the European Union has, I have been working here for 40 years and there has never been a situation where we exceeded our powers. We can talk about amnesties, but not about specific cases. In the case of amnesty, punitive measures are closely related to national legislation, different legal systems of each country,” he explained.
The plenary session of the Committee of the Regions approved another amendment, which suggests that the preparation of amnesties and pardons is a state competence and proposes to leave in the hands of each EU country “the mechanisms and circumstances that regulate the application of these security measures”. Amnesty for those convicted of corruption crimes. The amendment, which passed by 102 votes to 75 with one abstention, only calls on states to “clearly define” the conditions under which they intend to grant amnesties or pardons. Those convicted of corruption crimes, EFE agency reports. When this amendment 6R was implemented, the one proposed by the PP was not voted on.
The failed amendment was defended in Brussels by Murcian President Fernando López Miras: “The Spanish government violates the rule of law and the separation of powers and commits crimes at the request of criminals; The threat it poses to our democracy is compounded by the unequal treatment of regions like mine.” “It’s everyone’s business, please don’t look the other way, the Spaniards need you. I ask for your support for this amendment,” López Miras concluded in his speech.
The PP’s arguments were supported by the far-right ECR (a group of which Vox is a part), whose intervention argued that the amnesty “undermines the rule of law” and accused Pedro Sánchez of “wanting to erase crimes”. .”
Several representatives of the social democrats criticized the PP for using the institute in matters of national policy. The representative of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Mikel Royo Vidal, insisted that the amnesty was “normal law” and claimed that more than 50 had been approved in the EU. He also defended that it is “legal because it is part of the Spanish constitution”.
Former minister and PSOE MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar was more belligerent: “The PP is very free against the vote, but it cannot falsify the truth. It is false that the proposed amnesty law provides for anything legal, No commission of inquiry or judicial control. On the contrary, it depends entirely on its judicial use.” “The PP is dedicated to slandering Spain,” said López Aguilar, who will meet this Thursday with the Minister of the Presidency, Justice and Relations with the Courts, Félix Bolaños, in his capacity as president of the European Parliament’s Commission on Legal Affairs.
It will be Bolaños’ first appointment in a day that will practically be spent at European Commission headquarters, where he will hold separate meetings with Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and Justice Commissioner Didier. Reinders, I will refer to the amnesty law.
Reinders insisted again this Wednesday that the European Commission will carry out an analysis of the amnesty law, but that the evaluation will take place after the final text is approved. “This does not prevent us from directly starting a dialogue and seeing how much we can get a certain number of answers to the questions we asked,” he answered the journalists’ questions. The justice commissioner, from a liberal family, sent a letter to Bolaños in the middle of negotiations between the PSOE and the Junts to request information on the “scope” of the amnesty before the text could even be presented.
The PP’s failure in Brussels this Wednesday is on top of the defeat it suffered just a week ago in Strasbourg when it cried out against amnesty in a virtually empty chamber. The debate, to which the conservatives gave maximum importance, was not confirmed by a resolution vote and did not manage to remove Reinders from his usual parameters. This is what he is being criticized from the right for now limiting himself to sending a letter to the Spanish government.
The domestic dispute was also referred this Wednesday to the European Parliament’s petitions committee, whose president, Spanish speaker Dolores Montserrat, tried to paralyze the meeting for 45 minutes to allow her group’s MEPs to attend, which she said. , were in another commission and they did not have time to catch up with the debate that the right took advantage of to question the independence of the judiciary in Spain, because the previous items on the agenda went faster.
At 3:55 p.m., Montserrat proposed to paralyze the commission until 4:45 p.m. to give his colleagues time, but PSOE MEPs Cristina Maestre and BNG Ana Miranda opposed. Finally, a debate was held on the petition promoted by the Association “Independent Justice”.
The petition, which questions the independence of the Spanish judicial system, defended Santiago Alvarez-Barron Stouff, who in the past led the joint custody of our children, going so far as to defend that “women cannot. Earn like men.” . The Socialist MEP reprimanded him for this in order to make it clear who was behind the “theatre” aimed at “saying that Spain is a corrupt state”. “If in case of separation they take custody from the father and the mother has sole custody, logically she will not be able to give herself the same equality as the man,” insisted Álvarez-Barón in the European Parliament. PP and Vox representatives Javier Zarzalejos and Jorge Buxade reprimanded the Socialist for “disrespecting” the petitioners and reiterated that the rule of law in Spain is under threat.
Source: El Diario