15.05.2020 13:00 h. Updated: 15.05.2020 13:19 h.
The Generalitat tries to take advantage of an open consultation made by the European Commission to various institutions to sneak its propaganda against Spain based on a report by the Office of Civil and Political Rights, whose activity is based exclusively on denouncing the existence of “political prisoners” and of a “politicized Spanish judicial leadership”.
The Govern, through that Office of Civil Rights and the Secretariat of Transparency and Open Government, as well as the Consejo del Audiovisual de Cataluña or the Oficina de Antifraude de Cataluña (OAC) have made contributions to the report on the Rule of Law of the European Commission (EC) for 2020. This is an open consultation of institutions and entities on the judicial system, the anti-corruption framework, media pluralism and other institutional elements related to the system of balancing powers of the Member States.
the Office of Civil and Political Rights has recommended to the European
Commission “that the regulation of preventive detention in Spain be
reviewed to prevent it from being used with punitive intentions or to prevent
the exercise of recognized political rights”. It has also requested that
the criminal type of sedition in the Penal Code be reviewed or eliminated, that
the system for electing the judiciary be modified to guarantee its plurality of
members, that the Organic Law of the Judiciary be amended to adapt it to the international
standards and, finally, “that independent European institutions carry out
a comprehensive audit on impartiality and political neutrality in the Spanish
The report of this Office, directed by the ex-CUP leader Adam Majó and created in late October along the lines of the strategy of confrontation of the Govern against the Government, occupies 12 pages in which it attacks the Spanish Justice, it is alluded to the Sandro Rosell cases and the imprisonment of the pro-independence leaders because of the referendum 1-O. Ultimately, it concludes that “the Spanish judicial leadership is politicized and there is a lack of structural independence”.
The OAC, for its part, has provided information on good practices to correct deficits in the prevention and control of corruption.It has also included the activity it carries out, as dean of the autonomous anti-corruption organizations. As more recent and specific, those elaborated to guarantee transparency and good governance of the coronavirus crisis.
Finally, the CAC has valued its functions and has provided information on the reports it draws up periodically on polítical pluralism, electoral campaigns and recommendations for electoral processes.
The contributions obtained as a result of the consultation will serve the EC to prepare an annual report that will act as a preventive tool, of joint awareness and that will seek to deepen the dialogue on issues related to the rule of law of the member states. The initiative is part of the objective set by the President of the EC, Ursula Von der Leyen, to establish a European control mechanism. The period for submitting the consultation contributions ended on May 4. The European Commission is now processing all responses and the first report is expected to be published in September.