The PP resumes the path of consensus with the PSOE to renew the Consultative Council

The former president of the Board Rafael Escuredo leaves due to an exhausted mandate and the former PP lawyer enters the ERE and the former president of the Marbella management company
All the renewals of parliamentary extraction bodies in this legislature have been made with the agreement of all the groups. The decision on the Consultative Council was missing, the legal advisory body of the Junta de Andalucía and local corporations, which must inform all the laws and decrees of the Andalusian Government. The PP has agreed with the PSOE the new incorporations, retaking a path of consensus that broke without warning the previous president of the Board, Susana Díaz.

The counselor of the Presidency, Antonio Sanz, and the general secretary of the Andalusian PSOE, Juan Espadas, have maintained contacts to achieve the renewal of this body five years after the last and controversial renewal. In January 2018, Díaz broke an unwritten rule to agree with the main opposition party on new appointments, a rule that had been followed since it was first formed in 1993. Although the Andalusian government is not required by law to agreeing on the names —it does not require any parliamentary vote— and it is a competence that corresponds by decree to the Executive, the usual thing was that PSOE and PP agreed to it respecting the parliamentary weight of each one. Díaz forgot about this informal commitment that the then spokesperson for the popular group, Carmen Crespo, described as “cacicada.”

The situation in the Advisory Council is not similar to that of the Council of the Judiciary, where the PP maintains its veto that prevents the renewal of the governing body of judges. The favorable vote of 210 deputies is needed, which can only be reached with the sum of the seats of the PSOE and the PP. In the case of the Consultative Council, there is no possibility of blocking the opposition.

The agreement reached and approved this Wednesday by the Governing Council means the departure as an elective member of the permanent commission of the former Andalusian president Rafael Escuredo, whose term is exhausted after completing 10 years in office. This position is paid with 68,149.92 euros per year.

As reported by the Board, María Luisa Roca, Diego Martín Reyes, Luis García Navarro and María del Carmen Mingorance have been appointed to the Permanent Commission. Mar Moreno and Antonio Dorado remain in office. Regarding the plenary session of the Consultative, the new components are Ana Pérez Vallejo, Miguel Olmedo, Eloísa Pérez de Andrés and Javier Lara. Eva Blanco and Juan Antonio Carrillo remain in office. The autonomous government ensures that “all of them are lawyers with extensive experience and a proven track record.”

Among the incorporations, that of Luis García Navarro, who was a lawyer for the PP in the ERE case, is striking. While exercising the weight of the private prosecution, García Navarro made his work as a lawyer compatible with the assistant secretary of the Board of Directors of Radio Televisión Andalucía (RTVA), since it required exclusivity and for which he charged more than 65,000 euros a year, as reported the newspaper ‘Public’. Until today he was a senior position on the Board at the head of the General Secretariat for Judicial Infrastructures, Digital Modernization and Regeneration of the Ministry of Justice.
Among the three names proposed by the PSOE, is the lawyer Diego Martín Reyes, who chaired the management commission that governed the Marbella City Council when it was dissolved in 2006 due to a plot of urban corruption. The other two names that Espadas spoke with Sanz, according to socialist sources, are Eva Blanco and Mar Moreno. The former president of the Andalusian Parliament, deputy general secretary of the PSOE and counselor to the Presidency, voted in favor of the opinion on the unconstitutionality appeal presented by the Andalusian government to the tax on large fortunes. The Consultative was divided in two and the casting vote of its president, María Jesús Gallardo, was necessary to break the tie. Moreno’s position squeaked in the PSOE.

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