Congress President Meritxell Butet proposed on Tuesday at the lower house table to reduce the majority needed to activate the Reserve Spending Commission, a parliamentary body that has not yet been formed more than two years after the legislature began its work. .
The commission, also known as the commission on secrets, which has not met since March 3, 2019, is the one that keeps records on the activities of the National Intelligence Center (CNI) and the use of funds reserved by parts of the ministries involved. in these matters (presidency, home affairs, defense, and foreign affairs), apart from the president of the intelligence service himself.
To gain access to it, MPs from various parliamentary groups must obtain a supermajority of three-fifths, i.e. at least 210 MPs, which made the date impossible due to the indirect veto of the PP and the direct veto of Vox and Cs on CKD and EH Bildu.
In this sense, after the start of the Pegasus case, the government proposed to the government of the Generalitat that this commission be set up in the presence of the ERC and EH Bildu to give the appropriate explanations requested by the sovereignist parties, in addition to the opening of internal control in the CNI, announced by the Minister of the Presidency Felix Bolaños last Sunday.
To unlock the commission, Butet proposed lowering the bar from 210 votes to an absolute majority, which would bypass possible voting vetoes. This modification aims to overturn the presidential resolution signed by socialist Manuel Marín in 2004 and has a priori the support of a progressive majority that supports the government in Congress and rejects the right.
This was reflected on Tuesday by various representatives of the parliamentary arch. Although they made it clear that in addition to this commission, Congress should create another independent parliamentary body to shed light on a political espionage case that features several unknowns, as in the case of a commission of inquiry requested by ten parties.
In a statement delivered in the courtyard of Congress, Bathet confirmed that an emergency council of representatives meeting at the end of the plenary session this afternoon would consider the matter with a view to ratifying the change by a majority vote. table and all representatives of the groups.
Once said modification is approved, the speaker of the lower house said the commission will be activated “this very week” as she understands that parliamentary oversight of the earmarked funds and activities of the CNI can no longer be delayed. “In view of the lack of self-esteem of some groups, I was forced to make this change, since only now the majority of parliamentary groups demanded the immediate creation of this commission,” he said. claimed.
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