The European Commission plans to address later this month the complaint made on Monday by three of Spain’s main judges’ associations warning of possible risks to the rule of law in the country from recent legislative reforms.
The EU governing body is already studying the letter sent on behalf of 2,500 judges and has scheduled to discuss the issue before the end of April with the judges themselves and other actors in the judiciary, including the government, as part of the annual evaluation of the system in each member state.
The Commission’s justice spokesman, Christian Wigand, told a press conference in Brussels yesterday: “We have received the letter from the Spanish judges and we will study it carefully and respond as soon as possible.
Wigand said that this and other issues related to the judicial system in Spain will be addressed during the “virtual visit” that the EU services plan to make to Spain “at the end of the month”.
The spokesman assured that these contacts are not a consequence of the letter received this week, but form part of the annual examination that the Commission carries out of each Member State and which was already scheduled for this month in the case of Spain.
Community sources consulted by Europa Press pointed out that these contacts are mainly “at a technical level” and that, pending finalisation of the agenda, this round of virtual contacts will take place between 29 and 30 April.