The GPP spokeswoman, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, will reiterate before the next Board of Spokespersons the request for the establishment of said Commission
The Popular Parliamentary Group has demanded that the Government agree to create a Coronavirus Monitoring Commission now in Congress. The GPP, which will reiterate this request at the next meeting of the Board of Spokespersons, which is expected to take place this Thursday, trusts that the Executive parties will finally open up to the constitution of this body, responding to the successive requests made by the Popular Group for several weeks.
The Popular Group advances that if its request is met, it will request that all the vice presidents of the Government and other members of the Executive involved in the health crisis derived from COVID-19 appear before said Commission. It will also request the appearance of experts in the field.
Specifically, the GPP spokeswoman, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, raised multiple initiatives at the Board of Spokespersons on March 10 so that the limitation of the activity of Congress was limited so that the Lower House could continue with its parliamentary activity and to fulfill the functions of control entrusted, since "democracy is never quarantined and parliaments are not closed even in a war."
That same day, Álvarez de Toledo raised the appearance of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, in a monographic plenary session, and the next day, on Wednesday, March 11, the GPP registered in Congress the petition for the creation of a Non-Permanent Commission to monitor the outbreak of the coronavirus, which already included in its request brief "periodic appearances of representatives of the Government of the Nation, of representatives of the different Public Administrations and of experts".
On Thursday, March 12, a day after this proposal was registered, the popular spokesperson insisted on the Board of Spokesmen of that day on the need for its constitution, because "the more crises, the more Cortes and the more Parliament there must be."
Likewise, the popular spokesperson again withdrew the need for Pedro Sánchez to appear in Congress, already in plenary session and within the Constitutional Commission, given the situation of sanitary emergency and public health, so as to avoid the closure of the most important institutional channel at the national level.
BEFORE THE FULL DAY 18 AND AGAIN IN A BOARD OF SPEAKERS
A week later, on Wednesday, March 18, on the occasion of the plenary meeting of the Congress, the PP president, Pablo Casado, requested before the Chamber the creation of said Commission and, at the end of the session, Cayetana Álvarez of Toledo reiterated that proposal again at the subsequent meeting of the Board of Spokespersons with the idea of maximizing the instruments of democratic control of the rule of law.
The popular spokeswoman defended then that its creation was necessary, since it was not enough to follow up, in the Health Commission, a problem that overflows it, as this crisis encompasses the powers of four other Ministries. As he reiterated, the proposal of a follow-up Commission to that effect is the appropriate instrument for Parliament to fully carry out its mission in an effective way, even if it is electronically.