The Government and the PP consider that if there is a law that justifies an agreement between the two major parties, it is that of official secrets, which serves to replace the Francoist law in force since 1968. Even more so because all the parties that usually support the Government have rejected the lines announced by Moncloa, especially the automatic declassification of secrets after 50 years.
Alberto Nunez Feijoo has always explained that he is in favor of agreeing on this type of initiative, to prevent it from being the result of Pedro Sanchez with their regular partners. In this case too, because the PP has never been in favor of declassifying secrets of the Transition and the first years of democracy.
However, this position of the two major parties collides again with the lack of negotiating bridges between Moncloa and the PP. In fact, this Monday the public exchange of reproaches between socialists and popular has been reproduced.
Neither the Government has yet contacted the PP to explain its intentions with the bill, nor from Genoa do they renounce using the lack of support from Pedro Sanchez in Parliament, to influence the idea of its weakness in the Cortes.
An example of this lack of bridges is that more than a month after being held in Madrid the NATO summit, there has not been a single contact between Sánchez and Feijóo to inform him of their results. Not even to agree to the vote in Congress on the agreement to increase the presence of US ships at the Rota base, although this pact between PSOE and PP is essential.
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PP sources explain that, in principle, they agree that the declassification period reaches 50 years. Neither socialists nor popular want there to be an immediate declassification of documentation on the previous head of state, on 23 F, on the fight against terrorism or on the dirty war against ETA from the early 1980s.
That is to say, there is a coincidence of the two great parties in preserving the Transition, at least, until within a few years that, according to the Government’s draft, would reach 2030, at least.
The popular ones cite as a precedent the National Security Law, processed in Congress, and which was saved by the PP in plenary, before the rejection of the rest of the parties.
As they explain, the difference with this case is that then there were contacts for months between Moncloa and Genoa. There were no agreements, but there were contacts because both parties understood that it is a matter of state.
The draft official secrets law is yet to be submitted to non-binding reports. Then it will return to the Council of Ministers in the autumn and will begin its parliamentary process in early 2023.
That calendar can be negative for the law to go aheadsince at that time the pre-campaign for the regional and municipal elections will begin and almost that of the general ones.
In theory there is enough time for it to be approved, but PP sources fear that its approval will be impossible again.
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