Madrid, Apr 10 (EFE) .- The Mixed Senate group runs the risk of becoming an overcrowded “cabin of the Marx brothers” where the voice of minorities in the Upper House has less and less weight because the foreseeable increase in their members will make them touch less in the distribution of times and in the quotas of initiatives.
The alarms have jumped as a result of the incorporation into this group of Emilio Argüeso and Ruth Goñi, both from Ciudadanos, and given the real possibility that after the Madrid elections and those already held in Catalonia, their ranks will swell with more senators by appointment autonomic, and go from ten to 15 or 16 members.
Senators from Teruel Existe, the Union of the Navarrese People (UPN) and the Aragonese Regionalist Party (PAR), all integrated into the Mixed group, confirm to Efe their enormous “concern” for a situation that may become unsustainable, they warn, as of next session.
They demand solutions, and recall that one of them would be the reform of the Regulation that they presented in February 2020 and that a year later it is still pending debate; It is about changing a single word from the norm in order to reduce the number of senators required to form their own parliamentary group from ten to six.
The composition of the territorial Chamber -265 senators of which 208 are elected in the general elections and 57 are appointed by the regional parliaments- fluctuates throughout each legislature because when regional elections are held, the respective legislative chambers must renew their representatives. .
The two whose renewal is pending provide 15 parliamentarians to the hemicycle, eight the Parliament of Catalonia and seven the Assembly of Madrid, and among them there are candidates to join the Mixed, those from minority parties without the ability to form their own group.
In addition, after the serious internal crisis of Ciudadanos, its parliamentary group has been reduced to four senators, two below the minimum threshold, in the absence of Andalusia shortly electing the replacement for Fran Hervías, who resigned from the act.
If when the current session ends in June if the orange formation continues without reaching six, those who remain will have to go to the Mixed.
The maneuvers to escape the funnel that this group supposes have already begun, and thus Fabián Chinea, from the Gomera Socialist Group (ASG), has just passed on to another group, the Confederal Left.
Six regional senators live there, but they are going to lose Catalan Sara Vilà (En Comú Podem), so the incorporation of Chinea guarantees the survival of the group.
In short, the Mixed now has three senators from Vox, two from Teruel Existe, one from UPN, another from PAR, one more from the Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC) and two from Ciudadanos, the Navarrese Ruth Goñi and the Valencian Emilio Argüeso.
A number that according to Clemente Sánchez Garnica (PAR) is still manageable, but if it continues to increase much more – he and his colleagues estimate that it can rise between four and six members – will make the Mixto a “group absolutely impossible to manage.”
However, the variables that will determine how it will look from September are many.
Because it also counts if Más Madrid will keep its senator integrated into the Confederal Left, if Vox can add one for Madrid or not, if Ciudadanos renews the two that it has designated by the Madrid assembly … but the current group insists that the The panorama clearly points to the dreaded saturation.
“The ideal would be to divide the Mixed group in two, it is complicated by regulation, but it could be achieved with political will and the support and understanding of the majority groups,” explains Sánchez Garnica, who regrets that a year after the proposed reform of the Regulation neither the PSOE nor the PP have spoken about it.
With ten senators – and rising – the problem is that each formation has less and less time to intervene in plenary sessions, no matter how much the Presidency acts flexibly and, moreover, the possibilities of asking questions in the control sessions are reduced, insists Joaquín Egea , from Teruel Existe.
This senator qualifies as authentic “madness” that the Mixed group can kill 15 senators, the same as ERC, the third parliamentary group in the Chamber after PSOE and PP, and recalls that the spokesmen on duty insist in each Board of Spokespersons to raise the problem of the “little voice” that is being left to minorities in a Chamber that calls itself territorial.
A “paradox”, he explains, that could be solved with the proposed regulatory reform and the well-known “political will” that they demand from the majorities, which always hold the key to the formation of groups at the beginning of each legislature with the stratagem of the ” Senators’ Provisional Loans.
The current regulation obliges to have a minimum of ten senators to be able to form their own group but also allows them to later drop to six without its dissolution, so the majority give up some of their own temporarily, just to formalize their constitution, since then they leave again.
With this trick, they achieved their own group Ciudadanos (with the help of the PP) and the Confederal Left (supported by the PSOE), but not six senators from the Mixto who sought to group together outside of Vox and did not get support for it.
It is, according to the proposed reform, an “evident comparative grievance” that leaves the qualification of groups to the “discretionary” will of the majorities, which would be avoided by changing Article 27 of the Regulation, so as to reduce this requirement of ten to six senators and end the loan scheme.
In similar terms, UPN Senator Alberto Catalán regrets the lack of attention that both the Senate Table and the Board meetings receive the spokesmen of the Mixto due to their repeated complaints and stresses the need to find solutions.
Because, and in that he agrees with the other senators in his group, if the Senate is a territorial chamber, it must prove it and ensure that minority senators can perform the representative function for which they were elected.
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