Barcelona (EFE).- King Felipe VI travels to Barcelona on Tuesday to preside at the Forum Auditorium at the ceremony for the delivery of offices to the 171 new judges and to inaugurate the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) audiovisual room, the largest audiovisual fair in the world.
The act of awarding diplomas to the judges of the 71st promotion, trained at the Barcelona Judicial School, coincides for another year with the crisis derived from the political blockade for the renewal of the members of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), which that last November led to the resignation of its president, Carlos Lesmes.
In this way, the magistrate Rafael Mozo, who after the resignation of Lesmes was appointed substitute for the president of the CGPJ, and the director of the Judicial School, Jorge Jiménez, will intervene in the act together with the king.
The ceremony will also be attended by the acting president of the Supreme Court, Francisco Marín, the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, the Government delegate in Catalonia, Maria Eugènia Gay, the State Attorney General, Álvaro García Ortiz, and the Minister of Justice , Gemma Ubasart.
The authorities who will attend the ceremony also include the presidents of the National Court and of the higher courts of justice, including that of Catalonia, Jesús María Barrientos.
Felipe VI attended the last time in November 2021 to deliver offices to the judges of the 70th promotion, after the previous year he did not attend the ceremony by decision of the Government so as not to alter coexistence on the eve of the sentence that ended disqualifying Quim Torra as president of the Generalitat.
It was the only time that the monarch was absent from that act, which in 2018, in full process, was held extraordinarily in Madrid by decision of the CGPJ, which was intended to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution.
The traditional act of awarding diplomas to the new judges returned to normal in its last edition of 2021, which was held amid strong security measures although, unlike other occasions, at the gates of the Auditorium the independence movement did not call any protest .
This time, the National Assembly of Catalonia (ANC) has called a rally at the gates of the Forum in protest at the presence of the monarch, with the slogan “Neither king nor crown. Independence”.
In the morning, Felipe VI will also attend the inauguration of the ISE room, the largest audiovisual fair in the world that is held in Barcelona for the second consecutive year, and will tour the congress facilities, at the Gran Via fairgrounds in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona).
The show, aimed mainly at professionals in the sector and which has a thousand audiovisual technology exhibitors, closed its doors last year with 43,691 visits from 151 countries, which consolidates it as one of the largest fairs in Barcelona, behind the Mobile World Congress (MWC).