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The Bizkaia Civil Guard protests the PNV – PSOE agreement in the port of Bilbao

Intervention of the Civil Guard in Bilbao.

Jeickson Sulbaran

November 15, 2023 | 7:52 pm

Contextualization of the agreement

The recent agreement signed between the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and the Basque Nationalist Party (GNP) has sparked a significant debate regarding the security and territorial organization of the Civil Guard force in Bizkaia. This agreement, concluded on November 10, 2023, implies the transfer of certain powers that to date were exercised by the Civil Guard in the Port of Bilbao, now delegating them to the Ertzaintza, the Basque Autonomous Police.

Transition of powers: Port of Bilbao

The decision mainly affects the restricted area of ​​the Port of Bilbao. The Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC) in Bizkaia has expressed its concern, pointing out that this transfer of responsibilities not only alters the security dynamics of the port but also has an impact on the internal structure of the Civil Guard in the region.

Work and family repercussions

Restructuring in Bizkaia

The transfer of powers entails a significant restructuring in the province of Bizkaia. A potential loss of assignments is expected for dozens of civil guards and their families, which not only impacts the professional field but also the personal one. This restructuring is not an isolated phenomenon, since similar changes have been recorded in other regions in the past, affecting different specialized units of the Civil Guard.

Implications for tax and borders

The agreement could mean a considerable change in the Fiscal and Border units. Previously, a reorganization in Bizkaia had balanced the loss of troops in Citizen security with an increase in these areas. However, the new agreement puts this stability at risk, potentially reducing the presence of the Civil Guard in roles crucial to the security of the province.

Compliance with legislation

La AUGC has expressed its concern about compliance with current legislation regarding the State Security Forces and Bodies. This legal aspect is essential to understand the validity and possible implications of the agreement in the Spanish legal framework.

Dialogue and communication

A critical point in this process has been the lack of effective communication. According to AUGC, notification of these changes has been made through the media, without prior dialogue with those affected. This situation raises questions about transparency and respect for Civil Guard personnel.

Historical and comparative perspective

Background in other regions

This agreement is not an isolated case. Similar situations have been observed in other regions of Spain, where the Servicio Marítimo Guardia Civil has seen its powers and structure modified. This suggests a pattern that could have broader implications for the organization and territorial distribution of security forces in Spain.

Conclusion and reflection

The agreement between PSOE and PNV marks a turning point in the distribution of security powers in Bizkaia. While the transfer of responsibilities to the Ertzaintza can be interpreted as a step towards greater regional autonomy, it also raises questions about effectiveness, internal communication and the work and personal repercussions for members of the Civil Guard. A thorough analysis that considers both safety needs and respect and protection of the rights of the workers involved is crucial. The situation in Bizkaia could serve as a reference for future restructuring in other regions of Spain, emphasizing the importance of a balanced approach and transparent communication in such change processes.

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