Isabel Díaz Ayuso and Mónica García have decided to make peace at least momentarily and reduce the tension that has characterized their relationship since both reached the forefront of regional politics. In the meeting they held this Tuesday at Puerta del Sol, within a round of Ayuso with the parliamentary spokespersons, the PP and Más Madrid have reached a minimum verbal agreement to reduce the tension in their future interventions in the Assembly of Madrid.
Both García and the vice president of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Osorio, have been satisfied in press conferences that they have given at the end of the meeting this afternoon at the regional government headquarters. In addition to this pact, the scope of which remains to be seen, the Executive has promised to study several of the proposals that More Madrid has sent to it.
In his speech, García announced in the first place that he had “wrung” several commitments from the president. In the first place, the placement of photovoltaic panels in the Madrid Metro facilities to reduce the energy cost of public transport by up to “12%”, an extension of a much more “modest” plan that the Community of Madrid had already approved. Osorio, for his part, has not referred to any commitment and instead has shown his satisfaction that the opposition formation valued the program that his Government had already announced in June to install these plates in the garages of Fuencarral, Cuatro Winds and Polvoranca.
Something similar has happened with the proposal that Más Madrid has brought to extend the ‘renewal plan’ for electrical appliances and activate it for this year 2022. García has announced that he had obtained the commitment of the Community of Madrid to accept his proposal to extend the lines of help so that families can renew their appliances and buy more efficient ones. Osorio later said that they planned to activate the plan for 2022 under the terms of last year (aid of 150 euros for refrigerators; 70 for washing machines; and 110 for dishwashers), and has advanced that “they will take into account” energy saving measures proposed by the leader of the opposition.
In what they have reached something similar to an agreement is in the commitment by both parties to reduce the tension in the Madrid Assembly. “We have reached a compromise for the Madrid Chamber to be an echo chamber for ideas and proposals. In this sense, we are committed to having plenary sessions with less confrontation, more proactive headlines, and fewer insults and outbursts from the next plenary session,” announced García, who, however, considered this pact quite “brief.” García has specified that it is a verbal agreement and has later recalled that attacks have never been seen against a deputy or deputy such as those directed at him in these years by the PP and Vox parliamentarians.
The vice president has also referred to this issue in the press conference after the meeting and has recognized that for them “there is nothing more desirable”. However, that is as far as the meetings have come: Osorio has subsequently referred that the cause of this climate of tension, of “insults” and “outbursts” were the parties that he has described as populist. Later, he specified that with populist parties he refers to Podemos and its “split”, Más Madrid. “I have spent many years and I have lived that when populist parties appeared, the level of the debates deteriorated, because there began to be insults, lies, attacks on family and personal”, he said, to later insist that in this way they are in favor I agree that “it is a debate of ideas and not of personal attacks” from now on.
Vox, the only alternative to agree on budgets
The Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso, meanwhile, has already begun to prepare the first works for the 2023 budgets, as Osorio has recognized, who has detailed before journalists that this matter has not been discussed at the meeting they have held this morning with the spokeswoman for Vox, Rocío Monasterio, the second in the round of spokespersons, after meeting with the popular group, Pedro Muñoz Abrines.
The Executive assumes that the conversations for next year’s accounts will have to be with the far-right formation. “We have talked about the willingness to negotiate with the Vox group and with other groups, but we have to be practical and we are going to get the support predictably with Vox and hardly with the rest of the groups,” he acknowledged when asked by journalists. end of this morning’s meeting.
Osorio has seen harmony in the diagnosis of his training and that of the Monastery in the face of the economic situation facing Spain and therefore the Community of Madrid this fall, as well as in the solutions that both propose. “They have proposed to us to increase tax cuts, which is something to which we are prone,” continued the regional leader, who has nevertheless avoided committing to a deflation of income tax as the spokeswoman has directly proposed by Vox.
It is in this aspect that Monasterio has placed special emphasis after the meeting with Ayuso. The extreme right wants the Community of Madrid to lower personal income tax as a solution to compensate for the loss of purchasing power, something that, as he recalled, Alberto Núñez Feijóo has proposed to the Prime Minister. “Why doesn’t Mrs. Ayuso in the Community of Madrid do what Mr. Feijóo is asking for in Spain?” He asked himself, to ask that not only this tax reduction be undertaken but that it be done “urgently”.
Osorio, on the other hand, although he has said that they agree that it is necessary to continue lowering taxes, he has referred to the bills that are already being processed in the Madrid Assembly to reduce the inheritance and donation tax and discounts on the tax on rent for large families. “We have to do it to the best of our ability,” he pointed out.
Both formations have also addressed Vox’s proposal to reduce public spending on institutions. At this point, Monasterio has considered that “politicians should tighten their belts” and has expected the PP to do everything possible to “cut waste” in public buildings such as the headquarters of Telemadrid, “70 million euros in institutional advertising” or in subsidies to trade unions for training courses. The extreme right has also requested in this line that the parliamentary processing of the agreement that both formations reached last April to reduce the number of deputies in the regional Assembly be accelerated. “If the rest of the groups do not want to accept this proposal, they will have to explain to the people who cannot pay the electricity bill why they vote against it,” he argued, without clarifying how a reduction in parliamentarians is going to help the population of Madrid to reach the end of the month.
The PP assumes for its part that it is practically impossible for this proposal to go ahead at least in this legislature, since to approve it it needs more parliamentary support in addition to that of Vox and according to what Muñoz Abrines has dropped, at this time they do not exist. “The legislature will determine the viability of these proposals, but it seems that it will not be possible to carry out this type of initiative. We will try to fulfill the commitments that we have made if the circumstances allow it”, she expressed after meeting with Ayuso, in the first meeting that the president had with the spokespersons this morning.