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Campo returns to the Hearing, Ábalos and Calvo are still deputies and Laya, Celaá and Duque ask for the payments of exalted positions

With the aim of leaving behind a first half of the legislature marked by the bad news of the pandemic, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, whose wear and tear was already beginning to be reflected in some polls, decided on July 10, just a few weeks before from the end of the political course, set out on a new course by changing six of his ministers.

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The objective of the reform of the Executive, which did not affect the ministers of United We Can, is to face the second half of the legislature with more optimism, presenting its new team as the “Government of recovery”, in a scenario in which Spain leads the world rankings for vaccination and economic growth after months of health emergency.

Giving more weight to other profiles of the PSOE, Sánchez dropped some of the most relevant ministers in his Cabinet who, at the same time, showed greater wear both due to their overexposure and some controversial decisions. In that group were the former First Vice President Carmen Calvo – who was succeeded by the new Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños -, the former Minister of Transport and former Secretary for Organization of the PSOE José Luis Ábalos – replaced by Raquel Sánchez – and the former Minister of Justice Juan Carlos Campo –whose portfolio is now held by Pilar Llop–.

The president also replaced the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González-Laya –relevated by José Manuel Albares–, that of Education, Isabel Celaá –who gave the ministry to Pilar Alegría–, that of Science, Pedro Duque –successfully succeeded by Diana Morant– and the Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez-Uribes, who has been replaced by Miquel Iceta, who remained in the Government after handing over the Ministry of Territorial Policy to Isabel Rodríguez, the new spokesperson for the Executive. Sánchez also fired his chief of staff, Iván Redondo, who until then was considered “the 23rd minister” for his all-powerful influence on the president’s decisions.

Compensation of almost 5,000 euros per month

More than a month and mediated after that government crisis, what has happened to the outgoing ministers? What are your plans once you leave the Executive? Campo has returned to the National Court, where he had a post as a judge. Calvo and Ábalos plan to continue as PSOE deputies in Congress at least until the end of the legislature and Rodríguez Uribes remains in the leadership of the Socialist Party, as secretary of Secularism. On the other hand, González-Laya, Celaá, Duque and Redondo, waiting to meet new professional challenges, have chosen to request compensation as former senior officials and will receive 80% of the salary they received when they were in the Executive up to a maximum of two years, as advanced at the end of July.

This compensation, which would be paralyzed in the case of finding a new job – this newspaper has tried unsuccessfully to find out if any of the four are on the way to start a new position – as it is incompatible with another salary, can be charged for a period maximum of two years and as long as they have been in office for at least that long, which is the case of Duque, Celaá and Redondo. González Laya, on the other hand, will only be able to receive it for a year and a half, since that was the time during which she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs. According to article 20 of the General State Budget Law of 2021, the budgets that were in force when they were terminated, the salary of a minister is 74,858 euros per year, so that Celaá, González Laya and Duque have the right to collect an allowance of 59,886.48 euros per year, about 5,000 euros per month, to compensate for their incompatibility and the prohibition during that time to join jobs related to their functions in the Government.

Redondo, who was head of the Presidency’s Cabinet, received in 2020, according to the salaries for 2020 that are published in the Transparency Portal, 118,131.66 euros, so if the percentage is calculated based on this figure, he would receive 7,875 , 44 euros per month for a maximum period of two years.

Campo does not feel like a “revolving door”

Those who will maintain professional activity will be Campo, Calvo, Ábalos and Rodríguez Uribes. The first requested his re-entry into the position of judge of the Criminal Chamber of the National High Court so, according to the incompatibility regime set out in current legislation, given his previous status as minister, he will have the obligation to abstain in all proceedings. where the parties or party representatives are.

“Returning to the job you entered 34 years ago is not any pollution or any revolving door, it is a return to your profession,” Campo defended himself on July 22 in an interview with the agency. Europa Press after criticism against him for going from the highest political leader of the Justice administration to being part of it again, in a matter of days. For the now active judge, the important thing is that the National Court, and specifically the Criminal Chamber of which he will be a part, is a body in which decisions are made collegially, “and there is no room for the influence of anyone except legal “.

From the environment closest to Calvo they confirm to that their intention is to continue as a PSOE deputy until the end of the legislature. “They will see me in my seat as soon as my group summons me to what it has to summon. I am a deputy at this time”, she assured herself only four days later to be stopped by Sánchez. “I will continue to help my party, which is what I have always done and what I have to continue doing, in my seat, with my colleagues,” insisted the former vice president in her last public speech, a little over a month ago.

Calvo also continues to be the head of Equality in the leadership of the PSOE, despite the fact that in her cessation as vice president, an alleged loss of confidence of the president due to the negotiation of the Trans Law, which faced what was the “number two” of the Executive with the head of Equality, Irene Montero, for months, and the discrepancies between the two ministers in these and other Equality policies were known.

Uribes returns to university

Ábalos, for his part, resigned his position as Secretary of Organization of the PSOE – and was replaced by Santos Cerdán – just a few hours after being dismissed as Minister of Transport by Sánchez, a gesture that he himself did not expect and that also It caught a large part of the party by surprise, but it meant a clear loss of confidence from the Prime Minister, who is also the party’s general secretary. However, his intention is to continue as a deputy in Congress until 2023, as this newspaper has learned.

In short, he was one of the leaders who supported Sánchez in the primaries against Susana Díaz in 2017 from the beginning, despite the fact that they had not had much relationship before, but he quickly became part of his closest team until he appointed Secretary of Organization at that congress. As one of the few veterans that Sánchez had in his narrowest circle then, he was the defender of the PSOE’s position in the motion of censure against Mariano Rajoy presented by Pablo Iglesias and, later, the one that Sánchez successfully promoted in 2018 to throw him out. from Moncloa.

The one who does maintain his position in the party is the former Minister of Culture José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, but with very minor responsibilities. As it appears in the organization chart of the PSOE, and as he himself collects in his Twitter profile, he is still the Secretary of Secularism of the socialist leadership. In addition, the also former Sports Minister is a tenured professor of Philosophy of Law and Human Rights at the Carlos III University of Madrid, where he plans to return in the coming months.