Clear directive from Moncloa to the ministers: downplay the breakdown of the voting unit of the vote that occurred this Thursday in the vote on the audiovisual law. The socialist wing of the coalition has cascaded to minimize the abstention of United We Can after the PSOE slipped an amendment that benefited the large producers to the detriment of the independent ones, skipping the agreement also reached with the ERC, which voted against. It has been the first time that the groups that support the Executive vote differently in a project that came out of the Council of Ministers. “It has been something punctual”, they assured in Moncloa minutes before the presentation of the Strategic Project of Social and Care Economy began, which was attended by a good part of the members of the cabinet and in which Sánchez took the opportunity to show the “pride ” and thank the “great team” of the coalition for their work.
That image symbolizes, for Moncloa, that the division was a circumstantial issue and that the important thing is the usual management of the Executive. Little more than twelve hours after United We Can, with Yolanda Díaz at the head, distanced themselves from the opinion of the audiovisual law, the second vice president inaugurated the presentation ceremony of the last PERTE linked to the recovery funds that Pedro Sánchez has closed in the presence of many of the members of the Government, for whom he has been full of praise.
“I want to thank the collective work of all the members of the Government”, reiterated the president, who has taken heart from the management of the “Progressive Coalition Government” which he has referred to as such on about a dozen occasions. “Things have not been easy for the first coalition government in history. (…) Despite the successive crises we have to face [ha dicho refiriéndose a la pandemia y a la guerra en Ucrania], the Government has always been clear that the response to this and many other crises had to be resolved with empathy”. “We have done a lot, dear ministers, but we still have a lot to do in this social call”, he continued. “The task is not easy, but we can share that it is worth it and we should feel honored by the trust placed in us”, he added. “In the task of transforming our country, towards greater quotas of social dignity and opportunity, much has been achieved, thanks to the action of the progressive coalition government, and there is still much to do, and we dedicate ourselves to this, dear ministers. , vice presidents, in the progressive coalition government ”, he has settled.
In addition to Sánchez and Díaz, who have intervened, the event was attended by the First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation; Nadia Calvino; the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas; the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with Parliament and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños; the Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez; the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias; the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá; the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero; and that of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarra, to which Yolanda Díaz has specifically referred in her intervention in a moment of coldness within the confederal space before the future candidacy of the second vice president.
Before that photo and Sánchez’s words of vindication were produced, the socialist ministers had come out in a rush to downplay the breakdown of the voting unit, which was preceded by significant anger from United We Can -but also from ERC and EH Bildu for the move by the PSOE by introducing a substantial change in the terms of the law regarding production companies as a “technical amendment”. The first was the Minister of the Presidency and Relations with the Courts, who downplayed the position of United We Can because the law went ahead by majority while other projects were approved, as number two of his pointed out on Twitter:
The closed defense of the coalition has come from different ministers of the socialist wing, such as the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, who has assured that “it is perfectly and absolutely oiled”. With nuances, the head of the Treasury, María Jesús Montero, has also downplayed the rupture, who has said that the vote on the audiovisual law has been “an exceptional issue”, although she has issued a warning to United We Can by being convinced that It will not happen again “among other things” because it is the government partner that has “a smaller number of parliamentarians”, reports Europa Press.