When there are barely a few hours left until this Saturday, at 10:00, the Council of Ministers meets in an extraordinary way to approve the new anti-crisis decree, there is still no agreement between PSOE and United We Can, who are rushing the negotiation of the text until the last minute. The talks continued on Thursday afternoon without bearing fruit and were resumed this Friday, at 6:00 p.m., in a new meeting between the partners that, at the close of this edition, had already lasted into the night. The parties do not rule out that the decree can finally be closed this Saturday, first thing in the morning.
Yolanda Díaz proposes a check of 300 euros for the people “hardest hit” by inflation
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who participated in a meeting of the European Council this Friday in Brussels, announced at noon that the new decree that will replace the one approved in April – and which expires next week – will include measures that will last until the end of year. This was just one of the requests from United We Can. But, as this newspaper has learned, the socialist party remains reluctant to accept other measures from the confederal group, especially the 300-euro check proposed by the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, which should be aimed at helping the most vulnerable families in the face of price escalation. From the confederal group they explain, for their part, that the debate would be at the income threshold required to be able to be a beneficiary of that aid.
“We are going to incorporate new measures for families and companies, to protect ourselves from rising prices,” Sánchez limited himself to assuring, who assured that it would be after the Council of Ministers this Saturday when the specific details of the decree will be known, reports Andrew Gil. The goal, he added, will be “to protect families” and “support affected sectors.” Sánchez recalled that the Government has already launched “an item of 1,000 million euros for sectors such as transport” and also mentioned “selective reductions in certain taxes” such as the reduction of VAT on energy from 10% to 5% that announced Wednesday in Congress.
“We know that inflation is high, and we know very well for whom this government governs. There are other sectors that want a ‘status quo’ and privileges, we know for whom we govern, for families, that is why we want selective tax reductions, specific aid to affected sectors, such as transport and primary activity. morning [por este sábado] we will account for these stockings, ”he insisted. “After a three-month evaluation, in dialogue with the sectors and the political forces, we have understood that all the measures had to be prolonged and extended until December 31 of this year,” he remarked.
The reaction to the debacle in the Andalusians
The United We Can part of the Executive believed at the beginning of the week that the negotiation with the PSOE was going to be easier than it is being just a few hours after the approval of the anti-crisis decree by the Council of Ministers. Sources from the confederal group considered that, given the bad result of the left in Andalusia, the socialist part of the Government would be more inclined to endorse some of the proposals put forward by United We Can, with the intention of giving a social and more leftist impulse to the progressive executive.
The negotiation, however, was still “frozen” late on Friday, according to sources from the Executive. In the crossed drafts that the partners had sent until early this afternoon, only the lowering of VAT on electricity and the 15% increase in non-contributory pensions agreed with EH Bildu appeared as additions to the previous decree. None of the other initiatives proposed by United We Can were accepted by the socialist party.
From the Second Vice Presidency, the department headed by the coordinator of United We Can in the Government, Yolanda Díaz, regrets that the contacts to address the anti-crisis decree have been launched at the last moment. They also consider that “it is a delicate moment” for the Spanish economy, for which they emphasize that the Government cannot be satisfied with extending the measures of the previous decree, to which Sánchez’s announcement of reducing from 10% to 5% has been added. % VAT on electricity. “It is time to protect the citizens who are having the worst time,” say the sources consulted.
To that end, Díaz herself proposed this week a “300-euro check for the people hardest hit by the crisis, as has been implemented in France”, in addition to measures to “reduce the transport subscription by 50%” throughout the country. country. He also proposed “a mechanism that allows the bonus to be graduated to the price of gasoline and non-professional diesel according to the income level of the beneficiaries”, so that the aid now in force is not the same for all citizens and is done based on of his wealth. And, to pay for all this, Díaz proposed increasing the type of companies by “10 points” for the large electricity companies to raise between 1,500 million and 2,000 million euros a year.
Pressure from government partners
From the Ministry of Finance it is taken for granted that the aforementioned VAT reduction will be approved, reports Diego Larrouy. There is also an extension of the discounts of 20 cents per liter for gasoline and diesel. But it seems ruled out that the plan includes changes in the taxation of energy companies as requested by the minority partner. The Treasury considers that the vehicle of the Royal Decree does not allow the creation of a new tax and that the rise of Companies is complicated, an aspect that United We Can disagree with.
This same week, the parliamentary partners of the coalition government, whose support will be necessary once again to be able to validate the new decree in Congress, demanded that the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, have more left-wing policies. They consider that this is the way after the debacle of the progressive space in the Andalusian elections on Sunday in which the PP of Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla swept away, which achieved an absolute majority. ERC, EH Bildu and Más País have also asked the PSOE and United We Can not be “tempted” to approach the postulates of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, in order to maintain the progressive bloc until the end of the legislature and as the only guarantee to be able to reissue a left-wing government after the general elections scheduled for 2023.