Thursday, September 16

Sánchez activates the negotiation of the Budgets that will put the coalition Government to the test

Pedro Sánchez has kicked off the new political cycle with which he aspires to reaffirm the economic recovery when 70% of the vaccinated population sees the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. The Government sets in the General State Budgets one of the most important milestones in that direction. The socialist wing of the cabinet was hopeful this Wednesday in the progress of the talks with the part of United We Can, which, however, maintains the tension due to the disagreements in the way of dealing with the rising cost of electricity and the entrenchment of the law of living place. The negotiation and subsequent approval of the budgets will put the strength of the coalition to the test at a time when warnings from parliamentary allies to Sánchez have multiplied.

The Government launches its plan for the recovery of homes with the burden of the price of electricity

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The intention of the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, is that the public accounts for the next academic year reach Congress in a timely manner, that is, before the 30th of this month. Sánchez promised to present them “between the end of September and the beginning of October.” In the Treasury they maintain that the procedures are more advanced than last year since the deficit path was approved in July. The priority partners of the Executive are also clarified – the same of the investiture and that facilitated the approval of the previous accounts – in the face of Moncloa’s failed attempt to attract Citizens in 2020. Now Montero will focus on the budgetary details, which he intends to agree on first. internally, and will sit down with the rest of the partners before or after introducing them, according to the preference expressed. So far in the legislature, one of the great reproaches to Sánchez is the lack of dialogue with the representatives of the seats he needs to reach the parliamentary majority necessary to carry out the reforms.

In the Treasury they assure that the conversations with the minority partner for now have been based on global issues. “The negotiations with the partner are in the right direction,” state government sources on the socialist side. However, United We can warn that they have not yet met to lay the foundations of the budget project, whose negotiations this year will see demands on the electricity market.

The exorbitant increase in the price of electricity is the great tension that is now going through the coalition and that worries both sectors due to the erosion that it entails in their electorate. “The Government takes charge of social concern. And for that reason, the Government has acted, acts and will continue to act until solving the rise in energy prices,” Sánchez said in his speech at the start of this course Wednesday, in which he has detailed some of the measures that the Executive has implemented and that, according to his calculations, suppose a cushioning of 12% in the final receipt and that is added to the 15% that he estimates that will lead to parliamentary approval of the laws that will allow the cost of the oldest renewables to be removed from the receipt and the cut back on hydroelectric and nuclear power due to the rising cost of CO2.

In Moncloa they admit, however, that there have been failures when it comes to explaining the rise, which they attribute fundamentally to external factors, such as the price of gas and the auction mechanism through which energy is purchased. For this reason, the Vice President and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, will try to do a more intense work of “pedagogy”, according to government sources that assume that new measures will be announced and that the matter will be addressed within the EU.

Now, Sánchez broke a spear in favor of Ribera in the face of pressure from United We Can, which has even called for social mobilizations and which proposes measures that the socialists flatly reject, such as the intervention of the electricity market. “We will continue to act, but what we have to be clear about is that we will always continue to act within the European regulatory framework,” the president warned in a reassuring message for the representatives of the main energy companies who were present at the Casa event. from America.

In the socialist part of the Government they do not hide their discomfort at the position that United We can maintain on this matter. “This summer there has been a bit of competition for ideas. There are thousands of ways to get the measures to the vice president before making it public,” lament government sources. However, from the minority partner they assure that the Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarra, and the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, sent them to them before making them known.

But it is not the only stumbling block that the coalition has on the table. There has been no progress in the housing law since José Luis Ábalos left the Ministry and there have only been contacts with his successor, Raquel Sánchez. United We can not give in on its demand that the new regulations establish mechanisms to directly lower the prices of rents in stressed areas, which runs into the refusal of the PSOE. The programmatic agreement signed by Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias was committed to promoting “the necessary regulatory measures to put a ceiling on the abusive increases in rental prices in certain areas of the stressed market.” For United We Can, this means that prices are lowered and a limit is set where the market is skyrocketing.

Government sources point out that the position of the new Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, does not vary with respect to that of her predecessor. Socialists claim that the decline occurs indirectly with bonuses to owners, for example. It is an insufficient proposal for United We Can and the majority of parliamentary allies. ERC already linked in 2020 its support for budgets to regulating rents – a matter that is still pending – and also EH Bildu and Más País demand more ambition from the socialists.

After a profound remodeling in the cabinet that affected the ministerial structure but also the president’s narrower team, in Moncloa they are conspiring so that nothing will cloud the recovery cycle that is now beginning. “There will not be an economic recovery if it is not a fair recovery, if it does not reach all levels of our society,” Sánchez reiterated this Wednesday. Hence, the main idea of ​​his intervention has been the confirmation that the Government will raise the minimum interprofessional wage immediately after having frozen it at the request of the socialist wing and at the expense of the economic situation.

Catalonia in the background

And, with the objective that the main message is that of recovery, Sánchez has avoided mentioning Catalonia among his priorities. “Today we do not come to talk about that but about how we grow. We came to talk about a fair recovery. It is on the government’s agenda, which is social and starts strong with pensions, minimum wage or Vocational Training linked to macroeconomic data,” state government sources , who anticipate that the Social Security affiliation data “will be good.”

However, they assure that the search for a solution to the territorial conflict has not been abandoned. “Catalonia has its agenda,” say those sources who underline the “normality” of relations with the Generalitat and place the meeting of the dialogue table on the third week of September, as planned, although they acknowledge that the order has to be determined. of the day and composition. In Moncloa they still do not anticipate if the president will attend, as Pere Aragonès claims. What they do point out is that it will be necessary to address issues beyond the proposal of an independence referendum that the Government will raise and to which the Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, closed the way this Tuesday: “This is not the way. This is not the way. It is not the path of dialogue, it is not the path of reunion. This is not the way we want to travel with Catalonia. ”

In this eagerness to focus the debate on social initiatives, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, justified that the reform of the Penal Code – which will include changes in the classification of the crimes of sedition and rebellion – has been left out of the regulatory plans of the Executive for the remainder of the year. The law on official secrets has also fallen – which was also provided for in the 2020 regulatory plan – causing the anger of the PNV, which denounces the blocking of its initiative in Congress with which it intends to see the light of the hidden papers on the 23-F, the GAL or the repeal of the gag law. The one that has been included is the National Security law.

Despite the intensity with which the course begins and the warnings that come to him from his partners, Sánchez has once again taken it for granted that the legislature will end in 2023. “This is a government of action. This is a determined government. This is a government that is going to move Spain forward. In the approximately 850 days that remain in the legislature until the end of 2023, it will continue to do so, “he declared.

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