Wednesday, July 6

Sánchez squeezes the month of July after giving up the stage of pardons

Pedro Sánchez squeezes the month of July before the holidays to promote laws that had lagged behind, such as that of ‘only yes is yes’ or that of democratic memory, after considering the stage of pardons for the independence leaders to be overcome. “Little by little, serenity begins to prevail over the interested noise,” he told the PSOE staff on Saturday. Once this trance is over, which in the socialist ranks they consider that it has been managed well despite the fear of wear and tear, the Government wants to accelerate the social agenda and the president reactivates the international one with a tour of the Baltic countries that he undertakes this Tuesday and another scheduled for the third week of the month in the United States with a marked economic and commercial end.

The PSOE endorses the pardons, which according to Sánchez already have “effects”: “Serenity begins to prevail”

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After dismantling the LGTBI and trans law coinciding with the commemoration of Pride, the Council of Ministers will approve in a second round the organic law for the comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom, better known as the “only yes is yes” law. The text, which the Ministry of Equality wanted to approve on dates close to the one when the herd was violated, which led to a wave of indignation that led to this legal change, will now be sent to the Courts after going through the relevant bodies to make them your contributions. The final draft includes changes in the definition of consent and in the penalties, which are tougher in some cases, compared to the first.

The acceleration in these norms has caused a delay in the approval of the democratic memory law that Carmen Calvo has drawn up and that will go to Congress at next week’s cabinet meeting. Despite the questioning made by the Judiciary to the prohibition of Francoist foundations, the text will maintain it. “To praise is to continue vilifying the victims of Francoism,” warned the first vice president.

Calvo, who has denied that the trans law represents a defeat for her against Irene Montero, has assured that it is “one of the many laws” that she has to coordinate as Minister of the Presidency and has indicated that only in the next two Meetings of the Council of Ministers will approve five legislative texts.

The Government will officially give the green light this Tuesday to the first part of the pension reform after the agreement with the social agents by which the revaluation is reinstated in accordance with the evolution of the CPI and incentives are applied to the delay of retirements. That was a boost for the coalition, which achieved the tenth agreement with employers and unions in little more than a year and a half of life; But the businessmen have already warned that what will come from now on, the second part of the pension project and the labor reform, will be more complicated.

The approval of the plan to reduce the temporary nature of the public sector is also expected, which has been one of the main issues of Miquel Iceta since his landing in Territorial Policy and Public Function. The negotiation has ended with an important transfer by his department that has agreed to pay compensation to interns in a situation of temporary fraud who do not achieve a place in the oppositions. At the same cabinet meeting, the approval of a project to facilitate the creation of startups.

The intention of the coalition is, in addition, to accelerate some processes in Congress and that the parliamentary holidays do not start at 100% yet. Thus, it has been enabled for the Education and Vocational Training commission to carry out work for the processing of the Vocational Training law, which had been announced months ago, and which was approved in June. Government sources suggest that an attempt will be made to process the project known as the Rider Law promoted by the urgent procedure to fight against the false self-employed on digital platforms such as Glovo or Deliveroo.

Congress will also hold an extraordinary plenary session in mid-July to validate the law decrees that have been approved in recent weeks and that did not fit in the ordinary period of sessions. One of them is the one that puts an end to the mandatory use of the mask outdoors. Sánchez announced the decision on the eve of granting the grace measure for the leaders of the you process. It is in these kinds of things that the citizens believe in the Government and not so much in the political battle. “The important thing is economic recovery and job creation. When the European funds arrive, this will have changed completely,” reflects a socialist regional president about the wear and tear drawn by some surveys for the PSOE.

With the vaccination well advanced, Sánchez has reactivated the international agenda that was diminished during the pandemic. After two mini tours of Africa – where he visited Angola and Senegal to address migration issues and the promotion of Spanish companies on the continent – and of Latin America – Argentina and Costa Rica -, the president will be on July 6, 7 and 8 in the Baltic countries.

In Estonia, he will meet with Prime Minister Kaja Kalla; with the president, Kersti Kaljulaid, and with the president of Parliament, Juri Ratas. In Latvia, he will also hold meetings with political leaders and take the opportunity to visit the Spanish troops stationed in the country. Finally, he will travel to Lithuania, where he will also see the troops and meet with the leaders. Sánchez will offer a press conference with the prime minister before continuing with the agenda that will take him to a visit to the university and a brief meeting with the president of the basketball federation, former Real Madrid player Arvydas Sabonis. He will also take advantage of his presence in Lithuania to meet with the Belarusian leader Sviatlana Tsikhamouskaya who is there in exile. Sánchez could not receive her in Moncloa when he visited Spain because he was in quarantine, although they had a telephone conversation.

Faced with official visits to those three countries that will have an eminently political profile, Sánchez will travel to the US accompanied by businessmen to relaunch commercial relations. In Moncloa they intend to promote investments in Spain and take advantage of the pull of European funds. The president will be in New York, where the focus will be the rating agents and funds; San Francisco, where he will visit Silicon Valley and, specifically, Apple’s headquarters, and Los Angeles, the main Spanish-speaking city in the country. He will take the opportunity to announce progress in the opening of a Cervantes Institute headquarters.

Nerves for the date of the government crisis

Between the two trips, Sánchez will preside together with the king the tribute to the victims of COVID-19 on July 15 and has left the meeting with the regional presidents to address the distribution of European funds for the last week of the month. The president calculated that 50% of these funds will be managed directly by the autonomies, but many still complain about the lack of information and criteria established on them.

With that agenda loaded until the summer break, uncertainty takes hold of the Council of Ministers and, above all, of the intermediate positions on the continuity of the current members of the cabinet. The initial idea in Moncloa was that the government crisis was close to autumn, taking advantage of the changes in the PSOE, which celebrates its 40th Congress in October; But after the defeat of the socialists in the Community of Madrid and the acceleration in the resolution of the pardons, government sources pointed to an imminent crisis that the president has not denied.

“It is not a priority,” he said last week. Government sources point to the month of September as a possibility to undertake the changes that have the ministers concerned about the depth of the crisis; but everything is pools.