Monday, January 17

The Government hopes to approve the Budgets “in a timely manner” despite the ERC amendments

“The Budgets continue to be processed and we move forward with the idea of ​​having them approved in a timely manner.” With these words, the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, responded this Friday at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, when asked about the amendments to the new accounts registered yesterday by ERC in the Senate, in the absence of agreement with the Executive about the Audiovisual Law. “Progress is being made,” sources from the Executive insisted, asked about the negotiation of this law.

ERC rules out knocking down the Budgets in the Senate

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“Yesterday the vetoes were lifted in the Senate,” Rodríguez stressed. “We celebrate that the budgets are still being processed and Spain will have budgets that will give confidence to the country,” he added. In his opinion, the Government works for “stability”, which implies approving “Budgets in a timely manner” and maintaining “four-year legislatures.”

During the appearance, Rodríguez has shown his “confidence in the negotiation” with ERC by the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, although he has slipped that they do not fear that the Republican formation is going to knock down the accounts because “the Budgets” follow their journey “in the parliamentary process, in this case in the Senate.

Rodríguez has intervened in Moncloa together with the First Vice President and Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, who has been repeatedly asked precisely about the negotiations with ERC on the Audiovisual Law, the main obstacle to the final agreement between the Government and the republican formation.

Calviño has limited himself to ensuring that it is “a project that modernizes the applicable regulations” and that “promotes Spain as an audiovisual hub”. “It is a negotiation that is moving forward and is underway,” he said about ERC, before demanding a “balance” between the impulse of the Spanish audiovisual sector and ERC’s demands on co-official languages. “We are absolutely committed to promoting co-official languages,” the minister wanted to emphasize.

Yolanda Díaz’s visit to the Pope

Calviño has also spoken about Yolanda Díaz’s visit to the Pope, scheduled for tomorrow: “I have been twice, these visits are normal,” he said, surprising with those words at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, after that during the appearance of the spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, the journalists asked her about the controversy that the announcement of the visit of the second vice president has raised.

“It never ceases to amaze me that even the church is a reason to oppose,” Rodríguez stressed for his part, given the criticism that the PP has launched against Díaz for going to see the Pope. She has also placed the visit in the “sphere of institutional normality” and has questioned “that the PP dares to use the Catholic Church to oppose” the Government.