With a slight delay compared to the initially planned plan, the Government has given the green light to the General State Budgets for 2022. The two coalition partners do not hide a certain enthusiasm when approving the accounts with greater investment in social policies and infrastructure of the history, which allows, among other issues, to increase by 46%, for example, the money allocated to housing or to focus on the measures aimed at young people that, as explained by the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, will have 12,550 million to “improve opportunities.” In Moncloa they are convinced that the accounts will be a boost for the coalition once the COVID-19 pandemic is left behind and, although with less pomp than on previous occasions, Pedro Sánchez and the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, have starred in a meeting to institutionalize the agreement. Both parties consider that they are strengthened after intense negotiation.
Minimum pensions, non-contributory pensions and the minimum vital income will increase by 3% in 2022
The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, has assured that the Government “without a doubt comes out stronger” from the budget negotiation, despite the discrepancies that have been aired in recent days. The person responsible for presenting the Budgets has recognized that it is always difficult to negotiate public accounts and that each ministry demands the maximum possible resources to develop its policies. “I had no doubts that in the end there would be an agreement, there would be it soon and we would comply so that on January 1 they enter into force,” he said at the press conference after the extraordinary Council of Ministers.
The second vice president has also avoided the tensions in the negotiations and has limited herself to ensuring that the Government has been “in harmony” between both parties before thanking the teams that have unraveled the proposals of the PSOE and United We Can to close a final text of budgets, addressing directly “the team of the Minister of Finance” and that of the coalition that she leads.
Díaz has emphasized that the accounts will involve “an investment of more than 40,000 million euros”, which will allow “to initiate a change in the production model” to present “a new reality in Spain” and has stressed that for the “first time” it will be overcome ” a figure of 12,000 million euros in transversal policies “. Among the beneficiaries of these policies, the leader of United We Can has cited young people. In his speech he recalled that “the 2,100 million euros for scholarships” will be increased, part of that budget will be used to “facilitate scholarships” so that the youngest of “humble families” can “access the processes of the high institutions of the State”.
Both Montero and the vice president have sent messages to the PP. The head of the Treasury has accused him of being in a campaign of “wear and tear” that, in his opinion, is a bad match with the presentation of public accounts that include record investments. “Anxiety is not good and what this country needs is for the main opposition party to pitch in,” Montero warned, convinced that citizens do not want the opposition to “simply become a whip” but rather to be “useful and constructive”.
Díaz has responded to the words of Pablo Casado, who questioned the youth housing bonus on the grounds that if you have a job you can rent a house, reproaching him for “completely unaware of the Spanish labor market, including the salary structure of his country.”
The second vice president did not want to ignore the meeting held by the popular this weekend either, to emphasize that “in view of the thesis of the destruction of the welfare state” announced by “Married last weekend at his convention”, “the The Government of Spain works to continue strengthening a society that must be more equal and more just. ”
United We Can has defended the feminist perspective of budgets, highlighting that they are “expansive and inclusive” accounts. “Women in Spain advance hand in hand with public policies that are important for our country,” he celebrated. Taking this issue into account, they have also wanted to value advances in dependency, highly feminized care.
The item destined for Dependency will increase by 600 million euros in the next budgets, as confirmed by sources from the Ministry of Social Rights, led by Ione Belarra. Sources from his department emphasize that this section will star in a “historic increase.” “The game is 1,200 million euros, double that in 2020”, they indicate.
The Minister of Finance has admitted that now it is her turn to intensify the conversations with the parliamentary groups, although she has indicated that she has already had contacts, and has indicated the parliamentary forces of the investiture and that they supported the 2021 accounts as a priority in the negotiation while that last year the socialist part of the government tried to join Ciudadanos, despite the reluctance of United We Can and the other left-wing parties. “They are all a priority and hopefully this year, like last, we will have practically all groups except the right-wing forces,” he added.
In any case, he has assured that for now the talks “are proceeding normally” and that some of the ERC and PNV demands, both essential for Congress to approve the budgets, have already been incorporated into the budget project. what he has demanded of them is that “both are reasonable when raising their demands and that they can allow the project to start its processing [superando las enmiendas a la totalidad], and via amendment, the elements that matter to them are incorporated. “Montero has made it clear, of course, that the negotiations will be discreet so that they” lead to a successful conclusion. ”