Tuesday, March 28

The Government will add the name of Almudena Grandes to the Atocha station in Madrid

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, has announced that the Atocha Station is going to be renamed Atocha Almudena Grandes. The measure is part of the Executive’s decision to give “a woman’s name to the main railway stations” in the country, according to what she has indicated in an informative meeting organized by Europa Press.

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The first step will be the Atocha station, which will bear the name of the writer who died last year.

At the moment there is no date for the change. “We will start the process, a series of procedures have to be done but I trust it will be this year”, Raquel Sánchez indicated. “We are going to work on it, we have thought that it would be a good way to make visible the commitment that the Government has with equality and gender policies”, he has indicated regarding which will be the following cities, but they will be names that history has not made visible.

A new “constitutionally irreproachable” Housing Law

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, has also highlighted in this meeting the relevance of the new Housing Law, which has just begun its parliamentary process.

“The Law is constitutionally irreproachable, because it allows the communities to choose whether or not to apply the measures”, which it contains, has indicated regarding the rejection of the text that political groups such as PP or PNV have already expressed.

The new regulation, Sánchez has indicated, is necessary, among other aspects because “the market has been incapable of providing solutions” and because “speculation has run rampant”.

“The law comes to correct” these deficiencies and “give security to both owners and tenants,” he has broken down.

Regarding the response from the autonomous governments presided over by the PP, such as Madrid or Andalusia, Sánchez acknowledges that “he has not been surprised by the reaction of the right, because he has always opposed all social advances”, among which he has citing the recent labor reform.

He has also indicated that he is “revolted” by valuations by politicians -in reference to the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso- who describe the tenants as “squatters, defaulters or vandals”.

Politicians who, at the same time, say that “they are not going to apply the law” when they pass laws to “promote birth rates when many of those citizens do not have a house in which to raise their children”

Regarding the housing measures already underway, Sánchez indicated that this Wednesday the Ministry has approved the distribution of 500 million euros to autonomous communities, Ceuta and Melilla for the construction of social rental housing. A figure that is half of the European funds approved for this matter.