PP’s Boycott Saves Audiovisual Law, PSOE and United We Can Divide and Partners Rebel


Filmmaker Fernando Colomo protesting against the law in Madrid.
Filmmaker Fernando Colomo protesting against the law in Madrid.Xavier LizzyEFE
  • manifest Almodóvar, Rezin and Paco Lane Signed Against PSOE Audiovisual Law
  • to oppose Against independent cinema, audiovisual law: “Government can put us to death”

Another heart attack vote. Now for the audiovisual law. Another time is when the government ends up in a conflict with its allies, and on occasion too, because PSOE and United We Can be split with one vote in favor and one vote, respectively, despite the fact that this is a rule. That is sponsored by the Executive itself.

Thus, the boycott of the PP has been decisive for the executive to dodge a bullet and get Congress to approve the audiovisual law. However, this numerical victory has consequences for PSOE as it has opened up another new crisis with its allies from the ERC and EH Buildu, with whom the trust wears off day by day. Pegasus Caseand internal trauma in alliance with United We Can.

This is clarified in the vote: 130 session (PSOE, PNV, CC, NC, PRC), 83 noes (Vox, ERC, EH Bildu, Junts, Ms Pas, PDeCAT) and 131 abstinence (PP, United We Can, Citizens).

The turning point that has put Ideal in a serious bind and left it in the hands of PP occurred at the end of its processing, when PSOE introduced a last-minute amendment that put production companies and the world at war. Footboard. More than 350 directors, independent producers and actors have signed a manifesto of cinema, in which Pedro Almodóvar, paco lane, iqar bolan hey Antonio Resene to the head He claims that changing one word will help large corporations (atresmedia You mediaset) reach the quota reserved for independent production, which puts the sector at risk of “death”.

That amendment has “dynamically”, in the words of the ERC, an agreement between the government and its investment partners and prompted many of them to vote in favor of the vote to be passed in a matter of hours. Is. Basic lesson. Among them is United We Can, which it says will serve the interests of the “elite of the big four television”.

The agreement was achieved after tortuous negotiations dated last autumn, when the ERC and EH Buildau forced the government to accede to certain demands in the said law in order to approve the general state budget. Demands, in short, try to adapt productions on the major audiovisual platforms (Netflix, HBO Max or Disney+) in co-official languages ​​(Catalan, Basque and Galician).

It is the second time this month that the PP defends a fundamental law for the government from being overthrown by its own parliamentary allies. Now the audiovisual law is gone thanks to an abstinence, but so did the national security law on May 2 when it voted against an amendment in its entirety submitted by the ERC. Similarly, the PP also recently helped the executive when it voted against creating an inquiry commission on Pegasus Case,

Audiovisual legislation, which is intended to replace a European directive and which the government seeks to take advantage of to turn Spain into a European “hub” for audiovisual production, now goes to the Senate, where members of the executive will continue to press On the issue of independent producers. To this end, he has the support of United We Can, which joins the ERC and EH Buildu’s latest efforts to reverse the controversial change.

These parties blame PSOE for “distorting” the definition of an independent producer, a context in which television stations are required by law to invest 5% of their income in that sector. With the change, they are condemned, compared with larger companies and their existence is put at risk as it fosters greater concentration around Atresmedia and Mediaset.

These complaints are being supported in Spain by well-known directors and actors from the world of cinema, many of whom have generally been implicated in the socialist sphere, who have strongly criticized the situation.

Sensing the uproar, the PSOE has opened the door for changes in the Senate this Thursday to calm the storm.

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