At present, the priority on the executive is the economic agenda, measures that re-energize growth and attract investment.
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The economic crisis escalating from the war in Ukraine has disrupted the government’s plans. La Moncloa’s approach was to manage European funds within the framework of what was now full development and recovery. There is a delay in that scenario. And with that, the legislative agenda is rebalanced. Social measures are important in the portfolio, but the priority in the executive is the economic agenda, measures that reactivate growth and attract investment. Also the logic with which to turn the page on the crisis of Pegasus and the CNI, which has shaken not only the regime, but also the government, with an internal crisis.
For this reason, in the socialist sphere of government, United We Can’s attitude with abortion legislation was very troubling because, in addition to having economic implications, they understood that the focus was shifted from priority and was a political and partisan one. The measure was used that must be approved by the full Council of Ministers.
This claim to put the economy in the foreground is exemplified by the approval of a mechanism to cap the price of natural gas to reduce electricity bills. or the Emir of Qatar, with state visits on Tuesday and Wednesday, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, According to the Efe report quoting official Qatari sources, there will be a big announcement in this visit.
or with the week in which there is a delegation of members motion picture association (MPa) of America and other top-tier US audiovisual platforms and companies to learn about the opportunities offered by the Spanish audiovisual ecosystem. A commercial mission consisting of five ministries with the aim of transforming Spain into one hub audiovisual. Or the announcement of a 1800 million agri-food lease to honor the rural world.
These are examples that show the government has its radar set: the economy. It is true that the PSOE does not want to set aside most social and ideological laws, as they argue that the triumph of rights and freedoms is a sign of socialist authorities. He remembers gay marriage, abortion, euthanasia … but the efforts are focused on the economy, in fact, it will appear with the participation of Pedro Sánchez. Davos Economic Forum, late May. As such, it is also trying to counteract the economic discourse that the PP has been opposing, and with which it has managed to compromise, for example, the debate on taxes, which makes the executive uncomfortable.
Also, at a crucial point in the legislature, where the Pegasus spying case has caused concern not only with governance partners, but also within the executive, Sanchez does not want internal noise. And most social laws, which are promoted from certain departments of United We Can, are points of friction, of shock. This coincided with the abortion law promoted by Igualdad, which angered PSOE’s economic ministries for announcing the jump to the Council of Ministers without reaching an internal agreement on issues such as loss or claims due to menstruation. Elimination of VAT on feminine hygiene products.
When La Moncloa, especially in recent months, seeks to gain muscle from its management, it has been linked to economic initiatives: labor reform, pension legislation, increased scholarship, housing legislation, vocational training, improved employment. Improving competence of youngest, increase in interprofessional minimum wage, ERTE…
We will once again do everything in our power to protect economic growth, to reduce the economic effects of the war, and to make fair distribution among the entire population of the economic and social costs of this war, he said just a week ago. Sanchez said. , at the annual meeting of economy cycle, As a synthesis of the pillar of its action.
the new general telecom law, which aims to encourage investment by operators; Promoted startup law in favor of innovative entrepreneurship; Introduced bankruptcy law, to improve insolvency procedures and facilitate the maintenance of viable companies… There are already some economic initiatives in the parliamentary process. Like the audiovisual law, which PSOE expects to be approved soon with the support of the PP, although popularists explain to the newspaper that understanding is far from over at the moment and their support or abstention will depend on the amendments they accept. And those who accept from other groups.
It is not that attention is diverted from the social sphere, but the priority is given to the socioeconomic sphere, negotiations are intensified so that these measures, unlike others, do not stagnate or remain trapped in Congress.
Housing legislation is also pending, while new proposals appear on the horizon, such as scholarship holder laws, conservation laws, income settlements…
Pedro Sánchez is determined to reach the end of the legislature in late 2023, and he knows that a fair share of his chances, and that if he approaches the election with aspirations, are at stake in the economic sector, even more. The scenario with became the reason for the war in Ukraine. And that’s where you want to put your effort in right now.
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