The first vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, has defended this Monday the Government's decision to request Congress to extend the state of alarm by territory, depending on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, and which will cover until at least the end of June with the aim of giving tourism and business "a road map" to get out of this crisis.
Faced with the hitherto bi-weekly extensions, President Pedro Sánchez advanced his idea of the next expansion to be "about a month" this Saturday, coinciding with the end of the four phases of the de-escalation.
During his initial intervention in the Constitutional Commission of Congress, Calvo has not detailed what the proposal of the Council of Ministers will be, but he has defended this change, alleging that, once the pandemic data is subsided, the social and business world needs to have some horizons on which to move and know that this extension ends "at the end of June" to start "reacting".
FLEXIBLE AND GRADUAL
Calvo has confirmed that the Executive aspires that this is the last extension of the state of alarm, has reiterated that it will be flexible and that it can be raised by territories due to the pandemic, and has expressed his wish that, from there , the exit from the crisis can be planned as soon as possible "for the good of the economy".
At this point, he has appealed to the Commission for Social and Economic Reconstruction that has opened in Congress to debate future proposals after the end of the epidemic conclude "in the first days of July" with a "great agreement" that allow "quick" decisions to be made to overcome the consequences of this crisis "as soon as possible".
As explained, it will be an extension "radically different" from the previous ones because it intends to accompany the de-escalation in its four phases until the end, because it will be limited to the health field, while the only competent authority will be the minister of the branch, Salvador Illa, and because it will be "gradual". Furthermore, Calvo has indicated that they will propose lifting the state of alarm in those territories that are advancing "rapidly".
In any case, it has justified the extension of the state of alarm in the responsibility of the Government of the PSOE and United We can have "the last control" on the epidemic but only on a "preventive" and "sanitary" basis to ensure that "there is no point of no return".
In the reply, he insisted that the return to normality will not be the same for all the territories, that some will arrive before others, and that some "will have to stay longer than they think" in one phase or another.
In this context in which the evaluation is seen "day by day", the Government considers it essential to keep the state of alarm in force in order to act in the event of a pandemic outbreak, since it is the only instrument that prevents the displacement of the citizens. "It is not capricious," he remarked.
PROPORTIONAL USE OF THE STATE OF ALARM
In any case, Calvo has defended the "proportional" use of the constitutional figure of the state of alarm with which, as he wanted to make clear, the right has not been suspended but limited, and in which the powers have "never" been collected. to the autonomous communities. "The great obligation of the Government was to have an equal response for all autonomies," he added.
During her initial presentation, the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory has defended the Government's action since the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alarm in February about the evolution of Covid-19 against an "unknown" health crisis on which "there was no precedent or reference" on which to lean.
And it has done so to emphasize once again that the Government decreed the state of alarm for being the "most guaranteed" instrument of the Spanish legal system and the only one that needed the authorization of Congress. "
"We have chosen the most democratic and most guaranteeful path," Calvo said, presuming that there were no other countries in our environment that have submitted to parliamentary control as the Spanish Executive has done, having declared a state of alarm.