The Valencian Courts will reopen next Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23, with the activation of the permanent deputation for the appearances of the ‘president’ of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and the ministers of Inclusive Policies, Mónica Oltra, and Health, Ana Barceló, to account for the management of the coronavirus.
This has been agreed by the board of trustees, meeting this Friday electronically, which has set the start of appearances on Wednesday at ten in the morning, which will start Puig, who will be followed by Oltra and Barceló. Given that the duration is expected to last several hours, the session will continue on Thursday with the debate for the validation of two decree-laws of the Consell on economy and education, pending a third for another session, to be decided at another meeting to celebrate the 28th.
It will be a permanent “important” deputation, of control and validation of decrees. “We are gradually recovering the necessary normality in our lives, companies and institutions,” said the ‘president’ of Les Corts, Enric Morera.
The session will follow the security protocol agreed a month ago, with which only participating deputies will be able to physically access. People at risk and journalists can follow it electronically.
At noon on the 22nd, Les Corts will keep three minutes of silence in memory of all the victims of Covid-19, in line with the day of mourning decreed by the Consell for this Sunday, after which the flags will fly at half-staff.
At this meeting the representatives of the groups have also unanimously agreed to waive part of the salary, compensation for exercising the function, to fight against the Covid-19 so that it will return to public coffers or be donated to entities and associations to pursue that end.
After the meeting, the socialist spokesman, Manolo Mata, stressed that Les Corts “do not stop working, at the moment it is the Parliament of Spain that is providing more information” and explained that the session on the 22nd is expected to last 6 hours, while on Thursday the decrees will be debated: “The weather is purposeful and we continue to try to return to our functions as quickly as possible.”
On behalf of Compromís, its spokesperson, Fran Ferri, has advanced that in the next week’s session two “very important” decrees for the educational and cultural sector will be debated. “Les Corts continue working to improve the lives of Valencians,” he reiterated.
And from Unides Podem, Naiara Davo highlighted the unanimous agreement to resign part of the salary and also pointed out that her group has a “clear commitment to the reconstruction” of the region through axes: relocation of the industry, recovery of strategic sectors and reinforcement of self-government.
On the part of the opposition, the ‘popular’ Isabel Bonig has stressed the need for plenary sessions to control the Consell and for the commissions that have the most relationship with the Covid-19 to meet, such as health, education, social policy or finance . In addition, he has underlined the unanimity so that the deputies resign part of their salary but he regretted that the Botànic has rejected that Puig, the members of his Consell and their high positions are urged to adopt a similar agreement and also allocate part of your salary for social purposes.
De Cs, his trustee, Toni Cantó, has defended that “it was time” for the opposition to exercise its control and that it is “more than opportune” that the extra bonus be used to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on the Valencian society, especially to the purchase of material. “The political class must set an example right now,” he claimed.
Vox spokeswoman Ana Vega thanked Sunday’s mourning day for “paying respect and publicly expressing pain and regret at the loss of family and loved ones.” “We have to pay them a heartfelt tribute of silence in each of our performances. We cannot forget them,” he said.