The Spanish consensus is possible in a WhatsApp group. The one that Marta Rivera de la Cruz (Citizens), Emilio Del Río (PP), José Andrés Torres Mora (PSOE) and Eduardo Maura (Podemos), put together two years ago, when things for culture were very hard. The four deputies united to row in favor of the battered intellectual property and this Thursday they will get their plans, their pacts and their dialogue to come together in the approval of the (almost) definitive reform of the Intellectual Property Law (LPI). Is a democratic landmark in a legislature as brief as anger.
We have learned to be together and to live together, but above all, we have learned to agree between groups and between people
These four deputies have worked the miracle of understanding each other without scarcely any cracks. The four managed to approve, in full motion of censure, the Statute of the Artist, to improve the working life of cultural workers in 75 measures, althoughis pending. They say that, in their talks at the cafeteria, the companions looked at them as if they were beings from another galaxy. "We have learned to be together and to live together, but above all, we have learned to make agreements between groups and between people. And this is an exercise in the will of empathy. Put ourselves in the place of the other to move forward, "says Eduardo Maura before the unanimous approval of the Intellectual Property Law, an extraordinary event these days.
In these poisoned times of democracy have closed ranks around a favorable and unanimous vote for a law that was dying since its approval in 2015, when it came forward thanks to the absolute majority of the PP, and all the opposition against. The rule was born with a tare and had to be reformed in a year maximum. But they have become four.
Convincing, not winning
After a long struggle to make the creators' rights coincide with those of the consumers, without forgetting the interests of the technological ones, can we already say that the culture tames the beasts (of the Congress)? "The four of us have moved ahead of the politics of this country, which will have to follow the example we have set. A way of convincing and not overcoming, of dialogue and respect, because it gives its favorable fruits to society ", says Torres Mora, who praises his traveling companions. This Thursday they will be fired as a working group after the vote.
The four of us have moved ahead of the politics of this country, which will have to follow the example we have set
Maura gives more value to the solution that they have given to the sector, than to the image that they have transmitted to the rest of deputies. "Strength is not measured in the consensus, but in the amount of conflicts that we have been able to process. It is much more important to demonstrate how much conflict you are able to process. This is very productive, "he says. "The key has been the desire to work." The quotes are by Marta Rivera de la Cruz. The spokesperson for Culture of Citizens and president of the Culture Committee of Congress assures that the work was above ideology. "This pact outside of culture is more difficult. That is why we have tried to avoid talking about politics among ourselves, "he says.
Union make force
All agree that listening to the experiences advocated by the sector, when they launched the Statute of the Artist, was decisive in the union. But Rivera de la Cruz recalls a fact that marked the way: two months after the start of Mariano Rajoy's last term as president, the four met during a visit to the National Library. Ana Santos, the director, told them that the facade was in very bad condition, with the risk of landslides. They needed a budget close to two million euros and Culture did not have the slack to cover it. So they decided to go to the four to visit the Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, very close to cultural interests. "He told us that the ministry would be occupied," recalls Rivera de la Cruz. Today the facade is healthy.
This pact outside of culture is more difficult. That is why we have tried to avoid talking about politics among ourselves
Emilio del Río is very proud to have reached consensus in full motion of censure against Rajoy. "We closed the Statute of the Artist unanimously," he says. "For the PP, culture is one of the essential pillars of the nation, therefore, it is something that must be protected and encouraged, it is a basic element of the unity of Spain, so we must seek consensus in the culture. Culture is a priority in freedom and unity, "says the philologist and cultural spokesman for his party in Congress.
Torres Mora, faithful to his veteran parliamentary rhetoric, sums it up in one sentence: "In this unlikely legislature we have done something even more improbable: to make a deliberative democracy." For the deputy and university professor of Sociology, it is very singular that a group of people has overcome the political situation to work in honor of the objective. "Our meetings in the cafeteria became part of the landscape. We were at our best and we defended ourselves among ourselves. They have been days of ten hours of meeting, with the lawyer Astarloa as an accomplice. In my parliamentary life [15 años] it has been my best political experience, of dialogue and respect, "he adds. Maura, who will not repeat the next term, agrees: "What has been important is the trip. We have made a common path that has been fruitful to make the sector sustainable ".