The last tab of the remodeling of the Government caused by the departure of Pablo Iglesias to face Isabel Díaz Ayuso in the elections in Madrid on May 4 it already has a name. The secretary general of the PCE, Enrique Santiago, will be the new secretary of state for the 2030 Agenda, as confirmed by elDiario.es. Santiago will be appointed to the post by the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, who will take office in the next few hours to replace Iglesias. Belarra occupied precisely the position that Santiago will now assume on the side of the Executive that corresponds to United We Can.
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Enrique Santiago (Madrid, 1964) is the current deputy spokesperson for United We Can in Congress, and is currently focused on the investigative commission of Luis Bárcenas’ political espionage. From his interrogation, the retired commissioner Miguel Ángel Bayo, a collaborator of the head of the political brigade, Eugenio Pino, has resulted in a complaint for false testimony against the former police officer.
Santiago is one of the main people in charge of the confederal group’s parliamentary action, especially in legal matters and those related to internal politics. In fact, Santiago is a lawyer by profession and has on his resume having participated with other members of Izquierda Unida in the popular accusation precisely in the case of the Bárcenas papers that managed to keep the case alive.
The IU leader, whose leadership he has been a regular part of in recent years, also stood out for his role in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the guerrillas that put an end to part of the civil war that devastated the country Latin American for decades. Before that he was a member of the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR).
In 2004 he was about to be elected IU coordinator, but finally Gaspar Llamazares won the day in a very controversial process from which the organization took years to recover. In that Assembly he had the support of the PCE and the UJCE, the Youth of the party. At that time some of the current leaders of Podemos and IU were active there, with whom he has a very good relationship and even some ancestry.
With whom he maintains a very good relationship, both professionally and personally, is with the Minister of Labor and the upcoming third vice president, Yolanda Díaz. In fact, Díaz maintains membership only in the PCE, party of which Santiago is Secretary General since 2018. In the recent XII Federal Assembly of IU he has been part of the candidacy headed by Alberto Garzón, who has been re-elected. He will be responsible for the State, Justice and Interior Model in the new executive of Garzón.
Enrique Santiago will thus assume the Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, focused on the fulfillment of the so-called Sustainable Development Goals defined by the UN and that the signatory countries have committed to launch precisely in 2030. They are objectives that pursue equality between people, protect the planet and ensure prosperity as part of a new sustainable development agenda.
From United We Can defend the incorporation and believe that “it reinforces the commitment to comply with the Government agreement”, which is one of the doubts generated by the departure of Churches from the Government and a transfer of powers that is not yet fully closed.
The arrival of Santiago to the Executive opens another unknown: the reorganization of the parliamentary group, where a new deputy spokesperson must be appointed. The secretary general will leave not only a nominal gap since almost no one in the confederal group hides that he is one of the deputies who has thrown the parliamentary work on his back in the two long years of the legislature already completed.