There will be no tax reform next year. Pedro Sánchez has once again closed the door for the commitments regarding tax review in Spain to be carried out in the coming months with the approval of the General State Budgets of 2022 that the president plans to have ready in “time and form” so that the Courts give them the go-ahead at the end of the year and enter into force on January 1, 2022. “We are not going to open a review of the fiscal model in the 2022 budgets, which is pending, but not for next year “Sánchez has made clear in an appearance with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, in Moncloa.
The Ministry of Finance has already begun to work internally on the preparation of public accounts for next year. However, the government’s ambitious fiscal plan, which is committed to improving the progressiveness of the system and raising income through taxation given that Spain is seven points below the European average, will have to wait at least until the following year. The department of María Jesús Montero has given a margin until February to the committee of experts that prepares the recommendations on this reform.
Sánchez explained that the tax reform is parked because the Government’s objective is “to recover the economy, get out of it, overcome the pandemic, modernize the economy with European funds.” “That is the roadmap that the Government has,” said the president, who has ensured, however, that economic data improve “every week.” Thus, he has applauded the Social Security affiliation data, which stands at 19.5 million people, and which already reaches figures similar to those before the pandemic. However, it aims to “solidify” that trend before making major changes to the system.
However, Sánchez has taken advantage of his appearance to applaud the decision of the OECD, which represents the main world economies, to introduce a minimum rate of 15% to companies. “We are pleased that the OECD has reached this important agreement in the debate on global taxation to avoid these fiscal dumping that we are suffering,” he asserted.
The president also celebrated the rectification of the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, who this Thursday within the framework of the signs an agreement for pensions with the social partners suggested that the ‘baby boom’ generation, born between the mid-50s and 70s, have to choose between a “small adjustment” in your pension or “work more”. Escrivá himself has said that it was about “reflections”. Asked about this controversy, the president wanted to “vindicate” the work of the head of Social Security and highlighted the “significance” of the agreement reached that follows the “unanimous” recommendations of the Toledo Pact, such as the evolution of pensions according to the CPI . “I want to refer to the words of the minister [que ha rectificado este viernes]They have been eloquent. The form, the method, is the social dialogue, “concluded Sánchez, who has pointed in that direction of work for” the next few months. ”
Sánchez has reiterated his message about Catalonia by calling on the Generalitat to “speak with the other part of Catalonia, which is not a minor, which does not share its independence agenda.” “We need each other. It is the great lesson we have to draw from the pandemic. If we need each other and we want to have everyone, the Government also has to count on the entire Catalan society, the independentist and the non-independentist and that is where I I believe that we will be able to find, I am convinced, points to advance in the coming months and in the coming years, “he explained.
Sánchez has received important support from the UN Secretary General in his policy of détente in Catalonia. Asked about the pardons, Guterres began by saying that it is not up to the United Nations Secretary General to “comment on the internal political issues of the member states”, but then he pointed out that there is an “essential global principle” and that is that “all problems they have to be solved politically and that dialogue is an essential tool for solving problems. ” “The creation of conditions so that dialogue can bear fruit is always something very important in our societies,” Guterres concluded along the same lines as the Government that the pardons have removed an “obstacle” to start a “new stage” in the relationship of Catalonia with the State.
Another of the issues on which Guterres has spoken has been the vacancy since 2019 of the UN special envoy for the resolution of the conflict in the Sahara, a position that he has recognized as “essential” to “relaunch the political dialogue.” The international president recalled that the proposals that have been made so far have not had the consensus of the parties, which has ensured that it is important. “I hope that the next candidate is well received by both parties,” he said without specifying when a new proposal will be made.
Until May 2019 the manager was the German Horst Koehler, who resigned citing health reasons. Under his mandate, the Government of Morocco and the Polisario Front, which controls the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), resumed contacts, but the situation remains stagnant today and with the parties as far apart as in the last three decades. . Morocco also saw its position strengthened after the US in the mandate of Donald Trump recognized sovereignty over Western Sahara, a decision that Joe Biden has not corrected. The United Nations, however, recognizes it as a non-autonomous territory and in its resolutions it is committed to a referendum of self-determination of the Saharawi people.