“From today the Government of recovery begins.” With these words, the Chief Executive, Pedro Sánchez, defended his broad reshaping the coalition government which has been released in a brief institutional statement in Moncloa. Sánchez has stressed that the changes involve “a generational renewal”, since the average age of ministers is reduced from 55 to 50 years. And that “it is going to reinforce the presence of women”, as they go from 54% of the Council of Ministers to 63%.
Sánchez dispenses with his heavyweights in the first major government remodeling
The chief executive has stressed that the new ministers represent “profiles from municipal action” and with “successful” trajectories in their respective professional areas, which is why he has considered that it is the right team to “consolidate the economic recovery, the job creation and managing European funds “. A “modernization and recovery”, he said, “that must be greener and more digital.” “The Government begins a new stage with a great impulse for a recovery that has to be fair, providing youth and closeness,” he has settled.
Sánchez wanted to “sincerely and expressly thank all” the members of the outgoing government because “they have shown a vocation for public service at an extreme moment,” and although he has mentioned the names of the outgoing ministers one by one, he has not expressly cited his hitherto Chief of Staff, Iván Redondo, who leaves the Executive and will be replaced by Óscar López. In any case, the President of the Government has considered necessary the “just recognition of women and men who have left their skin”, alluding to those who until now were his ministers.
In addition, Sánchez wanted to make it clear that “there are 30 months left” for the legislature to conclude, and that “the Government begins a new stage” with a “very important change and rejuvenation” of its activity. “The recovery must be social, digital and green,” he said, in addition to claiming “social dialogue” and “territorial harmony.”
The main changes
At first hour, Sánchez has communicated to the king the new composition of the Executive, as established by law, with some changes that affect important portfolios of the Socialists in the Executive. The first vice president, Carmen Calvo, the secretary of Organization of the PSOE, José Luis Ábalos, and also the president’s chief of staff, Iván Redondo, but it does not affect the five ministries of United We Can, according to Sánchez and the third vice president, Yolanda Díaz, in a conversation this week.
Calvo will be replaced in that position by Félix Bolaños, who until now was Secretary General of the Presidency in Moncloa. Despite being a discreet position, he was involved in major decisions and in coordinating the cabinet that will remain in his hands as the new Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory. Nadia Calviño will be the first vice president, which represents a promotion but also a reinforcement of the economic area at a time when recovery is a priority for Sánchez. Díaz becomes second vice president and Teresa Ribera, third, maintaining her competencies of Work and Ecological Transition, respectively.
The secretary of Organization of the PSOE leaves the Executive, José Luis Ábalos, who leaves the Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda portfolio. He is replaced by the until now mayor of Gavà, Raquel Jiménez. It is not the only young and socialist profile that Sánchez has sought. The councilor of Puertollano, Isabel Rodríguez, will be the new Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function and, as spokesperson, the face of the coalition in the new stage. Miquel Iceta, who joined the Government in February, gives up the position and goes to Culture and Sports, where he replaces José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.
In front of Education and Vocational Training will be the until now Government delegate in Aragon, Pilar Alegría, and Isabel Celaá leaves, who had been in that position since 2018, as well as the head of Science, Pedro Duque, who will be replaced by another mayor, in this case that of Gandía, Diana Morant.
Ander Gil, new president of the Senate
There are also changes in the so-called ministries of state. Sánchez recovers José Manuel Albares, who was his sherpa in the first term and later he appointed him ambassador in Paris, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and dispenses with Arancha González Laya. Just three weeks after granting pardons to the independence leaders, Juan Carlos Campo gives in the witness of Justice to Pilar Llop, which vacates the presidency of the Senate. The current socialist spokesman, Ander Gil, will occupy that position. Fernando Grande-Marlaska and Margarita Robles remain in the Interior and Defense, respectively, and also Reyes Maroto as Minister of Industry and Tourism.