The Government assumes that it has sufficient support to carry out the General State Budgets of 2021 as well as for the six-month extension of the state of alarm that the Council of Ministers approved this Tuesday. “If we bring the Budget, it is because we understand that it has enough support to see the light and, if we bring the alarm decree, it is because we understand that it can see the light,” said the spokeswoman, María Jesús Montero, in the subsequent press conference to the cabinet meeting. However, he has recognized that he has to be “prudent” because on other occasions the “committed” support has failed at the last minute, as he explained.
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Pedro Sánchez has finally prioritized the groups that supported the investiture in the negotiation of public accounts for the next fiscal year. Despite the fact that most of them have acknowledged that the “music” of the draft sounds good, they have not given their explicit support while waiting to see the fine print and for the negotiation to continue. Even so, the Minister of Finance, who has always defended that she would not bring the accounts to Congress until she has guaranteed that they go ahead, has taken for granted that she has sufficient support. “They have broad support to be processed,” he added.
As for the extension of the state of alarm, Montero has pointed in the same direction. Although the president expressed on Sunday his intention that the extension of the state of alarm would have the “overwhelming support” of Congress, the Government’s intention is for it to be extended directly until May 9, despite the fact that a good part of the parliamentary groups, among them the PP, Ciudadanos, ERC or EH Bildu, consider that it is an “excessive” term for it to be in force without submitting to parliamentary control. Montero has defended that this decree is “different” from the one that was in force in spring and has considered that they are the regional presidents -who will be able to decide whether or not to apply the restrictions depending on the situation of the pandemic in each territory- who will have to render accounts to the regional parliaments.
“It is each of the regional presidents who dictate the measures so that we stop the outbreaks that may occur,” defended the spokesperson for the Executive, who maintains that they are the ones who “will give due response in the regional parliaments so that there is a control exhaustive for what they are dictating. ” “It does not make sense for the President of the Government to do so since if they do not undertake any measure there is no type of restriction,” he said.
This time, the decree of the state of alarm empowers regional leaders, as competent authorities, to activate a series of mobility restriction measures –curfew, limitation of people in social gatherings or perimeter closures-, but they are not executed immediately. “The state of alarm that we propose by itself does not contemplate any type of restriction,” said Montero, who recalled that the regional presidents requested it “overwhelmingly” in order to “dictate the measures that correspond to the pandemic situation.”
That is one of the arguments that he has used to defend that it is not Pedro Sánchez but Salvador Illa who goes to Congress to request authorization for the extension of the state of alarm. The other is that the president will participate in a video conference of the European Council called to address issues related to the pandemic. “The president on Thursday participates in a videoconference with the rest of the leaders to analyze the situation of the obligatory pandemic,” Montero said. However, the plenary session begins at 9 in the morning – the debate usually lasts five or six hours – and the European Council does not take place until 18:30.
Montero has insisted on the defense that the state of alarm continues for six months, which is what the Council of Ministers has approved and will need the endorsement of Parliament, so that “communities can have a certain predictability of the actions, which on the other hand, they will be agreed within the framework of the Interterritorial Health Council “. It also maintains that this tool contained in article 116 of the Constitution is more “guaranteeing” when it comes to limiting fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens than the formula that other parties, such as the PP, bet on to reform the ordinary health legislation in the fight against the pandemic.
“We will continue to dialogue until we are exhausted on the occasion of Budgets, the state of alarm and the laws,” Montero said. However, it has made clear the will of the Government to maintain the six months of exceptionality continuously: “If an alarm decree is promoted, we understand that it will have the necessary support.”