The government has successfully issued the three decrees with economic measures to fight the coronavirus. Although almost all the groups have requested more measures from the Executive, the great point of confrontation has been brought out by PP, Vox and Ciudadanos by criticizing that one of the decrees includes an additional provision that modifies the regulatory law of the National Intelligence Center (CNI) to allow the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, to sit on the delegate commission for Intelligence Affairs, the government body that controls Spanish espionage. The provision also includes Iván Redondo, head of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Government, but the conservative political groups only focused their criticism on the leader of United Podemos.
“Democratic anomaly”, “an outburst” or “a legal offense” were some of the ways in which the right-wing deputies qualified that it be included in Decree 8/2020 that Vice President Iglesias has access to the state secrets of the CNI. Without this shock point, with the only request for more measures to be included, the vice president of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, has defended this Wednesday before the House of Congress with ease the economic management of the Government to fight the crisis caused by the epidemic and has achieved the validation of the three statutory decrees approved by the Executive of Pedro Sánchez to face the effects of the health emergency due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The vice president has reiterated that the three decrees represent “the mobilization of additional public spending, liquidity and guarantees of more than 100,000 million euros, to inject into the economy and mobilize, together with the financial sector, up to 200,000 million euros, almost a 20% of our Gross Domestic Product “with the aim of” overcoming an exceptional and transitory crisis “.
Calviño has insisted that the measures included in the decree will be followed by others – “we will continue to act when necessary, where necessary and doing what is necessary to tackle the health crisis, protect citizens and ensure that the economy maintains a base solid on which to recover quickly “- and then make a request for loyalty and collaboration with the opposition parties:” Tomorrow depends on everyone. On how we row together depends on how and when we will arrive in port after the storm ” .
Faced with this speech, the PP has pointed out that they will support the three decree but has criticized the delay in the Government’s action or the 8M demonstration, a criticism that the socialist deputy Rafael Simancas has censured him by reminding him that his party also participated in the manifestation. The popular deputy Mario Garcés reproached the lack of concretion in the economic measures and has requested that the taxes to the companies be lowered and the quotas to the self-employed be eliminated. For his part, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, deputy of Vox, has pointed out, after assuring that “the recession was already at the gates” of the Spanish economy without the arrival of the coronavirus, that a tax reduction package for companies is necessary and citizens. The deputy from the far-right formation specified that they would support all the decrees except the one that included the provision related to Vice President Pablo Iglesias.
On the other side, the ERC deputy, Gabriel Rufián, recalled that as public officials “our duty is to protect people from eviction, dismissal or misery” because “if families are dropped there will be no country to raise. ” After this introduction, it has proposed a series of measures that ranged from the urgent suspension of rent payment to the most vulnerable groups, with compensation to small landowners to the suspension of basic service payments such as electricity, water and gas during the state of alarm, passing by the prohibition of layoffs or an extraordinary and temporary tax “on digital intermediary distribution companies that have seen their business as Glovo increase”.
Citizen deputy María Muñoz recalled that her training has always been loyal to the Government in all the measures it has taken to fight the pandemic, but I raise “that it is not doing well with the self-employed for whom it requested the elimination temporary fee.
Both ERC, Bildu, the Galego Nationalist Bloc and the CUP brought up the financial rescue of the 2008 crisis by asking financial institutions to return the public money (more than 64,000 million) that saved the Spanish banking system and also that the Casa Real cut his annual budget and have Philip VI return the money his father had received from commissions in Saudi Arabia that he had hidden in Swiss accounts.