The second meeting of the dialogue table between the Government and the Generalitat is in the air. Although Pedro Sánchez promised to call him again in July, when the health emergency subsided, it is not clear that this meeting will take place. The Executive attributes this to disagreements within the Government and assures that his intention is to resume negotiations with Catalonia, which was one of the commitments acquired with ERC in exchange for his abstention in the investiture. The first vice president, Carmen Calvo, has assured that they are waiting for the Catalan Executive to agree.
The government is ruling out for now a change in public health laws to facilitate localized confinements
“We have gone through a state of alarm, it seemed that it was not the right moment, but now we will have to live with political normality and that forces us to sit down at a table,” he said in an interview on Radio Nacional. “The Government of Catalonia has two different parties and we have seen how one of them is in the position to sit down soon, but we have seen a pronouncement in a non-related direction, “said the vice president on the reluctance of Quim Torra.
“When there is an agreement between those parties to sit down, we sit down,” said Calvo. The prospect of the table meeting again in July is increasingly distant. In the Government they believe that the pre-electoral climate in Catalonia in view of the disqualification of the President of the Generalitat, he places ERC and JxCat in complicated positions in the face of actions such as the dialogue table or the approval of the General State Budgets.
Even so, Calvo wanted to make it clear that on a day-to-day basis the relationship with the Generalitat is fluid. Thus, he took advantage of the interview to reveal that this Monday he spoke with the Catalan vice president, Pere Aragonès, about the judicial decision against the confinement in Lleida. He transferred to him, as he explained, that the Government should appeal that order before the Superior Court of Catalonia. The Government maintains that there are currently sufficient “mechanisms” for the autonomous communities to order specific confinements in the event of outbreaks. “I disagree with that interpretation,” Calvo said about the judge’s decision. “The Generalitat should appeal the judicial order because we have seen the opposite order.”
“That order can be appealed to a higher authority to have a pronouncement perhaps in a different line,” said the vice president, who has not clarified, however, if the Government will appeal to the Constitutional Court the decree law approved last night by the Govern to approve confinement in this way. “Yesterday there was the issuance of a norm and in everything that is aligned with their competences there is nothing to say,” explained Calvo, who acknowledged that they have only seen the decree in a “first reading” and that they will now have to analyze it the state legal services.
Calvo has confirmed that it is not for now in the Government’s plan to make a legislative amendment to clarify the different interpretations of possible confinements, despite the fact that it was one of the agreements reached with Ciudadanos in the last extensions of the state of alarm and that Pedro Sánchez communicated to the regional presidents its intention to propose in Congress a reform of health legislation to deal with outbreaks once the epidemiological situation allowed raising the exceptionality.
Calvo has defended that Spain has legal tools to deal with outbreaks. “For what there were no possibilities, it was for the general confinement of Spain,” he said, “but for everyday life, there are instruments.” Thus, he underlined the need to “be constantly expectant and making decisions with the ability to adapt”: “We are after something that is greater than the methodology of politics. Here everything is determined by health protection and it is difficult to have a magic outlet. ” Calvo has assured that the Government has the ability to “react quickly” through law decrees and has left the door open to more substantial modifications: “We have legislation and any scenario of improvement of our legislation also has the Government on the table ”
Asked about the result of the elections in Galicia and the Basque Country, in which the PSOE has stagnated and United We Can has sunk, Calvo has tried to disassociate it from the action of the Executive. “If we have regional elections we have regional elections. The Government did not stand for any elections,” he asserted. “What happens at the party level does not affect the seats that this Government has in Congress.” In addition, Calvo has valued that the PSOE has “grown two seats” in two territories “with a strong nationalist stamp and in an important fief of Mr. Feijóo”.
In the PSOE they admit that they have obtained a bad result and that they have not met the expectations that had been set. In addition, the socialist ranks are concerned that the fall of those of Pablo Iglesias, whose votes have gone to the formations of the nationalist left, has not been capitalized. Still, they believe that the result is due to various reasons, among them the internal situation of the formations in those territories or the candidates themselves, and in the case of United We can indeed accuse the presence in the Government of the “protest vote” that it brought together before, according to socialist sources. Nobody doubts in the party that the coalition is not in danger due to the electoral rampage of United Podemos, although there is a certain fear in the PSOE that Iglesias will harden some of his positions. In any case, the party leadership maintains that it should focus on management and put aside other matters, such as, for example, criticism of journalists for the informative treatment of the ‘Dina case’.