The decree of the rents of Pedro Sánchez it has been validated to the second. The first attempt to establish a new regulation of housing to lower incomes failed due to the opposition of Podemos. The second attempt has prospered today thanks to the vote in favor that the PNV has given at the last minute in the Permanent Deputation.
Thus the decree of housing has been validated by 31 votes against, those of PP and Citizens, and 33 in favor, those of the PSOE, Podemos, PNV, ERC, PDECat and Bildu, in the Permanent Deputation.
Return to the regulation of Rajoy
In this way, the rental contracts will last five years - seven for landlords that are legal entities - instead of three years as was the case with the previous legislation of Mariano Rajoy. The Executive issued a decree in that sense in January, but it failed to validate it, because Podemos considered it insufficient and voted against it.
The Ministry of Development, José Luis Ábalos, then began to negotiate the issue again and drafted an alternative decree, which did convince the Pablo Iglesias. Now it has been the decisive vote of the PNV that has enabled this new regulation to be maintained. "This decree does not address the most important causes of the scarcity and scarcity of the rental sector," said the deputy penuvista Mikel Legarda during the debate in the Permanent Deputation.
But despite this opposition, the PNV has voted in favor of the decree for issues that go beyond purely technical ones. There have been political causes that have determined the vote of the PNV. It is already tomorrow, before entering the meeting of the Permanent Deputation, the spokesman of the PNV in the Congress, Aitor Esteban, has explained that his training does not see with good eyes that the Government dedicates itself to dictate social decrees now, in electoral period, when it has had months to do it before the convocation of the elections.
In addition, Esteban considers that the Government has not been able to obtain the support of the PNV because it has offered it in a closed text with no margin for negotiation. But the truth is that negotiations have been, although not on the regulation of rents. The PNV has tried until the last moment that the Government materializes a series of transfers in favor of the Basque Country in matters as varied as pharmaceutical products, school insurance, Renfe commuter trains or technological innovation.
Balance of power
These transfers must have arrived on time and, therefore, the PNV has wanted to show the Government the importance of its vote in a Permanent Deputation, the guardian body in Congress when the Cortes are dissolved, where the forces are very balanced. The PP has 26 deputies and Citizens, six, which adds 32 seats. On the other side of the small chamber, the 15 deputies of the PSOE, the 13 de Podemos, the two de ERC, the PDECat, the PNV and the last of Bildu sit. In total, 33 representatives for the block of the motion of censure.
The PNV has had another reason to put pressure on the government, a motive for internal consumption in the Basque electoral campaign. And, because the forces are so balanced in the Permanent Deputation, there has been much talk in recent days about the decisiveness of the vote of the Deputy of Bildu, the great rival of the PNV in the Basque Country. The Penteuvians have kept their vote secret until the last moment and have wanted to make it clear that it is theirs, and not Bildu's, the decisive vote.
Processing as law in record time
In the session of the Permanent Delegation of today, five decrees of the Government of Sanchez, which have passed the examination without problems, have also been submitted to validation. The decree of Equality that includes that the permission of paternity happens to be of eight weeks has been covered by the block of the motion of censorship and by Citizens.
The decrees that refer to the Brexit measures, the fight against precarious work, the adaptation of the temporary work companies to the port stowage and the relative surplus of the autonomous communities and the local entities. Some of them could have been processed as ordinary laws in a record time before May 20, date of constitution of the new Cortes resulting from the April 28 elections.