The Spanish government is confident that Brussels will back its budgets

The Spanish government is confident that Brussels will back its budgets

The Spanish government is convinced that Brussels will endorse the draft budgets sent to it this week, as well as that the letter that the European Commission will send tomorrow will only include some demand for technical clarifications and will not alert of any breach.

The exact terms of that letter will be known tomorrow, but the doubts raised about whether there will be any attention from the Commission to the budgets, led the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, to guarantee that what he will demonstrate is that Brussels has more confidence in these accounts of the State than in those presented in recent years by the Executive of Mariano Rajoy.

After his participation in the meeting of the European Council, Sanchez urged to compare that letter with those received by the previous Government in 2016 and 2017.

In that comparison said that it will be "the difference in favor of this year in the confidence in the pro-European position that the Government of Spain has and that is well received and recognized by the community institutions."

In this regard he recalled that yesterday held meetings with the president of the Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, and the Council, Donald Tusk, and the message of both is "very clear of confidence in Spain, in its European commitment and in public accounts presented. "

"That confidence is in. That trust is perceived and this has been made explicit by the community institutions despite the entanglements of the opposition (…) There is a good reception from the European Commission and the community institutions," he added.

Sanchez stressed that his budgets are trying to recover part of the welfare state that he believes was lost in the Mariano Rajoy period at the head of the Government, and with the aim of trying to protect the most can be affected by crises throughout Europe, he proposed a proposal to the EU.

In the meeting of the leaders of the euro area after the European Council proposed the creation of a community system of unemployment insurance that is complementary to those that exist in each country.

This "insurance for citizens" said that it would serve to guarantee adequate protection for those who may be most affected in times of crisis.

Immigration and "brexit" were issues addressed in the two days of the European summit, and Sanchez took the opportunity to praise the "extraordinary work" that Morocco does to stop illegal immigration that aims to reach Europe.

"Morocco is doing an extraordinary job, an extraordinary effort to contain and manage the migratory flows that come from sub-Saharan Africa," he said.

In addition, he guaranteed that this appreciation is shared by all the EU partners and also by the European Commission, to which he thanked his efforts to endow Morocco with economic resources.

Regarding the "Brexit" and waiting for progress to be made soon in the negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom, he informed that he is appreciating "a positive and positive attitude change" in the British authorities to reach an agreement in matters pending bilateral negotiation on Gibraltar before the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU.

After the European Council, the President of the Government participated in the opening ceremony of the ASEM summit (EU-Asia) that will continue until tomorrow in Brussels.

On that occasion he held a bilateral meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phúc.

Also in the day today met with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who signed yesterday in Brussels with the EU an agreement for a new fund endowed with one hundred million euros and aimed at encouraging the model of energy transition in Europe.

Sánchez analyzed with him the possibility of collaboration between his foundation and Spain to deal with diseases in the African continent.

Also, the chief executive met with the Swiss president, Alain Berset.


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