The Minister of Education and Vocational Training and spokesperson for the Federal Executive Commission of the PSOE, Pilar Alegría, has responded to the criticism of the CEO of Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, to the energy tax. And it is that, in his opinion, “the time has come” for these companies to “put their shoulders to the wheel” to distribute “among all” the burden of the crisis.
This is how she defended it this Sunday in statements to journalists in Torrelavega, where she was questioned by the tribune published this Sunday by Imaz in the newspaper El País, where she stated that this new tax "does not go against the rich" but "against the business activity” and has expressed his confidence in the institutions and hopes that one of them determines his “discriminatory nature”.
Although Alegría has not spoken explicitly about these words by Imaz, the PSOE spokeswoman and minister has recalled the "important revenues" that relevant energy and financial companies in Spain have obtained in their accounts in recent months and has opined that "there has been the time for a smaller part of those benefits to be distributed among the total citizenry to be strengthened from this crisis.”
The minister and spokesperson for the PSOE has pointed out that the financial crisis of 2008, when the PP governed, those who “suffered hard” from the crisis were the middle and working classes and now – she has said – the Government is working to “distribute” the impact of this new crisis “among all”.
Alegría recalled that when banking needed resources in 2008, citizens, through their taxes, made an "effort" and contributed resources for the recovery of that sector.
And now he considers that in the current "complicated situation" that is being experienced, "the time" has come for these important energy and banking companies to "put their shoulders to the wheel" and "truly exercise corporate responsibility and do it in a a positive way."
In addition, he has indicated that the energy tax is being implemented in "almost practically all European countries, many of them with conservative governments", in order to redistribute the burden of the crisis among all.