Treasury opens to negotiate with CC the Budgets to try to prop up the majority

Archive image of the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, in Congress. / ef

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Faced with a difficult procedure, the Government seeks support for the 2023 state accounts beyond its investiture partners

Loreto Gutierrez

During the processing of the two budget laws that the Government of Pedro Sánchez has carried out, those of 2021 and 2022, the
Treasury He has hardly been interested in having CC. There were no contacts prior to the presentation of the bill in Congress and in the case of current accounts there was only one meeting with the Minister of the Presidency and Relations with the Courts,
Felix Bolanos, in October of last year, which ended like the rosary of dawn. The nationalist formation failed to incorporate a single one of its amendments during the parliamentary process and many of them were not even voted on because the government vetoed them.

The support of the parties that make up the investiture block then allowed the Executive to approve its second budgets with a comfortable majority of 188 votes. But the situation is now different and carrying out the
General State Budgets (PGE) of 2023 is not going to be easy.

The usual partners of the Government begin to launch signs of unchecking, especially the Catalan sovereignists; United We Can control two fewer seats, in both cases from the Canary Islands - that of
Alberto Rodriguezwhich is still empty and that of
Meri Pitawho dropped out of training and joined the mixed group-, to which is added that
Peter Quevedo (NC), which had a pact with the PSOE, has just handed over its seat to CC to comply with the electoral agreement.

In this scenario, the Government has no choice but to resort to variable geometry and seek support from the rest of the parliamentary arch to
avoid extension of current budgets. Discarded PP and Vox, who anticipate their rejection of the state accounts, the Treasury has its sights set on the two seats that CC now has,
two votes that can be greatly revalued if the vicissitudes of parliamentary arithmetic turn out to be decisive.

The Minister of Finance,
Maria Jesus Montero, recognized this week that the negotiation of the 2023 Budgets will be tough, but was convinced that in the end it will come to fruition and the new state accounts will be approved in a timely manner. To achieve this, Montero trusts in the capacity for dialogue and reaching agreements that she considers to be a hallmark of the Sánchez government.

In his opinion, having obtained support to approve the state accounts for 2021 and 2022 has been a
good training" to now add the necessary support to the 2023 accounts, designed, according to the head of the Treasury, to continue facing the inflation derived from the war in Ukraine.

The first step in the process of drafting the budget bill has been the publication in mid-June of the
ministerial order that marks the main lines of the public accounts for the different departments of the Government, so that each ministry adjusts to the roadmap marked when establishing the items of their respective programs.

The objective of the Executive is to have the bill ready in three months, in order to be able to take it to Congress within the established legal term that culminates in
September 30th. It is foreseeable that throughout the summer there will be a first political contact between the Government and the CC management, to advance the criteria and priorities of the
budget draft -a courtesy that has not been given in the previous two years-, and at the same time probe the availability of the nationalist formation to negotiate the eventual support of its two deputies.

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