Podemos continues to pressure its government partner not to withdraw the cut to electricity companies. The Third Vice President and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, started a round of contacts with the top managers of the electricity companies to address the situation of the energy market in the face of the upward spiral in prices, after being willing to withdraw the cut that it approved in September for the sector if Brussels takes measures in the face of the energy crisis.
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For the formation of Ione Belarra "it is essential that in the face of the threats from the electricity companies the Government does not give in," one of its spokespersons, Isa Serra, claimed on Monday. "Only to raise the possibility of yielding when the measures have been approved is to delegitimize the Government and democracy," he stressed. Serra insists that the cut to electricity is a "courageous measure, but above all necessary to defend citizens against the fact that the electricity oligopoly puts democracy in check."
This Friday from the coalition they already opposed the possibility raised by the Minister of Ecological Transition. On that occasion it was the Secretary of State for Social Rights, Nacho Álvarez, who assured that "the package must be maintained and reinforced if necessary." "The Government has adopted a very ambitious package of measures to face the rising cost of the electricity bill, which allows partially disconnecting what happens in wholesale markets from the final bill of consumers and small companies," Álvarez defended. This position has been exposed to the Ribera Ministry, as confirmed.
In relation to the budgets, the spokesman for Podemos, Pablo Fernández, has defended that the measures promoted by the confederal group may be key to seducing the members of the Executive in Congress to support the accounts agreed by the president and vice president, Pedro Sánchez and Yolanda Díaz. Although he has asked for "caution" and "prudence", he assures that they face the negotiations with optimism. "We have to speak and we have to listen to Bildu, ERC, mainly, but also to the PNV", Fernández reports, who also defends that "there are elements such as the housing law and the 15% corporate tax on large companies that can do that both formations opt to support the budgets ".
Given the words of the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, assuring that Spain is heading for bankruptcy, the spokesperson for Podemos recalled that the accounts promoted by the coalition government "have the endorsement of the EU." The refusal of the popular to approve them, supposes for Fernández the demonstration that the PP "does not have a country project".
During these last four days, the formation led by Ione Belarra has held a few days of debate to rethink the party's agenda. On the closing day, the Secretary General stressed the importance of the future political project of Yolanda Díaz aspiring to become a "broad front" that "allows them to get the first electoral position" to mark the political line of the Government. Serra has once again emphasized this message, highlighting that his training will be "loyal" with the PSOE, although he continues to aspire to be a "majority force".