Vitoria (EFE).- Lehendakari Íñigo Urcullu has announced 400 million euro measures to help citizens and companies cope with the energy crisis in the coming months, a priority issue along with compliance Statute of Guernica.
Plenary meeting of the Common Policy this Friday, with which activities Basque Parliament it served as a test of the opposition parties’ willingness to reach agreements to counter inflation and escalating energy prices.
Faced with an uncertain scenario due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and an electoral climate eight months before municipal and regional elections in May, Urkullu invited the opposition to lend a helping hand and reach major agreements in the country in five areas: 2023 budgets, strengthening primary health care health care, educational pact, demographic problem and energy.
To counter the black scenario of the global crisis, she announced a $400 million program of measures that will serve to cover the basic needs of vulnerable groups, compensate for the loss of purchasing power of citizens and provide loans to viable companies in crisis. a difficult situation.
He also announced a new personal income tax deflation after the recently approved 4%, a 10% increase in emergency social assistance (AES), subsidies to cover gas in social housing and the food sector, so that rising prices would not affect so many citizens.
He explained that this program will be financed from its own budgetary funds, European funds, as well as from extraordinary funds for the tax surcharge of energy companies.
Following the impact of the pandemic, Lehendakari confirmed that the Osakidetza staff will be expanded so that temporary employment will increase from 40% to 7% and primary care will be strengthened with 358 positions for family doctors and medical staff.
These goals bordered on other historical aspirations of nationalism. Urkullu did not mention the desire for a new statute, but only demanded that the current one be completed.
To do this, he asks for the creation of a permanent commission between the central and Basque governments to ensure compliance. PNV spokesman Joseba Egibar was blunt about this: he said the Statute should be respected with a “period”.
The main opposition parties, for their part, have left the door open for country agreements, but with nuances.
EH Bildu spokeswoman Maddalen Iriarte called for a “welfare pact” that includes tax reform burdening those with the most to get quality public services, measures to pay a “fair” price for energy, and easier access to the home.
It is ugly that Urkullu is not betting on the new status, despite the fact that he promised in 2015 to hold a consultation on this issue and emphasized that many proposals for the formation of aberzale on energy, housing, utilities or taxation require sovereignty. “Did you throw in the towel?” – he asked.
Elkarrekin Podemos-IU spokeswoman Miren Gorrochategui also spoke in favor of reaching agreements to protect the population, negotiations with large food distributors on affordable prices for the consumer and the creation of a state-owned energy company.
The leader of the purple formation put the most pressing needs of the Basque citizens above self-government, which, in her opinion, should serve precisely to protect society.
From people’s party, Carlos Iturgais reached out to reach an agreement on next year’s budgets, lower taxes, reduce the number of high-ranking positions in the Basque government, as well as strengthen the health system and improve education.
He recalled that the people had always defended the “full and loyal development” of the Statute of Guernica and attributed the differences over the upcoming translations to the interpretation of the PNV Statute, which is “not the only possible” and is not “legitimate”. .
Vox’s sole MP, Amaya Martinez, accused Urkulla of living in a “parallel reality”, of not sympathizing with the real problems of the Basques, of offering a “placebo” in the face of the current situation, and of acting like a doctor. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as “for some days he demands the observance of the Statute and agreements of the country, and others for the Basque homeland.”
The Basque executive’s partners, PNV and PSE, who rule with comfortable majorities, have nonetheless invited the opposition to join the pacts in order to best resolve the crisis.
Socialist leader Eneco Anduesa’s only criticism was his reminder that Pedro Sánchez’s government had informed him in recent days that this was an opportune moment to work out a new phase of negotiations on upcoming transfers, and therefore he saw no need for a “permanent complaint”. Otherwise, he says, his party is “quite satisfied” with the coalition government.
To this, Lehendakari, in response, praised the “good health” of the coalition government, which offers “institutional stability in the country.” EFE
Author Elena Puerta
Edited by Julian Black
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