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The president of the Popular Party, Alberto Nez Feijo, has requested this Thursday in Brussels the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to study the possibility of a regulatory change so that governments that request it can temporarily suspend the tax on hydrocarbons. After that Moncloa announced that lowering the VAT on electricity from 10% to 5%, using all the margin of community legislation, Feijo wants the Union to go further, despite the fact that historically it is very reluctant to use fiscal measures in these cases.
In the last years of Mariano Rajoy at the head of the Government and the Popular Party, his trips to Brussels were marked by the Catalan crisis. His interventions, the questions and answers, focused again and again on the independence challenge and the reaction of the State, but rarely on community issues. The dynamic with Pablo Casado was quite similar, few continental issues, or none, and all the attention on criticizing the Executive of Pedro Sánchez and his policies. His successor, Alberto Nez Feijo, made his debut this Thursday in Brussels and in just five minutes has left two relevant changes: in form and substance.
Something is moving in Spanish politics when for the first time since the start of the pandemic the leaders of the PP, the PSOE and Ciudadanos have coincided in Brussels, since Ins Arrimadas has also been at the summit of the continental liberals. And something moves when a just arrived decides to completely change the strategy. No criticism, no attack, no mention of Pedro Sánchez. No messages or complaints to the institutions. Specific proposals, legislative proposals and a very economic discourse, focusing on companies, families and the loss of competitiveness. the new leader popular He has understood that the Commission was not at all comfortable with the previous policy, with the complaints, with the protests, with the implicit message that they did their job very badly. And he has chosen the opposite, asking for legislative measures and preventing the spotlight from going to Moncloa.
A few weeks ago Feijo attended the congress of the European People’s Party in rotterdambut today he has traveled to the community capital to participate together with his colleagues from all over the Union in the summit prior to the European Council. And he has done something that his predecessors barely attempted: a ‘legislative proposal’ to address the economic crisis.” We have requested two things. That he ECB continue rescuing and helping to prevent interest rates from increasing in Spain, in exchange for us doing our homework and investing the funds, which are not very transparent and slow. And we have asked, given the impact of road transport and as we are peripheral, that the Commission approve an agreement in which I know of the possibility for the states that request it to suspend the tax on hydrocarbons exceptionally and temporarily. After Biden’s declaration to suspend them in the US, Europe must react by providing those who request a suspension to try to lower prices, try to reduce inflation and reduce the economic and social tensions that we are experiencing in Spain and that may increase in the future. autumn. That is our contribution”, explained the popular.
The proposal has been left on the table before the prime ministers and Von der Leyen. His team is very reluctant to these measures and in fact they have been pushing for years for Spain to raise environmental and hydrocarbon taxes, and even more so now when there is serious concern about the climate agenda. But Feijo wants to participate in the first line in the economic discourse, in the debate and not only in the reactions. He seeks to appear as a leader, not just opposition.
“We are going to see what the study and scope of the idea is. We need freedom so that, exceptionally and temporarily, the member countries can adjust the hydrocarbon tax downwards. We cannot continue at more than two euros per liter, Spain cannot assume that trend in fuels because it causes inflation in a country in which road transport is the majority for merchandise. Lack of competitiveness, rising prices of products. It seems reasonable to us. We had been studying it for weeks and yesterday we saw President Biden to raise it for the US we understand that it would be good for Europe to value it. I am not saying that it exempts everyone as a common rule, what I ask is that those who request it, the EU facilitate it. If we were in government, in addition to lowering a few cents on gasoline and diesel, which have been subsumed by the price increase, we would act with an intense drop in hydrocarbons temporarily and exceptionally until inflation drops to normal levels”, he assured ado.
The speech of popular is thought in the medium term. His analysis is that a very hot October is coming, with inflationary pressures, an economic crisis and gas supply problems in the EU. For this reason, he maintains, the EU cannot sit back and wait. “We have a conflict 25 km from the border and an economic conflict. If we don’t attend to it, when the war ends we will have a generalized one in countries with runaway debt and deficits and that don’t control inflation. If we can lower gasoline by half a euro by combining hydrocarbons with the cents that the Government of Spain has lowered we will go from 2 to 1.5 euros per liter of diesel and gasoline. and sustainable in the tax revenues of our country. And we are heading for an endemic and runaway debt,” he warned.
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