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Sánchez and Iglesias met on Monday to prepare for the new political year


Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias.

Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Second Vice President, Pablo Iglesias, met on Monday at the Palacio de la Moncloa, to prepare the new year politician. Sources close to United We can have explained to Europa Press that this appointment is framed “within the normal functioning of the coalition.”

According to the newspaper ‘La Información’, it is about the first meeting in several weeks, because the usual ‘matins’ between leaders of PSOE and United We Can did not occur in December due to the succession of holidays and problems with the ministers’ agenda.

The past 2020 was closed with the agreement between both government partners to approve the anti-eviction decree to avoid launches until the end of the state of alarm and the recovery of the prohibition of cuts of basic supplies, once overcoming tensions generated in this regard within the coalition.

However, there are discrepancies between PSOE and United We Can on the situation of the minimum wage interprofessional (SMI), which remains frozen at the start of the new year. Thus, some socialist ministers link an eventual increase to the agreement between social agents while purple training demands that it be raised, at least, to the level of pensions or an improvement in the remuneration of public officials.

The proposal to increase the calculation to compute the pensions of the Ministry of Social Security from 25 to 35 years has also motivated discrepancies, since United We can oppose this approach.

Yes, there is harmony in the need to define the functions of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) with expired mandate, with a legislative proposal that is processed in Congress. In addition, they achieved the approval of the new General Budgets in the Lower House.

During his telematic intervention in the State Citizen Council of Podemos, Iglesias defended that they were going to be “very stubborn” so that the agreements of the Government program are fulfilled, such as the improvement of salaries, the revaluation of pensions or the repeal of the labor reform of the PP.

In United We Can also set as objectives the expansion of rights for trans people, the approval of the Law on Sexual Freedoms or the repeal of the Citizen Security Law, popularly known as the ‘Gag Law’. In addition, they have focused on the situation of the monarchy and have demanded the creation of an investigation commission on the emeritus king Juan Carlos I as a result of the alleged use of opaque cards.

The new year will bring a remodeling in the Executive after the appointment of the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, as the candidate of the PSC to the Catalan elections. The continuity of Illa at the head of the health portfolio has generated criticism in opposition parties and some voices in Unidos Podemos have raised the need to resolve the minister’s situation soon. This is the case of the deputy Juan Antonio López de Uralde and the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz.

The candidate of the communes for the Presidency of the Generalitat, Jéssica Albiach, yesterday expressed her concern that, in a scenario of uncertainty, in the middle of the third wave of coronavirus and with problems in the vaccination campaign, Illa has presented herself as candidate. “We need a minister who is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 100% committed to the fight against the pandemic. I want to convey our concern because at times like this what is important is not to think about electoral interests, but how to face the pandemic, “he said.

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