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Sánchez announces an extra 100 million euros to alleviate the impact of the rise in electricity in vulnerable homes | Spain

The Government will approve next Tuesday a contribution of an additional 100 million euros to alleviate the rise in the price of electricity, which will go to the 1.2 million vulnerable Spanish households before the arrival of winter. Pedro Sánchez has also advanced at the closing of the PSOE congress of Extremadura that this royal decree law will include the protection of the contracts of the industries and companies against the rise in prices and will provide greater transparency and control in the prices of the electricity tariff before the energy companies.

The Prime Minister has acknowledged that his proposal to provide a community response to the energy crisis has met with resistance from Brussels, but has insisted that the European Council, “thanks to the leadership of Spain”, has begun to consider how to tackle the problem of the price of energy. “It is clear that we have to do things at the European level, that we will have to review that framework and directive at the community level. If in vaccination it is evident that we have been stronger united, why do we not do the same with the gas-producing countries? If we weigh more being 400 million people [la población de la UE] Instead of 47 million, why don’t we move forward on this path of joint gas purchase negotiations against large countries such as China or India? ”he stated. Sánchez understands that this common response could serve in the face of “speculation” in the prices of the CO₂ emissions market. “In Europe things are slower than I would like, but we are making progress. I am stubborn and we will achieve a community response approach to the energy crisis ”, he declared.

The price of electricity has been skyrocketing for months in the main European squares. Behind this escalation is the rise in gas prices in international markets and in European CO₂ emission rights, dragged down by the strong recovery in demand after the activity stoppages caused by the pandemic. In Spain, the average daily price of a megawatt hour (MWh) in the wholesale market has been above 200 euros for 12 days in a row (tomorrow Monday it will be at 225.36 euros), an unthinkable level a few months ago.

Faced with this escalation, the President of the Government has promised that the electricity bill of consumers will close 2021 at the same level as 2018. To achieve this, and after several clashes between the two Government partners, the Executive launched in mid- September a shock plan that extends tax cuts and includes a reduction in the extraordinary benefits obtained by non-CO₂-emitting plants, an issue that has led to a head-on clash between the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the large electricity companies affected by the measure.

Housing law

The Housing Law will also go to the Council of Ministers this Tuesday. It will do so in the middle of a dispute between the PSOE and United We Can for the labor reform and with news such as the prohibition of the sale of social housing to speculative funds. A practice that autonomous communities such as Madrid have carried out in recent years. “Public housing will never be confiscated in our country again,” Sánchez has been exhaustive. “At last, after more than 40 years of democracy, we are going to pass the first housing law in history to convert a right that is in the Constitution into a true right for our young people and those people who feel excluded from buying. or renting a home. We must stop conceiving of housing as a problem and yes as a right ”, he emphasized before a thousand socialist activists and cadres.

Sánchez, who has not expressly cited United We Can, has conveyed throughout his speech the implicit idea that the measures of his Executive are not exclusive to one ministry. That is, it is a project shared by the two coalition partners in which the president has the last word. And if there is a government party, that is the PSOE, with three socialist presidents since the restoration of democracy. “A very short time ago we were criticized for being social democrats and now some criticize us for being supposedly not very social democrats. We are the party that has achieved social progress, labor conquests, and civil liberties, and we will continue to do so. Despite whoever it may be, here is the PSOE ”, he claimed.

“We govern to revalue pensions, to protect workers with ERTE from the greatest calamity we have experienced in 100 years, to achieve a minimum living income, to raise the minimum wage and end child poverty. We govern for the great social majorities of Spain. That is the raison d’être of the PSOE, ”Sánchez stressed, citing several of the government’s star initiatives. Among them stand out several of the measures in which the Ministry of Labor has been involved, led by Yolanda Díaz, annoyed by the prominence that the president has given to the economic vice president, Nadia Calviño, in the labor reform.

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