Saturday, November 27

the Government seeks an express procedure for the reform of greater depth of the welfare state


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If there is a reform that will affect millions of Spaniards and in a particularly delicate stage of their lives, that is the pension system. The changes that will affect the central pillar of the welfare state, however, will pass through Congress in a express procedure, with minimal space for debate. The government’s plans, which have raised blisters among various groups, including some parliamentary partners of the Executive, is that the bill may be approved next week.

Yesterday the presentation table was constituted and the date of the commission was set for tomorrow, at which time it will be known if the balance of forces is sufficient to promote the norm. It will also be revealed how the amendment that contains the cornerstone of the reform will be finally included: the intergenerational equity mechanism, which this afternoon the Minister of Social Security will explain, Jose Luis Escrivá, before the groups, in his appearance before the Pact of Toledo.

One of the options being considered is that it be presented as an ‘in voce’ amendment. Other sources suggest that it could be introduced in the presentation.

Anyway, the plans are that next week it can go to the Plenary of Congress and from there to the Senate. A real ‘rally’ that has generated a notable and general malaise among the groups consulted by this newspaper, which also point out that the amendment period ended on October 27 and that the rule has been registered since September.

The reason for the anger is common in all the sources consulted, which consider a “Run over” and one “shame” that the most important reform for the Welfare State is attempted “camouflage” with the processing of the Budgets and in a minimum term. In addition, there are misgivings among the groups about the scope of the measures proposed by Escrivá. The minister has assured that, taking into account the historical average returns, the Reserve Fund should have between 40,000 million at the beginning of the 2030s, something that is questioned by the academic world. In fact, according to the last report of the Reserve Fund presented in the Courts, the average annualized profitability of the last ten years was of 3,18%.

Nor is it clear that the measures that the minister will explain today are the only ones that the government has in mind. In fact, the explanations this afternoon by Escrivá respond to the requests registered by the popular parliamentary group, which had demanded explanations from the minister both about the mechanism and about whether it intends to extend the calculation period to calculate the amount of the pension. Escrivá’s last appearance in this committee was last July, when he came to report on the agreement with unions and employers on the first part of the pension reform.

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