Thursday, October 28

The PP asks Calviño and Ribera to explain the sale of Naturgy


The Secretary General of the Popular Party, Teodoro García Egea;  the PP spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies, Cuca Gamarra;  and the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, during a session to control the Government in Congress.

The Secretary General of the Popular Party, Teodoro García Egea; the PP spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies, Cuca Gamarra; and the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, during a session to control the Government in Congress.
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The PP wants the vice-presidents Nadia Calviño and Teresa Ribera appear in Congress to report on the takeover bid of the Australian fund IFM on the 22.69 of Naturgy and will try to force a debate this month in the Permanent Council, a body that replaces the Plenary in non-ordinary periods of sessions.

The party led by Pablo Casado has registered this petition one day after the Council of Ministers has authorized, with conditions, the Voluntary and partial takeover of the Australian fund IFM to acquire up to 22.69% of the capital of Naturgy.

This operation has already aroused misgivings in his partner from Podemos, who has criticized the Government’s decision to authorize the sale of 22% of Naturgy to a foreign fund, as he considers that sovereignty is lost and the energy problem of Spain is deepened. “Big mistake”, has stressed the co-spokesman of the purple formation, Pablo Fernández.

Risks of the takeover bid

The vice-secretary of Sectorial of the PP and person in charge of the economic area of ​​the party, Elvira Rodríguez, has assured that “at night and without transparency” the Government has approved “the taking of a significant part of Naturgy’s capital by an Australian pension fund manager”.

“For Spain, this operation can only entail risks of loss of control in a strategic sector,” the former minister assured in a message on her official Twitter account, which was collected by Europa Press.

In addition, Rodríguez has indicated that “it cannot be presented, as they claim, as a commitment to Spain with foreign capital, since it is a mere financial operation.” “Cash for shares and it’s not going to generate growth or more jobs. Is it really worth it?”

Debate in permanent deputation

Specifically, the Popular Group has requested the convening of a extraordinary session of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation for the minister of the branch and also first vice president, Nadia Calviño, to appear, with the aim of “informing about the authorization of the IFM takeover bid for Naturgy”.

Secondly, the PP has requested that an extraordinary session of the Commission for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge be convened so that the third vice president Teresa Ribera, who assured this Tuesday after the Council of Ministers, would come to report on this takeover bid. a “singular” operation on a company that is “strategic”.

As August is non-working for parliamentary purposes, it is the Permanent Delegation that must decide whether or not these two parliamentary committees are convened in an extraordinary way for the vice-presidents to appear. For this reason, the ‘popular’ have demanded that the president of Congress, Meritxell Batet, bring together the Permanent Delegation to force a parliamentary debate on this matter.

Another brief requesting a report

Parallel, The PP has registered this Wednesday a letter so that the government send you the authorization file of the IFM takeover bid for Naturgy, under Article 7 of the Congress Regulations.

This petition, signed by the deputy spokesperson of the Popular Group Ignacio Echaniz, is addressed to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.


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