Sunday, April 18

Ximo Puig joins the former Minister for Commitment Elena Cebrián to his team

Elena Cebrián, together with Marzà, in a ceremony at the Palau.

Elena Cebrián, together with Marzà, in a ceremony at the Palau.

Former councilwoman Elena Cebrián returned to the Valencian Community at the end of last year after a stage in Madrid. And now, the former Minister of Agriculture and Environment in the first government of the Pacte del Botànic joins the Presidency as a senior official. Cebrián, an independent who was elected in 2015 by Compromís to occupy a position in the Consell, will thus join the department of the socialist Ximo Puig.

Cebrián (València, 1970) is an agronomist with experience in European institutions and the Ministry of Agriculture. Her appointment means that Puig now recovers her in a freely appointed civil servant position: the Head of the Studies and Prospective service, attached to the Presidency of the Generalitat. However, the objective is for it to play an important role at this time in the European fundraising office led by Juan Ángel Poyatos, as this newspaper has learned. The square is effective as of tomorrow, March 1. The former senior position has been chosen from six applicants who applied for the position, convened on January 24.

Cebrián arrives to reinforce the green and agricultural approach in the design of projects for the aid of the Next Generation fund of the European Union, according to the sources consulted. His experience in Brussels, in the ministry and in the Generalitat is considered that it can help to obtain funds for the recovery of the Valencian Community after the covid.

The signing also shows the harmony between the head of the Consell and the former Minister of Agriculture and Environment despite the fact that they were part of the Executive by different parties. That connection was already found especially at the end of the last legislature.

After her time as councilor between 2015 and 2019, Cebrián returned to her position as a civil servant in the State Agronomist Corps of Engineers. Until a year ago, the vice president of the Government Teresa Ribera appointed her general secretary for the Demographic Challenge. Puig was then – as it was published – one of the great supporters for the entry of Cebrián as a high position in the Executive.

However, the engineer left her post last October to return to Valencia after a change in her personal life. Since then he occupied a position in the general direction of Coasts (dependent on the central Administration) in C. Valenciana.

Now he becomes part of the official structure of the Presidency in a freely appointed position linked (at least initially) to Puig’s post-covid recovery strategy. This involves trying to capture an important part of the more than 70,000 million euros that the European Union plans to allocate to Spain at a loss. These grants, which are awarded based on the projects presented, are linked to three main objectives for the future: sustainability, digitization and reindustrialization. Cebrián’s trajectory is thought to be important for the first of those three hitches.

The incorporation of Cebrián has an added political component. It is not the first appointment that Puig makes in the Presidency of names linked to other parties.

Former deputy and former Citizens Councilor Carolina Punset has held a position as a commissioned adviser for European affairs and strategic initiatives since the beginning of this legislature. The arrival of Cebrián now supposes to integrate also towards the left by part of Puig.

The former councilwoman, despite being in tune with the president, maintained during her stay in the Executive the discipline towards the training that the portfolio had given her. Even in the final critical episode, when Puig decreed the early dissolution of the Corts, Cebrián appeared alongside the other four Consellers of Compromís, who publicly demonstrated their opposition to the decision.

The figure in the Presidency of Cebrián supposes a third green focus in the Executive, in addition to the council led by Mireia Mollà (Compromís) and the role of the second vice president, Rubén Martínez Dalmau (Unides Podem), as head of the delegated commission of Ecological Transition , a low profile organ thus far.

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