The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has finally decided to confirm in the ministries of Social Security and Industry to Jose Luis Escrivá Y Reyes Maroto, respectively. Government sources maintain that the decision is “eminently tactical” for them to act as “fusible” in the face of criticism that may fall into the stage of economic boost after the arrival of European funds. Sánchez especially fears another black year in tourism, and he does not want his image to be stained.
Escrivá, and especially Maroto, appeared in all pools of ministers who could lose office in the last government crisis. The Minister of Social Security has starred in several confrontations with the members of United We Can. And lately he has lost some of the support of Nadia Calvin, somewhat more skeptical about the reform of the pension system that Escrivá has in mind.
This reform is expected to be controversial. Escrivá affirmed that the generation of baby boomers they would be affected by the regulations. That statement generated a huge media stir. The minister had to rectify and admit his communication error, while in various sectors of the Government, and also among social agents, Escrivá’s “magic” formula that pointed to a radical reform but without cuts has lost credibility.
Save the image of the president
Even so, Sánchez has decided to confirm it. And as discussed in the Executive, it does so to have a lightning rod in the event of receiving criticism from the opposition. Sánchez knows that European Union calls for a harmonization of the pension system with respect to other European countries. European funds will arrive conditional on that measure, and as usual the president he wants not to be affected by media burnout.
Maroto’s case is similar. Almost everyone in the Government considered the Madrid minister as outgoing. Maroto had to deal with protests and attacks from the industrial sector during the toughest stage of the coronavirus. He has often complained to his people about not having the expected autonomy in the performance of their duties. It is a “weak” profile, argued from some executive ministries in the days prior to the remodeling.
However, Maroto will also remain in the Council of Ministers. And as in the case of Escrivá, Sánchez’s goal is to have someone who, if the situation gets complicated, act as a media shield. Sánchez’s scheme of action is well known in the Government, where they remember that it is not the first time that the socialist makes similar calculations.
Maroto is also Minister of Commerce and Tourism, and the Executive admits his concern about the summer campaign. Economic estimates left waiting for the recovery of hundreds of thousands of jobs as of the summer. But the pandemic data has dashed Calviño’s hopes.
From Tourism, in fact, they have launched in recent days a small offensive with the diplomatic delegations of European countries. In some cases, they have criticized the alarms that are sent to neighboring European countries because they fear that tourism will be affected. Also in this case, an avalanche of reproaches and protests from the sector is expected. Y Sánchez has no intention of appearing as responsible from another black year in tourism.
Source: Vozpópuli by www.vozpopuli.com.
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