Sánchez will reduce the gas VAT from 21% to 5% from October

MadridThe Spanish government already reduced the VAT on electricity to 5% and is now doing the same with gas. “Selective tax reductions”, said the president of the State Executive, Pedro Sánchez, with the aim of making the heating bill cheaper for autumn and winter. It will apply from October and until December 31, with the possibility of being extended if the inflation scenario continues, he explained this Thursday in an interview with Cadena Ser. The announcement comes the day after the PP requested this same measure and that the spokeswoman for Moncloa, Isabel Rodríguez, rejected it, assuring that the “priority is to reduce energy consumption” and that the Spanish government was already making an “effort without precedents”. “He continues to accept some of the measures of the PP after criticizing them,” replied the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, via Twitter.

Precisely, this Thursday the third vice-president and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, is holding a meeting with the spokespersons of the parliamentary groups of the Congress to address the contingency plan that she must send to Brussels during the month of September. In principle, it will not include mandatory consumption restrictions for citizens and businesses. “We have a relatively safer situation in relation to other countries”, said Sánchez. The Spanish president has highlighted the Iberian exception in the gas cap, he has assured that he is containing the increase in the bill by 15% and that Spain will have saved 1.3 billion euros between June 15 and on August 15. Following the announcement by the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, who on Monday opted for a reform of the electricity market, the Spanish president has highlighted that there are other countries that are defending that they also want the application of the conditions which Spain and Portugal have.

On a political level, Sánchez has criticized that the PP draws a “catastrophic” scenario and ignores the “strengths” of the Spanish economy, which he has exemplified by the reduction of the deficit and the public debt. The Spanish president has listed all the measures that the PP has recently opposed: free public transport, the increase in the interprofessional minimum wage, the Iberian exception, as well as the tax on banks and energy corporations for tax your extra benefits. In this sense, the socialist leader has accused the conservative president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, of being “docile with business interests” and has charged against his “denialist” opposition. “Neither Pablo Casado nor Feijóo I have had any kind of help. For me it is a disappointment”, he considered.

That is why he has assumed that the budgets for next year, the last of the legislature, will have to be negotiated with the investiture partners: Esquerra, PNB, PDECat and EH Bildu. “I’m not discovering America,” he said. The formation of the Abertzale left has been demonized again in recent hours by the right following the approach of 13 ETA prisoners, among them the ex-leaders of the armed band ‘Txapote’ and Henri Parot, that the PP understands as a counterpart of the Spanish government to the support of Bildu. Asked about this question, Sánchez recalled that the governments of José María Aznar brought hundreds of ETA prisoners while the organization was still killing. “What we have seen these years, 11 years after the disappearance of ETA, is the spurious use of anti-terrorist policy,” he noted. In addition, he has made it clear that there is no reduction of sentences, but compliance with prison legislation.

Petition to the employer to negotiate

Beyond energy, Sánchez also wanted to send a message to employers to continue negotiating wages with the unions. The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has reiterated in recent days that the employers’ representatives “are not up to the task” and the Spanish president has not gone that far, but he has asked for an agreement to be reached in the collective agreements. If the labor reform put collective bargaining back at the center, we must encourage that the labor reform agreement is exercised resolutely by the parties,” he emphasized. Unlike his second vice-president, Sánchez has not called on the unions to demonstrate and has limited himself to “respecting” their right to do so.

The discrepancies between PSOE and Unides Podemos are more evident in the case of the increase in defense spending. Díaz started the political course last week warning that this increase was not reflected in the new spending ceiling agreed within the coalition, and Sánchez has assured that the new accounts will indeed contemplate it. “It will be a dialogue and a negotiation”, predicted the head of the State Executive, both with his government partner and with his parliamentary allies. In relation to this increase in defence, the Spanish president has spoken of the industries linked to the sector which are located in Albacete, Ferrol, Cádiz, Cartagena and Euskadi and the thousands of qualified jobs associated with them. “We are not only talking about deterrence and fulfilling commitments with NATO, but we are talking about the economy, jobs and territorial cohesion,” he pointed out.

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