Control session in the Lower House of Parliament

Pedro Sánchez affirms that the Government is committed to a legislature with more jobs, more rights and greater coexistence

President's News - 2024.2.21

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Lower House of Parliament, Madrid

In the Government control session that took place in the Lower House of Parliament, Pedro Sánchez, in response to Mertxe Aizpurua of the Euskal Herria Bildu Parliamentary Group, has indicated the commitment to "more employment, more rights and, also, greater coexistence" as the fundamental pillar of his government's action.

In this respect, the head of the Executive recalled that in the months that have elapsed in the legislature, several measures have been approved to extend the social shield, such as the increase in the Minimum Wage by 5% and the revaluation of pensions according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). He also mentioned that the Artistic Education Act and the Parity Act have been sent to Congress. The aim of these laws is to continue to move towards real and effective equality between men and women. A package of more than one billion euros has also been approved for science, and recently, in the Council of Ministers, the Sustainable Mobility Act.

Sánchez also expressed his Government's commitment to deepening rights and the reindustrialisation of our country thanks to the channelling of European funds, and, in relation to coexistence, the strengthening of self-government.

The president confirmed that the Executive is studying the how the transfer of traffic competences to the regional government of Navarre can be carried out: "We are going to do it the way it should be done, through dialogue".

Commitment to economic and social development in Catalonia

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, during his speech at the control session of the Government held in the Lower House of Parliament | Pool Congreso

In response to Míriam Nogueras from the Junts per Catalunya parliamentary group, the head of the Executive insisted that his Government has three pillars in its action plan for the next four years: "The first is the creation of more jobs, the second is progress on social rights, and finally, coexistence".

In addition, Pedro Sánchez referred to the 116.459 billion euros earmarked for Catalonia in the General State Budget, a historic figure that demonstrates the Government's commitment to the economic and social development of this community: "Between 2021 and 2023 we have earmarked almost 9.3 billion euros of European funds that have already reached more than 60,000 projects in Catalonia. We are investing 467 million euros for desalination projects, 116 million euros for energy transition projects, 205 million euros for projects in the tourism sector and 536 million euros are being spent on modernising the Rodalies service".

In his reply, the president of the Government of Spain expressed his commitment to a better coexistence and greater self-government in Catalonia, and mentioned, in this respect, the new transfers carried out such as the management of the Minimum Basic Income to the Generalitat and also the Rodalies rail service.

On the other hand, in response to Aberto Núñez Feijóo, a member of the Popular Parliamentary Group in Congress, the president of the Government of Spain recalled that Feijóo recognised that "the only way forwards for Catalonia and for Spain is reconciliation and not confrontation".

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