Government Control Session

Pedro Sánchez: "This is a Government that is implacable against corruption and incompatible with corruption"

President's News - 2024.2.28

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Lower House of Parliament, Madrid

In the control session of the Executive held in the Lower House, Pedro Sánchez linked his arrival at Moncloa Palace to the objective of "banishing corruption from politics". "This is a Government that is implacable against corruption and incompatible with corruption," he said in his response to Alberto Núñez Feijóo, a member of the Popular Parliamentary Group.

Sánchez added that his Government "fights corruption face to face and does so not with empty speeches", but "with deeds and actions". Specifically, he referred to collaboration with the justice system, "transparency and accountability" through a Parliamentary enquiry commission, and "the assumption of political responsibilities beyond judicial responsibilities".

In his reply, the president also affirmed that his Government will never accuse either the justice system or the State Law Enforcement Forces and Agencies of plotting against him, nor will it obstruct the action of justice.

Housing, the fifth pillar of the welfare state

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, during the Government control session in the Lower House of Parliament | EFE

Pedro Sánchez has stressed that one of the Government's main priorities is tackling the difficulty that "many citizens" experience in accessing housing, an issue raised in the control session by Ione Belarra, a member of the Mixed Parliamentary Group.

As an example of this concern, the president cited the creation of the Ministry for Housing and the Urban Agenda, the approval of the Housing Act and the roll out of a "comprehensive policy" ranging from expanding public housing stock and the youth rental voucher to the promotion of energy rehabilitation.

Sánchez also mentioned the "significant budgetary commitment" for housing policies, with an investment of 3.476 billion euros by 2023, the largest in history in this area. Furthermore, he underlined the agreement adopted at the last Council of Ministers to allocate 4 billion euros from the addendum to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan to the promotion of 40,000 affordable rental homes, especially for younger families.

The head of the Executive has reiterated the "resounding commitment" to place "housing as the fifth pillar of the welfare state" throughout the four years of the legislature. "We are going to make everything available to the public administration to solve one of the main problems of our citizens," he said.

Strengthening co-governance

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

In his reply to Aitor Esteban, from the Basque Parliamentary Group, the president argued that respect for self-government is compatible with the multilateral cooperation that takes place in the sectoral conferences. "The pandemic is a good example of what we call co-governance, which is nothing more than sharing many of the decisions between the regional governments and, in this case, the Government of Spain," he said.

The change to the functioning of the sectoral conferences, Sánchez explained, is one of the obligatory milestones included in the Recovery Plan in order to receive these European funds. Specifically, it includes three commitments: to allow for the creation of multi-sectoral conferences, as was done during the pandemic with the meetings of the Inter-territorial Council of the National Health System; detailing decision-making procedures; and providing transparent monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

The head of the Executive mentioned the reform of the Law on the Legal Regime of the Public Sector that is underway between the different parliamentary groups as further proof of the Government's intention "to institutionally consolidate this democratic co-governance in shared decision-making between the General State Administration and the regional governments".

These initiatives, he added, are not detrimental to bilaterality or to foral regimes. "On the contrary, what we are going to do is to continue advancing in this respect for self-government and shared decisions. But we have to draw lessons from the pandemic and strengthen some areas of multilateral decision-making and collaboration that have been particularly instrumental in defending lives and in having the economic situation that, fortunately, we have today," he said.

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