The government of Pedro Sánchez and Citizens have reached a agreement for extend for the sixth and last time the state of alarm. The central executive signs this pact after having added this time to the PNV and have collected again the abstention of ERC, which may extend mobility restrictions nationwide until June 21. If the measures agreed with republicans and jetzales were aimed at the recovery of communities from their powers, those agreed upon with Ciudadanos have a more economic character.
In the agreement released by Moncloa, the Government agrees to carry out a series of measures “for the benefit of the general interest of the Spanish” in exchange for the favorable vote of the party of Inés Arrimadas. These are six points, among which are measures for territorial equality and a plan for tourism. The agreement will allow “consolidating the majority” necessary to approve this Wednesday the extension of the state of alarm.
In the disseminated agreement, it is first established that the measures contained in the decree approved by the Executive on Tuesday and that regulate the extension “they will be identical for all of Spain in the final stretch of the confinement, without prejudice to the health progression of each territory ”. At the autonomous level, the agreement states that the Government must have all the autonomous communities in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System to analyze the necessary legal framework that guarantees “an orderly exit from the state of alarm and the management of the pandemic.”
For the rest, the measures focus on the economic field, although the recipes for do not resort to the declaration of the state of alarm in case of regrowths. In this sense, a commitment by the Executive is included so that before June 15 present a Royal Decree-law that regulates the exit from the state of alarm for the territories that reach it “Taking into account the contributions of Cs”. Furthermore, the need to analyze the “Legal reforms to establish an alternative mechanism to the state of alarm”That allows protection against possible outbreaks without having to resort to the alarm state again. Precisely, this is a point where Cs agrees with ERC and PNV in their respective agreements with the Government.
The measures contained in the decree that it approves “will be identical for all of Spain in the final stretch of confinement, without prejudice to the health progression of each territory”
Regarding fully economic measures, Ciudadanos makes a commitment to the Government so that it can also before June 15, a “Tourism aid plan is approved and its associated activities such as restaurants, hotels or tourist activities ”. It establishes figures: it will consist of 2,500 million euros of ICO guarantee lines to guarantee the liquidity of the sector and 151 million euros in investment in the transformation and digitization of the sector. In addition, specific areas of action are established in this plan: the reinforcement of smart and sustainable destinations, training programs, training and digitization for companies, businesses and workers in the sector.
Finally, the agreement includes a commitment that will allow taxpayers and their representatives to interact with the Tax Agency through digital systems such as videoconferencing.
The pact has been confirmed by Ciudadanos through a statement identical to that of Moncloa, but this time there has been no disparity in the messages. The spokesman for the orange formation in Congress, Edmundo Bal, has commented on the pact through social networks, assuring that they will support the latest extension “out of prudence, thinking of the general interest and because we believe that it is the best way to guarantee a exit it without risking steps back in this tough fight against the coronavirus. ”
Bal boasts that the Government has “accepted our conditions”, which reduces to three: that the measures will be the same throughout Spain, “without privileges”; complete “plan B so that the alarm state does not have to be activated again if there are outbreaks”, and a plan to reactivate tourism within 15 days.