Add: Yolanda Díaz chooses professionals from outside politics to build her project | Spain


Yolanda Díaz, during the presentation of the Sumar work teams, this Friday, in Madrid.JJ Guillén (EFE)

Yolanda Díaz surrounds herself with technical profiles, with prestigious professionals, to shape Sumar, the political project that she promotes with an eye on the general elections. The second vice president presented this Friday to the 35 coordinators (19 women and 16 men) of the “analysis and debate” teams in charge of providing content to the process, who will work until approximately until February to prepare a document that allows having “a long look” on the country model. Except for exceptions, such as the deputy of United We Can in the Madrid Assembly Agustín Moreno or the councilor of Compostela Aberta, Marta Lois, there are no political positions in the direction of the project. The head of Labor has incorporated some recognized names, such as the analyst Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca, an intellectual from the orbit of former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, in charge of leading the group on Democratic Quality; the Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga (Culture); the activist Yayo Herrero (Just Ecological Transition); the philosopher and essayist César Rendueles (Well-being and social rights) and university professors.

During the presentation, Díaz advocated weaving “a citizen, progressive, European and green movement” and defended a calm process, capable of “reviewing history and carrying out pending tasks”, he stated. “That is why the project for the country does not adapt to electoral times (…) Imagination cannot be restricted to the size of a ballot box or the size of an electoral list,” he added. Precisely Sánchez Cuenca has asked him during his speech for time and a certain independence from the political guidelines to be able to work comfortably in each of the areas. The working groups cover very diverse topics. From youth or digitization with rights, to health and mental health, decent work, the economy and the production model, the elderly, sports, decent housing, sustainable mobility, energy or international politics.

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The vice president has outlined some of the axes on which her project will pivot and has once again defended the need to “widen democracy”. “The time has come for the great business reform. We need dynamic, sustainable companies that innovate”, she pointed out. She has also called for “reinventing the welfare state”, talking about “time of life and time of work”, but also of care and addressing the climate emergency.

Díaz has also emphasized the convenience of carrying out a reform of public revenues, an open debate now with the negotiation of the Budgets within the coalition. “We need large corporations to pay what they have to pay”, he claimed just two days after the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, announced that the Government is studying a temporary tax on large fortunes, a historic claim by United We Can .

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The people who have decided to put all their knowledge in our project and in the different groups are the following.

Model of Europe, cooperation or migrations are central issues in the current situation that we have to think about together. pic.twitter.com/vohr4bfBfe

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The vice president has entered the Espacio Larra in Madrid flanked by Agustín Moreno and Marta Lois. The latter, a person very close to Díaz and one of the main coordinators of the project (she herself will lead the Care area), has been in charge of presenting the groups. Among the attending public were the former mayor of Rivas Pedro del Cura or the deputy of Podemos Txema Guijarro.

The magistrate of the Supreme Court and former vice president of the General Council of the Judiciary Fernando Salinas will deal with the area of ​​Justice. Among the teachers, Arantxa Elizondo (Feminism and equality), Marina Echebarría (LGTBIQ+ rights and freedoms), Margarita Barañano (University), Joaquín Sevilla (Science and innovation), the architect Zaida Muxí (Urban issue) or Ramón Máiz (Territorial model) .

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Throughout these months and in parallel to the elaboration of the project, Díaz will tour a good part of the territory to try to mobilize the citizenry and serve as a shock to the apathy of the progressive electorate. The fit of the political parties in his platform will come later, although a good part of the United We Can space has already given its explicit support to the vice president. Her decision on whether she will opt for the presidency will have to wait for the experts to conclude their work and the document with the conclusions is presented, although at this point there is little doubt about her intentions.

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