The Government is going to register today in the Senate a request for the appearance of the president, Pedro Sánchez, to explain the measures of the energy saving plan and hold a debate with Alberto Núñez Feijóo, as has just been announced by Isabel Rodríguez, minister spokesperson, in the subsequent press conference of the Council of Ministers. The president thus picks up the glove thrown at him by the leader of the PP, who last Saturday asked the president for a face-to-face meeting in the upper house to talk about Spain’s problems, especially the energy and inflation crisis derived from the war in Ukraine . The debate between the two leaders will be next Tuesday. The Council of Ministers has also approved the abortion bill, which aims to protect both this right and other sexual and reproductive rights of women in public health, such as temporary disabilities due to painful rules.
With this request for a monographic appearance on energy at the request of Sánchez himself, the Government agrees to go to the clash in the Senate with Alberto Núñez, since the Galician politician is not a deputy, but a senator and in the Lower House he has to delegate the representation of the PP . Until now, the PSOE referred that debate to the control sessions of the upper house, where Feijóo can only be a spectator. The date of the debate will be decided by the Senate, whose Table and Board of Spokespersons meet this Wednesday. But the president of the Senate, the socialist Ander Gil, has already announced that the appearance will be next Tuesday.
Rodríguez has detailed that Sánchez wants to “report on the energy saving plan and its territorial perspective”, because “indeed it has a very important impact on all territories”, one of the arguments that Feijóo used on Saturday. “We want us to dedicate ourselves to confronting, to proposing models and projects. Let it be a serious, constructive, purposeful debate, a debate of ideas”, insisted the also Minister of Territorial Policy. The Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, already advanced last Sunday from Rome that Sánchez would be “delighted to discuss” with Feijóo.
Well, we already have news. Next Tuesday the President of the Government appears at his own request in @Senadoesp @sanchezcastejon will report on the energy saving and management plan that the Government has designed, so that the costs of this crisis are not paid by the usual ones. pic.twitter.com/ulHyESV52Y
– Ander Gil (@Ander_Gil) August 30, 2022
The spokeswoman has insisted that the Government “has a plan”, while showing her surprise at Feijóo’s position: “I am surprised that the leader of the main opposition party has nothing more to say to the Spanish than to ask them and wish you restlessness”, he added.
On the other hand, the aforementioned bill on abortion, approved on May 17, enshrines the right of 16 and 17-year-old women to decide to interrupt a pregnancy without parental authorization being required, and eliminates the three days of reflection introduced by the reform of the PP in 2015 the PP, in its modification of the current regulation of 2010. The Executive has decided to send the regulation to Congress without the reports of the General Council of the Judiciary and the Fiscal Council, which do not have been issued on time. “The Judiciary has not done its job, since it has not issued its report [preceptivo sobre la ley] on time, but we cannot paralyze the law, the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, said this morning on RNE.
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The meeting was chaired by Vice President Nadia Calviño, since Pedro Sánchez is a special guest this morning of the German Prime Minister, Olaf Scholz, at the Meseberg Palace, 70 kilometers from Berlin, where the Spaniard has been invited to reinforce his political alliance and draw a common line on the most important issue of the moment, the energy crisis and the possible alternatives to Russian gas, including the interconnection between Spain and Europe through the Pyrenees (the so-called MidCat gas pipeline), which has the enthusiasm from Madrid and backing from Berlin.