Pedro Sánchez has assured that, this time, the price of the electricity bill will be lowered thanks to the gas cap that Brussels has not yet approved. The President of the Government has taken advantage of the last appearance in Congress, where he has had to detail his volantazo in the Sahara and the results of the last European Council, to return to rescue his star plan as a measure to fight inflation and has asked the opposition to validate the Royal Decree on energy policy that arrives this Thursday to Congress.
"Once approved by Brussels, the mechanism will automatically come into force after the validation of the Royal Decree Law", added the president without detailing when it will be noticed in the bill and how the community negotiations are going. The president, however, amended himself with the impact that this measure will have on the bill.
"It will mean a reduction of between 15% and 20% in electricity prices for families and companies in our country", assured Pedro Sánchez. A full-fledged rectification since during these three months since Brussels approved the energy island, the President of the Government has been assuring that the reduction would be 40%. After more than 90 days, Sánchez assures that the effect will be imminent.
"A scam" for the PP
The opposition has reproached him for asking for the endorsement while the real effect on the bill is still unknown."What happened to his promise to lower 40% of the electricity bill? Today he has spoken of 15 or 20, happy if he manages to reach 7 or 8%," said the PP spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra, who has branded the Government's proposal as a "scam".
"Brussels gave you the key to lower the electricity bill of the Spanish and you have not been able to lower it by a single euro because you have not implemented the mechanism in April, or in May, or in June," has reproached the PP spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra. "How does he intend to validate what we still do not know and Europe has not yet given the go-ahead?", added the Riojan politician on the offer of Sanchez to support the Royal Decree.
He barely explains about the Sahara
Three months is also the time it has taken Sánchez to give explanations before Congress for his foreign policy reversal in the Maghreb after his letter, sent to Mohamed VI, in which he recognized Western Sahara as part of the Alaouite kingdom.
The President of the Government took more than half an hour to explain this change and he did so without explaining who wrote the letter, why his Government, nor the opposition, nor Algeria knew about it. Explanations that have been limited to ensure that a new stage has been opened with Morocco, whose balance "is positive", and has returned to frame his change in the policy defended by the UN and the usual explanations of "Moroccan autonomy is the most serious, credible and realistic basis".
He admits the shift
The president did admit the change, assuring that"47 years should be enough to move our positions and framed it in "the impulse to a new time in the relations between Spain and Morocco", which, according to Sánchez, "is a reality", while he assured that "we are clearer about where to go", although he did not detail the compensations that have been received, although he did emphasize that the integrity of "Ceuta and Melilla" will be respected.
"Spain has not disengaged from the cause of the Saharawi people, on the contrary, we have placed the debate where we believe it has to be in the active search for a political solution", added Sanchez while he promised that, as proof of the commitment, this summer will return to plans to host Saharawi children during the summer months.
Criticism from partners
Sanchez's position on the Sahara has not pleased his partners who have charged against him. "Morocco is the aggressor power and the Sahara, the attacked country. Of course there has to be an agreement accepted by both parties, it would only be missing, but as a government we have to defend the position of the attacked country", said Pablo Echenique.
The PP spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra, has also charged hard against the President of the Government. "To this day we still do not know who negotiated the famous letter, who took it to the palace to King Mohamed VI, because what we are convinced is that even Mr. Albares knows the name of the ministry. Nor has he clarified whether this is related to the Pegasus spying and what files were taken from his cell phone," said the popular spokeswoman.