08/06/2022 at 18:31

    EST


    The counselor, Paloma Martín, has insisted that the rule approved by the Council of Ministers “was not consulted at any time with the autonomous communities”

    The Councilor for the Environment, Housing and Agriculture of the Community of Madrid, Paloma Martínhas sent a letter to the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, in which she asks her to convene a meeting with the councilors in the face of the “uncertainties” raised by the decree on energy saving measures.

    In it, Martín highlights that the purpose of the advisory commission convened for Tuesday is “solve possible doubts about the application of article 29 of the Royal Decreewith measures that have to enter into force that same day”, which means that “there is no room for action to give certainty to merchants and sectors affected by the measures”.

    The counselor has insisted that the regulation approved a week ago by the Council of Ministers “was not consulted at any time with the autonomous communities”to which he adds that the approved decree “far exceeds the public Administration, with measures that affect business initiative, such as the commercial sector (shops, supermarkets or department stores), places of public attendance (theaters, cinemas, auditoriums , congress centers or exhibition halls and the like), public entertainment establishments and recreational activities, as well as restaurants”.

    “Now it convenes the Consultative Commission for Saving and Energy Efficiency, an advisory body, and it does so without complying with the applicable regulations, without receiving the communities; at least two days in advance (they are not business days or Saturday or Sunday) ; without containing the agenda of the meeting and without the information on the topics, which should be available to the members in the same period”, he pointed out.

    And while the Spanish continue “paying the most expensive electricity bill in history”. “Given the seriousness of the matter and the uncertainties raised by the decree, I ask you, Minister, to convene the competent advisers on the matter,” the letter concludes.

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