PSOE and United We Can not reach an agreement on the measures that the Executive is going to include in the new anti-crisis decree that will be approved on Saturday in an extraordinary Council of Ministers
The PSOE and United We Can have finished this Thursday night without an agreement the meeting in which the measures that the executive will include in new anti-crisis decree which will be approved next Saturday in an extraordinary Council of Ministerssources from the coalition have informed Europa Press, confirming that the contacts will continue until a consensus is reached.
On the table are some of the claims that United We Can have proposed in recent weeks for the extension of the decree with which the Executive will try to alleviate the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine.
Specifically, the purple formation wants include a 10-point increase in corporate tax for electricity companies –up to 35%– and a check of 300 euros to the people “hardest hit by the crisis”, as proposed by the second vice president and minister of labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz. Also a 50% reduction in the prices of transport passes to encourage the use of public transport, a measure requested by the Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra.
From the socialist area, the Minister of Territorial Policy and Government Spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, confirmed in a television interview that the decision on the tax on electricity “has been made” and “communicated” and called for an “effort” from the energy companies . Along these lines, the head of the Treasury, María Jesús Montero, also saw favorably in taxing the “scandalous” profits of the electricity companies and “that they contribute more” to the collection.
For her part, the economic vice president, Nadia Calvinoassured to “ignore” the fiscal proposal proposed by the Vice President of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, for the large electricity companies, although he assured that, in any case, “the entire government is aligned” with the aim of ensuring “a fair distribution” of the impact of the war in Ukraine, and among them, he stressed, is “taxing or avoiding extraordinary benefits of electric companies”.
The anti-crisis decree that will be approved on Saturday will collect a new VAT reduction on electricity from 10% to 5% announced this Wednesday by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the control session of the Executive, with which they intend to “protect the families of our country”.
In this way, the Executive is going to extend for three more months the measures that were approved on March 29 and that they are in force until the end of June, as announced at the time by the president, Pedro Sánchez.
Among the approved measures is the reduction of 20 euro cents per liter of fuel, direct aid to sectors such as transport, livestock and dairy and the prohibition of raising rents above 2%. Also the increase of 15% of the minimum vital income, or the increase in the beneficiaries of the electricity bonus.
In recent weeks the Government has slipped that will apply some changes to the measures approved in that first decree, although it has not specified which of them will be modified, what those changes will consist of, or whether new measures will be applied.