• riverbank summon the communities the eve of the decree begins to apply to reduce tension and resolve outstanding issues

    • On behalf of the central Executive, the director of the IDAE will attend the meeting, Joan Groizardgiven that it is a meeting of a technical nature

    The Government tries to put out the fire of the last few days on account of the energy saving and efficiency plan. The third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, sent this Friday a letter to the autonomous communities to summon them to a meeting on the morning of this coming Tuesday, August 9, to clarify Doubts on the application of Royal decree law what will enter effective one day later, on Wednesday 10.

    the summons, advanced by ‘El Español’ and confirmed to this newspaper by sources from the department led by Ribera, is from technical characterand in fact it will be directed, on behalf of the Government, by the general director of the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE), Joan Groizardwhich is the body that pilots these policies.

    What is scheduled for Tuesday morning, in fact, is the Consultative Commission of General Directorsand with this meeting Transition intends to resolve all doubts that have been emerging in recent days, especially those relating to occupational health and safety. Ministry sources pointed out that it is not about any “exceptional format”, since the Consultative Commission is held “habitually” and at all times “the issues that are necessary” are addressed, from the management of European funds, the self-consumption regulations or now this standard.

    The Consultative Commission of General Directors is not an “exceptional format”, they say in the ministry: it is held “regularly” and at all times “the issues that are necessary” are addressed

    Since the Council of Ministers approved the decree law last Monday, questions have not stopped coming, but also critics by some autonomies —especially the PP, although also at the beginning of the PNV, which later backed down— and by some sectors regarding the energy saving plan. The most rebellious community, the one that has practically called for insubordination, is Madrid. But the questions about the small print even made Ribera herself specify this Friday on Onda Cero that bars and shops will be able to put the air conditioning in “around 25 degrees”, following the labor legislation, which also includes the decree.

    The vice president insisted that the measures contained in the text will be applied with “flexibility” and gave examples such as those of discos, kitchens or gyms, which require a different temperature than that of a bookstore. “You cannot ask workers who are in conditions of important physical exercise to do not have the conditions guaranteed by labor law with respect to the maximum and minimum temperatures,” said Ribera.

    Light and sedentary jobs

    The Article 29 of the decree includes this “flexibility” The vice president was talking about this Friday: “The temperature thresholds indicated above [no superior a 19 ºC en los recintos calefactados y no inferior a 27 ºC en aquellos que estén refrigerados, siempre que la humedad relativa se sitúe entre el 30% y el 70%] must be adjusted, where appropriate, to comply with the provisions of Royal Decree 486/1997, of April 14which establishes the minimum health and safety provisions in workplaces”. royal decree of 1997 is the one that specifies that the temperature, for the so-called light work (those that imply mobility and physical effort of the worker), must be between 14 ºC and 25 ºC, and that in the sedentary jobs oscillate between 17 ºC and 27 ºC.

    Ribera stresses that the decree will be applied with flexibility, so that bars and shops may have temperatures around 25 ºC

    In addition, the decree law emphasizes that “these enclosures that justify the need to maintain special environmental conditions or have a specific regulation that establishes it. In this case, there must be a physical separation between the premises and the adjoining premises that are required to maintain the conditions indicated above.

    These exceptions explain why the temperature threshold is not applied, therefore, in kitchens, gyms, hairdressers… or in those places where the cold chain must be preserved.

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    Ribera stressed that the law “is to be fulfilled” and represents a “reasonable effort and with respect to working conditions that, in any case, must be taken into account.” He stressed that the Government, as this newspaper has been reporting, will not make any changes. This is a “first package” of measures, he recalled, and “the minimum impact on productive activity” is pursued.

    For the vice president, the focus of the debate was “deliberately changed”, emphasizing how to break the regulations and avoid a sanction, and not so much thinking about saving

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    The vice president assured that there has been “previous dialogue” with the autonomous communities before the approval of the savings plan, despite the fact that different governments (of the PP, but also the PNV) have complained about the unilateral imposition of the measures. In Catalunya Ràdio he stated that last Thursday the sectoral conferences on energy and the environment, in which the promotion of the package of “immediate measures” and the articulation of a contingency plan for September were transferred, and for which the Autonomous Communities were asked to present proposals.

    “We had a conversation extremely constructive, positivethere was a very high consensus on the need to adopt measures that would have the least possible impact on the productive fabric,” he said, reports Europa Press, although he was predisposed to open all avenues of dialogue, as he has finally done. In his opinion , the focus has been “deliberately changed”, emphasizing how to break the regulations and avoid a sanction and not thinking about the objective of saving, which is what inspires the plan and what Europe asks for. Ribera said it, of course, for Madrid.

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