La Moncloa is working on two photos of great institutional relevance for next week, just after the new concentration promoted by the opposition against the Government in Madrid’s Plaza de Colón.
The Government finalizes the details of the meeting on Monday in Brussels of Pedro Sánchez with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, just a few days before one of the most significant milestones for the deployment of the 140,000 million euros of European funds corresponding to Spain.
According to different sources from the executive branch, Ursula Von der Leyen plans to travel to Madrid to formalize the agreement between the European Commission and Spain on the recovery plan; the implementation decision, which is the process prior to the rdefinitive atification of the plan by the Council for Economic and Financial Affairs (Ecofin), “before the summer.” From that moment on, member states may have access to advances of funds, for a value of up to 13% of the total that corresponds to them.
Photo of Pedro Sánchez with Von der Leyen, scheduled for June 16
Government sources understand that the visit of the president of the Commission will be a boost to the government’s plan, in the midst of the opposition’s offensive for pardons. The agendas “are changing”, but they are working so that That photo takes place on Wednesday June 16, just after that first contact by Pedro Sánchez and Joe Biden on Monday in Brussels.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs they do not foresee that this appointment with Biden will lead to concrete commitments, they see it more as an opportunity for both leaders to get to know each other. The meeting will serve to “open agendas to exchange future visits”, according to Sánchez’s diplomatic team, which has been working for months to make it possible. The reason for this first trip to Europe of the American president is the celebration of the NATO Summit, on the 14th.
The photo of Colón with Pablo Casado, Albert Rivera and Santiago Abascal in February 2019 was the great argument that Pedro Sánchez embraced for the call for the April 28 elections, with the photos of Biden and Von der Leyen now Moncloa intends to counter the effect of the new concentration in the symbolic Madrid square and reinforce the stability message of the legislature and confidence in the Government, which is what Pedro Sánchez claims in his public statements on the granting of pardons.