Miquel Iceta I could not have chosen a better day to close the economic forum of EL ESPAÑOL on post-Covid Andalusia. This Wednesday, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, gave an A to Spain in its Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. “It is a happy coincidence,” admitted the minister. “European funds will allow us to work more and better for what Spain needs, which is a lot.”
There is a lot of money but because many reforms are needed. For Iceta, our country cannot be considered finished, “there are always levels of rights conquests to be achieved”.
The minister, who is one of Territorial Policy, did not want to start without remembering the father of the autonomies, an illustrious Andalusian recently deceased, Manuel Clavero Arévalo. “No one contributed as decisively as he to solving the constituent problem after the death of the dictator, which was to move from a centralist state to a politically decentralized one.”
Just arrived from Madrid to Seville, on the AVE trip he crossed paths with the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, who was bequeathed to Madrid for a bilateral meeting with Pedro Sánchez: “That word that some are afraid of,” joked Iceta , “bilaterality … but it is normal!”
Moreno claimed two days ago in the EL ESPAÑOL forum “the same bilaterality as Catalonia.” And Minister Iceta shares it, offering the transfers that still have to be claimed from San Telmo: “The professors of religion and Prison Health, I hope we will fix it soon,” he said with a smile.
In any case, Iceta made it clear that for him the Autonomies make up a “country that is federal” although he does not know it. And that it needs to be strengthened to be truly so: “The CCAA should have more influence in the definition of public policies,” defended the also leader of the PSC. “We must strengthen the institutions that we already have”, such as the Conference of Presidents and the Senate, “and find which ones serve what is lacking, which is the common government, federal institutions, and above all, the federal culture.”
And that is common loyalty, “respect for the law and a commitment to solidarity among all,” he recalled.