This Thursday, Congress has validated the Royal Decree with which the Government intends to force electricity companies to return part of their extraordinary profits. However, late on Wednesday, the Executive reached an agreement with the main electricity companies to mitigate the ‘blow’. Podemos has warned Pedro Sánchez: “We are not going to accept any modification that harms families and benefits the oligopoly.”
This has been expressed by the spokesperson for Podemos in Congress, Pablo Echenique. The purple party knows that the resignation of Pedro Sánchez to the electricity companies will be a huge damage to the image of those from Belarra, who will be unable to explain to their voters why they are not doing anything to reduce the impact of the rise in electricity on the families
“If the PSOE wants to modify the Royal Decree, it will have to be with a new one that, of course, will have to agree with its partner,” Echenique recalled, adding that “we, obviously, are not going to accept any change that harms working people and benefit the electricity companies.
The reality is quite different. The Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto, has reached an agreement with the electricity companies after a round of contacts with the main companies in the country. The ‘sablazo’ to the benefits of the energy companies will be mitigated, since the Government is aware that legally it has everything to lose and, above all, due to the pressure exerted by the PNV.
The Basque nationalists are a key player in approving the «most expansive» Budgets in history, as the social-communist government has described them, but the jetzale They have already warned Pedro Sánchez that the decisions he was making in relation to the electricity companies have not liked him because they involve a “submission” to his partners, Podemos. And they reminded him that “because of things like that, governments fall.” A subtle way of telling Sánchez to choose between the electric chop or the Budgets.
If the PSOE wants to modify it, it will have to be with a new Royal Decree-law of the government that, of course, will have to agree with its partner.
And we – obviously – are not going to accept any changes that harm working people and benefit electricity companies.
– Pablo Echenique (@PabloEchenique) October 14, 2021
Pedro Sánchez has given up. All the measures taken by your Government to reduce the electricity bill have fallen on deaf ears. Nor will it be able to fulfill the promise that the Spanish will pay at the end of the year the same as they paid for electricity in 2018.
Now, Echenique’s words augur new tensions within the social-communist government. The light will continue to rise, according to all forecasts, and the ‘sablazo’ to the electricity will be lessened. With this panorama, the purple ones anticipate the bleeding of votes that they can suffer from being unable to do anything to reduce the cost of electricity. In addition, it has become clear that on this occasion the PNV has imposed its theses even without being in the Government but being a key piece for Sánchez to exhaust the legislature.
Pedro Sánchez’s great fear that the electricity companies could destabilize his Cabinet due to the measures against the rise in the price of electricity and gas, has been resolved this Wednesday with the agreement that the vice president has reached Teresa Ribera and the CEO of Iberdrola, to whose text OKDIARIO has had exclusive access.
The president of the company, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, had radically manifested itself against the proposal approved by the Council of Ministers, considering it a «terrifying interventionism». In addition, he pointed out that the company was going to rethink its entire investment policy in Spain due to the fiscal punishment regulated by Sánchez: a punishment that, basically, made the great sacrifice to reduce the electricity bill somewhat, was the one made by the companies and not by the state. With the handshake on Wednesday everyone seems to have relaxed their postures.