President Pedro Sánchez puts in a drawer some of the commitments he has made with his parliamentary partners. The Government does not plan to approve this year the Crown Law or the reform of the Penal Code to decriminalize (as claimed by ERC) the crimes of rebellion, sedition and insults to the Crown.
The Council of Ministers approved its regulatory plan for 2022 this Tuesday, in which it undertakes to process 368 regulations throughout this year (with an average of one a day): 11 organic laws (for which it requires an absolute majority in the Courts), 81 ordinary laws and 276 decrees. That is, an average of one standard per day.
In the press conference after the Council of Ministers, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, announced that this commitment includes the processing of the Housing Law (which will regulate the price of rents), a Law against trafficking networks. women (which equates to the abolition of prostitution), a Law against Racism and other forms of intolerance, a Science Law and an Industry Law (the current one was approved in 1992).
However, Minister Bolaños has clarified that it is not planned to approve this year neither the Crown Law (which, as announced at the time, is negotiated with the House of the King) nor the decriminalization of the crimes of rebellion, sedition and insults to the Crown promised to its independence partners of ERC.
In an interview with TVE in January 2020, President Pedro Sánchez was in favor of reforming the crimes of rebellion and sedition because, he argued, the 1-O crisis in Catalonia “has shown that we have a Penal Code that does not correspond to the time that Spain has had to live ”.
After hearing the Supreme Court ruling on October 1, ERC once again insisted on the need for this reform, although from Pere Aragonés’ party they warned that “it is a carrot for the independence movement to approve the General State Budgets in exchange for nothing. ».
Regarding the Crown Law, Jaume Asens announced in December 2020 that the text was well advanced and would be sent to the Cortes imminently. The president of the United Podemos parliamentary group announced that this rule will serve to control the expenses of the House of the King and to prohibit the Monarch from doing business parallel to his institutional position or having bank accounts abroad.
As EL ESPAÑOL has reported, La Moncloa has been working discreetly for months, in collaboration with the Casa del Rey, to address a “modernization” of the Constitutional Monarchy that Government sources have equated with the perestroika by Mikhail Gorbachev.
The Government does plan to approve this year the Law for the Prevention of Conflicts of Interest in the Public Sector (which will regulate the second activities of public office, as well as the possible reasons for incompatibility and abstention) and will incorporate the regulation into the Transparency Law of interest groups or lobbies.
The Executive of Pedro Sánchez also intends to carry out this year the Law of Equity, Universality and Cohesion of the National Health System (which “will permanently eliminate the health co-payment,” according to Minister Bolaños), the reform of the Comprehensive Protection Law Against Gender Violence and a transposition of the European regulations on the reconciliation of family and work life.
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