The Government will convene extraordinary sessions of Congress for the last week of January. This is how they let it transcend from Casa Rosada while the Executive finishes adjusting the details of the agenda that it will send to Parliament, which would include several of its priority projects to shore up the economic recovery and that did not have legislative treatment at the end of last year. The list could also include an eventual government agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the reform of the Magistracy Council that ended up rushing the Supreme Court of Justice’s ruling.
From the Executive they seek to recover the parliamentary initiative in a Congress whose composition after the legislative renewal of December 10 ended up complicating their plans. Among them, the opposition blockade of the 2022 Budget, which forced the Government to redirect the budget in 2021. The call for extraordinary sessions would be announced around January 20. Before that, the Minister of the Economy, Martín Guzmán, is scheduled to meet with the parliamentary leaders of the opposition alliance Together for Change to report details of the renegotiation that he is carrying out with the IMF.
The government decree will be accompanied by the project agenda that it will send to Congress. There is a long list of initiatives promoted and considered a priority by the Executive to fill the boxes and that were not dealt with in the extension of ordinary sessions that lasted until the last day of 2021.
They include the Hydrocarbons Law that has already entered the Senate; the Law for Agro-bioindustrial Development that was also sent to Congress; that of Electromobility, that of Automotive Industry and that of Buy Argentino, which gives preference to nationally produced goods. All projects aimed at propping up the economic recovery of the post-pandemic country. There is also the Fiscal Consensus 2022, which was signed by all the provinces except the City of Buenos Aires and that the governors have their expectations on Congress approving it.
The medical cannabis and industrial hemp law could be added to the list, which seeks to create a regulatory framework for the development of the activity and which has already been approved by the Senate. The same as the changes in the Monotax law, which allows the entry into the regime of people who start an economic activity or do it in the informal sector, grants tax benefits to the lowest categories and creates the “Productive Monotax” for workers of the popular economy.
The list could also include the modification of the Council of the Magistracy, whose own project the Government sent to the Senate in the first days of December, prior to the ruling of the Supreme Court that declared the reform carried out in 2006 unconstitutional. it took 15 years to resolve the “unconstitutionality” of the reform) entrusted Congress to enact a new law within 120 days, or to return to its old composition of 20 members. This generated uncertainty about the task that the Council will carry out during this transition.
The location of the Court did not sit well with the Government. The official project proposes to go from the current 13 members to 17. But given the possibility that the issue was part of the call for extraordinary sessions, the opposition presented their own project where the author -the head of the block of radical deputies Mario Negri- – proposes in tune with the courtiers to restore the old composition to the Council.
The Multi-Year Plan that President Alberto Fernández announced at the end of November, which contains the country’s economic program for the next five years, was put on hold, and it was not sent to Congress.