The President of the Government took advantage of his visit to Palma de Mallorca on Tuesday -where he went to despatch with King Felipe VI, and to attend the inauguration of the new Attorney General of the State, Álvaro García Ortiz- to reproach Isabel Díaz Ayuso that it is not willing to strictly apply the Royal Decree on energy saving approved by the Council of Ministers, and that it happens, among other measures, by forcing to turn off the light in the shop windows of commercial premises, or the lighting in public buildings, starting at ten o’clock at night.
From the Almudaina Palace, Pedro Sánchez stressed at a press conference, and this time without a tie – as a symbol of energy saving-, that the law in Spain is there to comply, inviting the political class to “flee from any selfish, unilateral and unsupportive behavior and decision”.
The socialist leader framed his speech in a European key and recalled that the president of the Commission, Ursula Von der Leyenjust two days ago he gave an interview to the newspaper The worldwhere he pointed out that no energy scenario can be ruled out in Europe, as long as the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, continues to use energy as a weapon of blackmail against Ukraine and the EU.
“Darkness, Sadness and Poverty”
It should be remembered that, the president of the Community of Madrid He was one of the first leaders to react to Sánchez’s plan, pointing out that these actions will end up scaring away tourism, consumption and generating more insecurity in the cities. “Darkness, sadness and poverty,” he stated.
Contrary to the Royal Decree, Madrid adds that, like the rest of the Autonomous Communities, has the power to defend with legal autonomy that the establishments do not turn off their lighting, as well as the public buildings that correspond to the different autonomies.
In addition, Ayuso indicated, the correct thing is that Sánchez, before closing and banning, he would have consulted with citizens and administrations, because it is a plan that cannot be applied uniformly to each of the corners of Spain. In this way, the Madrid administration considers a law firm of the Royal Decree, so it does not rule out going to the Constitutional Court to defend its powers in matters of Commerce, appealing to the spirit of other royal decrees approved during the pandemic, and which were finally dismissed by the Constitutional Court.
On social networks, the president of the Community of Madrid wrote this Tuesday that Spain is off until my electoral campaign begins to be in solidarity with the EU, in a critical allusion to Pedro Sánchez’s decision.
The answer – continued Ayuso – is NO: “reduce 20,000 million of useless expenses of its 22 ministries”.
Sánchez says: Spain is off until my electoral campaign begins to show solidarity “with the EU”.
The answer is NO: reduce 20,000 million of useless expenses of its 22 ministries.
— Isabel Diaz Ayuso (@IdiazAyuso) August 2, 2022
In his meeting with the media, the President of the Government also made a political analysis of the unemployment data known this Tuesday, and that leave the statistics with the worst unemployment balance for a month of July, for 20 years.
However, Sánchez valued the structural change in employment, arguing that these data must now be read “with different lenses”, after the labor reform that transformed permanent discontinuous workers into permanent workers.
In this sense, he indicated that in July there is an increase in permanent hiring by 145,000 jobs, and it is at historical highs. A trend that Nadia Calviño corroborated, not without admitting a slowdown in the labor market in the second part of the month.