Vice President of Economic Affairs

The Government stops its assault on the INE with the appointment of Manzanera and calms officials and Europe


Calvio tries to recover lost credit by avoiding the choice of a political profile. “He is the right person”, they defend in Economy

The Vice President of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvio.EFE

The Government assault on the National Institute of Statistics (INE) even provoked warnings from Europe. Of course, he bothered the organization’s officials internally and threatened to discredit the work of a basic institution in the economic life of any developed country. For this reason, the possibility of a political appointment taking place and that the new president bowed to the wishes of the Executive was a very dangerous scenario.

But all that seems to have been cleared or, at least, contained with the decision of the first vice president, Nadia Calvioto choose Elena Manzanera as president of the INE after the resignation of Juan Rodriguez Poo. That is what is transmitted with the choice of a technical profile, without a political past and especially liked at the Institute of Statistics.

Manzanera has developed her entire career in Andalusia, in positions far removed from politics for the most part and who, in addition, was appointed president of the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography in the first months of the first Government of Andalusia. Juanma Moreno. It depended, specifically, on the Minister of the Economy who managed citizenswhich helps to avoid suspicions about his possible relationship with the PSOE, and sources from the Junta confirm that he enjoyed a good reputation.

In Economy they point out that the appointment exclusively on their merits. That a selection process has been carried out, which has caused Rodríguez Poo to be in office for a month, and Manzanera is the most suitable person, they emphasize in the Ministry that depends on Calvio. It is the most suitable profilethey insist, while affirming that there was no doubt about the work of Juan Rodríguez Poo.

But the truth is that the outgoing president did feel questioned, that the euphemism for personal reasons he used in his resignation contained an evident lack of support after the numerous doubts and criticisms expressed by different members of the government. From Calvio, that he came to develop a parallel index to measure the evolution of the economy. But also from the Minister of Finance, Mary Jess Monteropointing out that the collection data did not agree with the figures of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or of the person in charge of Social Security, Jose Luis Escriv, which indicates the same but referring to the progress of the labor market. And, in addition, sources from the Executive do point out that in the election of Manzanera there is an evident attempt to recover part of the lost credit.

The new president of the INE, Elena Manzanera.
The new president of the INE, Elena Manzanera.JUNTA OF ANDALUCA

It will not be easy for him, first of all because Rodríguez Poo enjoys great respect in the economic field and has extensive experience. He’s Professor of Fundamentals of Economic Analysiswas also from the University of Zaragoza and his teaching career includes the Universities of the Basque Country, Geneva and Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, in addition to directing the Cantabrian Institute of Statistics for seven years.

Manzanera has a degree in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Seville, although the fact that she has been at the Andalusian Institute since 1990 is not a minor endorsement. But beyond that, what will be valued is the independence that it demonstrates from the Government. For now, the advance data regarding the GDP for the second quarter has already been published, and the confirmation will not arrive until September. Before, on the 12th of this month, the INE must confirm the inflation figure for July, when prices rebounded up to 10.8%. And a few days later, at the end of the month, the CPI for August will be released, with the forecast that it will remain in two figures, that is, above 10%.


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