He admits that there are “reasons for concern” although he asks not to fall into discouragement
MADRID, 5 (EUROPE PRESS)
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, warned this Monday that he is going to combat the idea that “the one who governs is elected but not the one who commands” and the “widespread” perception that there are powers “that do not present themselves to the elections but who decide and influence the politics and laws of the Executive”, he indicated.
In an act in La Moncloa that has marked the beginning of the political course, the president has invited fifty citizens who had written to the Presidency of the Government throughout this legislature to convey their concerns and requests. Thus, Sánchez has pointed out that there are reasons for concern about the current economic outlook, although he has asked not to fall into mistrust and discouragement.
Thus, he added that he will fight against the “generalized” belief that there is an economic power “above” the political power that emanates from the democratic vote and the institutions that represent it.
During his speech, Sánchez has defended the action of the Executive that governs for the middle and working class, as he has maintained, against the interests of “the economic powers” and those who, as he has launched, “believe that they have the innate right to monopolize and condition debate in the public sphere”.
REQUEST COMPANIES TO CHANGES IN THE WORKING HOURS
Sánchez -who this year has changed the traditional opening ceremony of the course together with businessmen for this new format in which he seeks to show closeness to citizens- has also sent another message to private companies so that they allow a working day that ” benefits” society and young people and play in favor of family reconciliation.
Thus, he has indicated that combining work and family life will be one of the challenges of the coming years and has pointed out that the current schedules cause a birth rate “as low” as the current one and prevent caring for children “as we would like”, has pointed.
On the other hand, regarding the current situation in the country, the head of the Executive has admitted that there are “reasons for concern” although he has asked “not to fall into mistrust and discouragement” since, as he has assured, the foundations of the economy are “solid” and this is confirmed by the data, he indicated.
WARNS AGAINST THE “PROPHETS OF DISASTER”
In this sense, he has asked not to get carried away by the “easy speech to announce the disaster” issued by the “prophets of disaster” in veiled reference to the PP and its leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.
Thus, he has indicated that it is not his intention to put “hot cloths” on a situation that he has described as “extremely complex and of absolute uncertainty” due to the course of the war in Ukraine, as he has transferred. In this sense, he has pointed out that it is not known, for example, if Russia is going to definitively cut off gas to Europe or how long the war is going to last.
In spite of everything, he has asked “not to pay the speech of fear”, and not to fall “neither into euphoria and complacency” but not “into catastrophism” either. On the contrary, he has called for “acting with realism” and confidence in the country’s possibilities to overcome adversity. “We did it with covid and we are going to do it with the economic and social consequences of the war,” she said.
“SOLID” ECONOMIC DATA
Sánchez has asked to look at the economic data “broadly” and has raised the chest of some. Thus, he has indicated that Spain is the economy of the European Union and of the developed economies that grows at the highest rate; that August closed with 409,000 fewer unemployed than the same month a year ago; that there are more than 20 million people contributing to Social Security, exceeding the figures of contributors prior to the pandemic by almost 700,000 people.
He has also defended that so far this year almost four and a half million contracts have been signed for an indefinite period, “almost triple compared to the same comparable period of the previous year”, he indicated. Also, that the debt and the public deficit continue to be reduced and industrial production is advancing, so that Spanish companies have increased their exports by 26% so far this year.
SAVINGS ON THE BILL
The president also highlighted that 27 million households in Spain benefit from the intervention in the energy market that the Iberian exception has meant, which has allowed Spanish consumers to save “2,000 million euros”, according to figures.
In this regard, he stated that without this intervention in the energy market “for which the Government of Spain fought”, today citizens would be paying “three times more than what they pay” and therefore other European governments want the same solution, indicated.