Azpiazu assures that “when you work with a real desire to seek meeting points, you get”



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The Minister of Economy and Finance has circumscribed the agreement with EH Bildu to the “budgetary framework” and has said that if consensus arises on other points they will be “welcome”, although he has not wanted to “speculate” on what “implications” could have this agreement in other areas.

The Minister of Economy and Finance, Pedro Azpiazu, has valued “very positively” the budget agreement reached between the Basque Government and EH Bildu and has ensured that “when working with real willingness to seek meeting points, it is achieved “.

Pedro Azpiazu has intervened this Thursday telematically when he was confined at home, to refer to the agreement reached with EH Bildu to expand support for the Budgets of Euskadi 2022.

“We believe that this agreement is good, at a time when the economic situation and the situation of the pandemic require strengthening consensus to launch a positive image to the whole of society,” he said.

In that sense, it has valued the effort made by EH Bildu to find meeting points and reach this agreement, because it shows that “in Euskadi things can be done differently, and that the politics of viability and dialogue is possible “.

“A useful policy exercise“have been the words used by the counselor to describe an agreement that” focuses on improving the well-being of citizens, our companies, and youth; that seeks to solve problems through a consensual public economic policy “.” In short, a policy in capital letters, without noise and without fanfare, “he said.

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Asked about the possibility of reaching political agreements in other areas with EH Bildu, as in the debate on the new status, Azpiazu has assured that “our commitment is in the budgetary framework, but if from here there are other agreements, welcome will be” .

However, the counselor has avoided speculating on what implications this agreement could have in other areas. “An agreement is better than a disagreement for any future collaboration in other areas, we will see how events unfold,” he added.

Azpiazu has reported that after the first meeting with EH Bildu on November 10, in which they delivered their first proposal, both negotiating teams have worked intensively for 20 days with the utmost discretion.

In this sense, he explained that they have “been adapting their requirements to our possibilities, we have even entered to assess some political commitments, always within our scope of competence and our capabilities, and we have adjusted the terms of the agreement, until we find the right final document. The goal was this agreement, and that is how both parties have proposed it. Step by step. “

The Basque Government has an absolute majority to carry out its accounts and quantitatively the support of EH Bildu was not essential, but Azpiazu considers it “very relevant as it is a sign that, right now, the Basque Country needs dialogue, large doses of listening and agreements that benefit Basque society “.

After talking about the importance of “humility and generosity” in politics, Azpiazu has focused on the “strategic” relevance of next year’s budgets for economic reactivation, “generation of employment opportunities and the guarantee of cohesion social “in Euskadi.

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He recalled that the “political” agreement covers the areas of work and employment, housing and R + D + i, and that the economic measures are focused on health, mainly to reinforce Primary Care, to combat the climatic emergency and guarantee well-being. energy, the reinforcement of social protection measures and the promotion of youth emancipation policies.

Azpiazu also referred to the review of the OECD growth forecasts for the whole of Spain and has shown his reassurance about their possible impact on the Basque Country, and more specifically, on these budgets.

He recalled that the increase in collection expected for next year is 3%, a “very conservative” forecast, and that it is linked to a nominal GDP growth of around 10%.

“There will be no problems meeting the collection forecasts”, Azpiazu concluded, who has acknowledged concern about the “slowdown” in economic growth, but not because of its impact on budgets.


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