The State’s general budgets they will have to go back to Congress to be definitively approved after the Senate has approved an amendment to Compromís promotion of minority languages.
The text of the law has finally been approved by 139 votes in favor, 117 against and six abstentions after obtaining the support of other formations such as PP and ERC.
It is the only one of the almost 4,000 amendments presented in the Upper House that has gone ahead, but it has been enough to modify the budget text and force it to be returned to Congress instead of finishing its processing in the Senate. Despite this, it is expected that the Budgets can be voted on in the Lower House on December 28 and come into force on December 1 from January.
The Government, however, had final approval on Tuesday in the Senate after having received the support of its partners and having resolved the differences regarding audiovisual law with ERC, which even threatened to knock down the Budgets in the Senate.
I was expected, in fact, that the president of the Senate, Ander Gil, will announce the result of the telematic vote at 4:00 p.m., before beginning the plenary session of the control session to the Government. But the session started almost 15 minutes late and Gil has not announced the result of the vote.
Subsequently, the PP has confirmed the support of its senators for the Compromís amendment. In the text of the same, cast as a private vote by Senator Carles Mulet García, the promotion and dissemination of protected languages by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages to the autonomous communities of Galicia, Asturias, Euskadi, Navarra, Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, for an amount of 1.6 million euros.
“Sánchez: “If it helps the PP to rethink the use of co-official languages, it is welcome”“
Upon his departure from the Senate, the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has downplayed the delay in the final approval of the accounts: “If it is not today, it will be tomorrow or in a few days”. And he added: “If this helps the PP to rethink the use of co-official languages, it is welcome.”
Executive partner support
Anyway, The Executive will foreseeably close the chapter on Budgets next week, the second of the coalition, after months of negotiations with their partners (especially ERC, PNV and EH-Bildu), and with this the legislature is propped up.
For the process in the Senate, the majority of its partners, who already supported the accounts in Congress, did not introduce amendments, but yes ERC did after the government said that the 6% Catalan quota In the audiovisual law that the Republicans had agreed with the Executive in exchange for their support, it could not be applied to platforms such as Netflix for contravening the European directive. Finally, Esquerra withdrew its amendments after reaching a new agreement with the Government on audiovisual law.
Before passing through the Senate, the Budgets were approved in Congress on November 25, after the Executive reached other agreements with its partners, which included, for example, the transfer of the minimum vital income to the Basque Country and Catalonia or more investments to these regions. Now, they will have to be ratified there again.
The Budgets for 2022 include the higher spending ceiling and the highest social spending in history, partly due to the incorporation of European funds, and also the highest collection forecast.
Among the income measures, the establishment of a minimum effective rate of 15% on corporate tax for large companies or the reduction of deductible contributions to individual pension plans to 1,500 euros.
Among the expenses, the increase in pensions with the CPI and salaries of civil servants by 2%, as well as the housing and cultural bonds or 40,000 million investment.
The Government vetoes the reduction of VAT to hairdressers
On the other hand, the President of the Senate has accepted the disagreement raised by the Government against the proposal to include in the budgets a VAT reduction for hairdressing services, so it has not finally been included in the plenary session to be voted on this Tuesday.
Seven parties registered amendments to the budget in the Senate to lower the VAT on hairdressing and aesthetic services from the general type (21%) to the reduced one (10%), initiatives that were vetoed by the Government for reducing income.
This Monday, the Senate Table (with the key vote of the PNV, despite being a priority partner of the Executive) rejected that veto, which, in principle, allowed them to be voted in plenary, but the Government has finally presented a disagreement against that rejection which has been accepted by the president of the Chamber, with which the amendments are definitively excluded.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.