• He wants me to reduce the Vice Presidencies and unify the Ministries that he artificially divided by his agreement with Podemos
The Popular Parliamentary Group has presented a Proposal not of Law in the Congress to rationalize the Administration of the State in which it demands Sanchez to slim down its Council of Ministers by reducing Departments, and to allocate the budgetary savings generated to programs linked to the fight against Coronavirus.
Specifically, the Popular Group asks the President of the Executive to reduce the number of Vice-Presidencies and unify the Ministries whose powers were
artificially distributed without excessive sense by its government agreement with Podemos (case of Work and Social Security, Health and Consumption, Education, Science and
In addition, and while the crisis lasts, the PP urges the Executive to eliminate all the jobs of non-official eventual personnel who provide their activity in the service of vice-presidents, ministers and secretaries of state. In the case of eventual non-official advisers who work in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, the proposed reduction is 50%.
Finally, the Proposition stresses that the budgetary resources released as a consequence of the proposed reduction should be destined to expenses related to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the explanatory memorandum of this initiative, it is recalled that "when the PP won the 2011 elections, the panorama that was found after Zapatero's second term was bleak: 222,000 small and medium-sized companies had closed, 250,000 self-employed people lost their businesses, more than 3.5 million Spaniards lost their jobs and there was a commercial debt (unpaid invoices) worth 82,000 million euros, of which 16,000 million corresponded to debts with providers of the health system and 24,434 million to debts with Local Corporations "
In addition, he adds that "the need to rationalize public resources began with the Government itself." "Mariano Rajoy reduced the Vice Presidencies from 2 to 1, the number of Ministries from 15 to 13, limited the number of advisers per minister and secretary of state, and demanded that these be covered mainly by officials," he remarks.
THE HYPERTROPHIC STRUCTURE OF THE SÁNCHEZ GOVERNMENT
According to the initiative, “in June 2018 the Spain inherited by Sánchez had little to do with that of 2011. In that period 138,000 small and medium-sized companies had been created, 190,000 self-employed had started new businesses, almost 1.7 million were created of jobs, all the bills they had left pending were paid and the public deficit was reduced from 9.6% in 2011 to 3.1% in 2017, more than 65,000 million euros without affecting the Welfare State (in fact, social spending without benefits increased by 26,000 million in the same period) ”.
Perhaps encouraged by this boom, said Proposition indicates, “the first Sánchez Government increased its structure, going from 13 Ministries to 16, maintaining a
Vice presidency". "Much more scandalous was the increase in government spending in the current legislature, especially since there were already clear signs of a slowdown
economic: economic growth had been revised downwards 3 times in the last 6 months, the public deficit had increased for the first time since the crisis, car registration fell by -6.8% in the first two months of the year and they destroyed 244,000 jobs in the worst January in a decade, "stresses the GPP.
Despite this, "the Government went from a Vice Presidency to 4, and from 16 ministers to 18, with all that this implies in structure: 30 Secretaries of State, 50 Undersecretaries, 54 Cabinet Directors, 135 General Directors, 21 Secretaries Technical Generals and about 250 Advisers (almost 40% more than with the last Rajoy government) ”.
The GPP highlights that "the first economic data that we have known after declaring the state of alarm are devastating and augur a much deeper economic recession than that experienced in 2009: the collapse of -70% of car registration, was followed by the data destruction of almost 900,000 jobs since the declaration of the state of alarm. " "To which we must add that, as of April 6, 474,000 ERTEs have been requested, affecting 2.7 million workers," he stresses.
The explanatory statement of Proposition no of Law signed by the spokesperson of the Popular Parliamentary Group, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, and the deputy spokesman and economic coordinator of the GPP, Mario Garcés, warns that “in this context of severe economic recession, it does not have sense to maintain the hypertrophic structure of the Government ”.