Catalan independence party ERC paves way for Spain’s 2022 budget – EURACTIV.com

On Tuesday, the Catalan independence party, the Republican Left of Catalonia (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, ERC) announced that it would vote the Spanish budget for 2022, paving the way for its approval before the end of the year, EFE reported, partner of EURACTIV.

With the green light, Esquerra Republicana de Cataluña paved the way for the final green light of the budget, after the Spanish government, a coalition of the Socialist Party (PSOE) and the left Unidas Podemos (United We Can), obtained the support of 181 deputies.

Government spokeswoman Isabel Rodríguez on Tuesday welcomed the deal, making the 2022 budget “viable”, she said.

Finance Minister María Jesús Montero presented the 2022 draft budget to Parliament on October 13. It has a record spending cap of € 196.142 billion, fueled by the EU’s stimulus fund.

Spain has received € 140 billion over the next six years from the € 750 billion EU stimulus fund.

According to political analysts, approval of the 2022 budget should ensure the survival of the ruling coalition until the end of 2023.

Social spending reaches a record level, with 248.4 billion euros (3.6% more than in 2021) and includes more than 40 billion euros (9.6% more than in 2021) d ‘investments and capital transfers.

Rodríguez stressed that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic should serve as a “catharsis” to improve the Spanish economy, currently too dependent on tourism and services, by stimulating digitization.

ERC’s budget support was released following an agreement on an audiovisual law which, according to ERC spokesperson in parliament, Gabriel Rufián, will mean that 6% of the total content offered by all audiovisual platforms in Spain will be in official co-languages, including Catalan, EFE reported.

(Fernando Heller | EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)


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