María Jesús Cañizares – 4/24/2021
The president of the parliamentary group of PSC-Units, Salvador Illa / CG
The president of the parliamentary group of PSC-Units, Salvador Illa, considers that Catalonia does not deserve the situation of blockade caused by the tortuous negotiations between Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) and ERC. In this sense, he speaks of “a triple failure”, since to the impossibility of finding a replacement for Quim Torra when he was disqualified, the Republican candidate, Pere Aragonès, has added two failed investitures.
For this reason “I have the legitimacy and the moral obligation to try the investiture”, assures the socialist, who won the Catalan elections of 14F, but does not have a parliamentary majority. Up to now. He insists on rejecting “divisive projects” because “I accept that they believe in independence, but not that they feel more Catalan than myself. 15 or 20 years ago there was more social cohesion”. Much criticized for using Castilian in the Parliament – “I was surprised that it surprised” -, Illa affirms that “I will continue to use it when I see fit”.
“The Generalitat is absent in the management of European funds”
In an interview in the Converses program in COPE Catalunya, the PSC candidate has assured that “the path to independence leads nowhere”, hence he sees it necessary to “turn the page” and accept “the pluralism that exists in Catalonia. It is strange that, after five years of governing together, in the midst of a pandemic and at a very delicate moment in which projects for Next Generation funds must be managed, the pro-independence parties are not able to reach an agreement”.
In this sense, Illa affirms that the Generalitat “is absent” in the management of these European funds. “We should be focused on defeating the virus and reactivating and transforming the economy”, he said, after expressing concern about the lack of a government.
The socialist defends the Dialogue Table that ERC and PSOE agreed to face the inauguration of Pedro Sánchez, an initiative that, in his opinion, marks the difference between the Socialists and the PP, but he believes that “there should be another dialogue table within Catalonia itself”.
Regarding the pandemic, the former Minister of Health is optimistic and assures that “in August, 70% of the European population will be vaccinated”. He considers that the fight against Covid in Spain “has worked decently” and that “out of loyalty, I have always respected the decisions made by the autonomous communities”. He has been very critical of the Catalan Government’s refusal to vaccinate “ëssential groups” such as the Civil Guard and the National Police. “If so, it should be corrected immediately”.