The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, confirmed this Wednesday that she rules out a complete tax reform, as EL PAÍS has advanced, although she has assured that a new tax will be approved for electricity companies that will come into force in 2023, although it will tax the benefits of this year. Speaking to the media, before opening the course tax compliance at the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) in Santander, Montero pointed out that the postponement of the reform is due to the economic situation “complicated” by the increase in inflation – whose evolution for the coming months “concerns” the Government – and the Ukrainian war.
Despite this, he has stated that the Government intends a “redistribution” and “a fairer distribution” of the benefits that may be generated as a result of the armed conflict and its consequences. In this sense, he has reaffirmed that the Ministry of Finance is working on taxation of energy companies. “Our goal is that [el nuevo impuesto] enter into force in the year 2023, but regarding the benefits of the year 2022″, he said.
Regarding what he expects from the meeting held this Wednesday by the social agents on the income pact, he has reiterated that the Government would find an agreement “good” because it would allow families and companies “to be able to continue going through this situation of inflation that It’s taking longer than expected.” He has added that he hopes that positions can be “approximated” on the rent agreement, which in his opinion – although it is a bilateral negotiation between employers and unions – would have to “obviously” contemplate wage increases.
This pact, together with the measures approved by the Government in the different decrees, “can form a complete package to give citizens the peace of mind that their social agents and their Government are concerned about their problems and with the agreement and dialogue We try to deal with them.” In addition, he has underlined that the social agents “have shown a role and a patriotism that have not shown political transformations that are neither here nor expected.” For Montero, the question is what the position of the PP will be, which has not yet been pronounced.
“I hope that if there are some fiscal measures that they proposed, there will be no problem in voting in favor of well-being for families, the reduction to 5% of VAT on electricity, the fuel discount, the increase in non-contributory pensions or aid of 200 euros to families” less favored, he said. “I hope that all this that is good for this country has the approval of the Popular Party,” he concluded.
tensions in the coalition
On the other hand, he has affirmed that the coalition government between PSOE and United We Can is facing “very complicated situations” with a “great capacity for dialogue and understanding” also with the rest of the actors, and that the Executive brings “stability” to the country. When asked if the discrepancies between the two partners could weaken it and make it difficult to come out of the crisis, the minister stated that the legislature “has not been easy for any government and especially for the Government of Spain”.
However, he has assessed that the Pedro Sánchez Administration “has demonstrated throughout this period the strength of its convictions and the capacity for dialogue, which it has always presided over not only within the Government, but also with social agents”. “Therefore, we are facing a situation in which the Government brings to this country stability and empathy in relation to the problems of citizens and also effective policies.”
Montero has insisted that the Executive has taken charge of the day-to-day problems of citizens, such as inflation ―“providing an answer within our limitations”, he has clarified―, but also structural ones, such as the price of gas. Actions, he has pointed out, that are “essential” so that crises are not faced “at the expense of the most vulnerable people or the middle class”, as happened with the right. “I think we are showing it,” he emphasized, assuring that he “fully” trusts the “capacity for dialogue, reaction and response” of the coalition government in the face of citizens’ problems.
The minister also highlighted that Spain is experiencing “very robust” economic growth, around 4%, with “record figures” in job creation, which is “a magnificent indicator that the economy continues to resist and It does it very robustly.”