Valladolid (EFE) maintain the institutional framework as a frame of reference.
No statements from the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco (PP); without statements from the vice president, Juan García-Gallardo (Vox); and, due to the lack of political agreement, without the delivery of the Gold Medal that in recent times used to accompany the act for the Autonomy of Castilla y León, all the focuses have been on what the president of the Cortes, Carlos Pollán (Vox), was going to include or leave out of his institutional discourse.
He has not made reference to the controversy over the lack of consensus around the Gold Medal of the Cortes that Vox wanted to deliver to the Civil Guard -backed by the rest of the parties- but without accepting that it was also granted to the operation against fires as requested by the PSOE, but Pollán has made an appeal to “dignify politics” and to maintain a “constructive debate of ideas” to solve problems of citizens.
Castilla y León: a “region”
Pollán has referred to Castilla y León as a “region” of which to feel “deeply proud”, and has indicated that the inhabitants of this Community are “heirs of a long and profitable past that begins not 40 years ago, nor a century but much further back.”
“Authorities, Honorable Members, everyone present… Long live Castilla, long live León, long live Spain and long live the King”, concluded his speech, in which he considered that, beyond the “legitimate discrepancies” between political groups, the attorneys must “accept” and “respect” the 2022 election results, which in his opinion made the composition “clear”, referring to the coalition forged by the PP and Vox.
Pollán has argued that the parties must set an “example” for the citizens, so that they “see that harmony between those who think differently is possible”: “Let us never forget why we are here and for what, who we serve”, he has summarized .
Pollán’s speech has been applauded by the representatives of the PP, Vox and Soria Ya, whose representative has linked this gesture with institutional respect and “education”.
Reactions of parliamentary groups
The deputy spokesman for the PP in the Parliament of Castilla y León, Ángel Ibáñez, has refused to refer to Vox’s statement on the State of the autonomies and, after describing the speech of the president of the Parliament as “positive”, has denounced the usefulness of the coalition government, reflecting the electoral result of February 13, 2022.
Ibáñez’s words come in a context in which the Vox Parliamentary Group has declined to make statements to the media, while regarding the brevity of the speech by the president of the Cortes, Carlos Pollán (Vox), he has said it was “very respectful” with this type of interventions. “Sometimes with few words you can say many things and with many, nothing”, he added.
Regarding the four decades of autonomy, Ibáñez has assured that the “general balance” of these years is “the important progress that has existed for the improvement of the quality of life of citizens”, through public services “valued from all the indicators”.
For his part, the leader of the PSOE of Castilla y León, Luis Tudanca, has warned of Vox’s attempt to “dynamit” and “destroy” the State of the autonomies “from within”, referring to the presence of this party in the Autonomous Government and in the Presidency of the Cortes, despite not believing in the autonomous organization.
After listening to the speech, Tudanca has declared to the media that he had doubts about what is “worse”, if the fact that he has not said “absolutely nothing” or the “tension” for which he has blamed Vox.
He has ironized that “someone has written to him that they accept the legal framework, because they do not believe in the State of the autonomies”, but he has spoken in his speech of Castilla y León as a “region”, without assuming the content of the Statute whose 40 anniversary was commemorated today, since it speaks of the fact that it is an autonomous community made up of two regions, in reference to the former kingdoms of León and Castilla.
lack of cohesion
With the usual absence of the Union of the Leonese People at this event, the representative of Soria Ya -which forms a parliamentary group with the UPL-, Vanessa García has lamented that Castilla y León has become a “centralist” autonomous community, “of two speeds” and “invertebrate”.
“I was 6 years old when the Statute was approved”, recalled the parliamentarian from Soria, who recognized that her countrymen had hope in the autonomous system to “reverse the oblivion to which the Spanish State had subjected them”.
From the Mixed Group, the spokesman for Unidas Podemos, Pablo Fernández, has assured that “there is nothing to celebrate” because, since PP and Vox came to the Government almost a year ago, the highest regional norm is being “stained and violated”. daily.
The representative of Cs, Francisco Igea, has regretted that the lack of cohesion has been increasing in each legislature, while the attorney for Por Ávila, Pedro Pascual, has stressed the need to comply with the Statute to end inequalities between the nine provinces of the Community.
The unions, present but critical
The UGT and CCOO unions have accused Vox, which presides over the Courts of Castilla y León, of wanting to “destroy the institutions from within”, for its opposition to the autonomous state.
This has been denounced in statements to the media by the general secretary of the CCOO-CyL, Vicente Andrés, and that of the UGT, Faustino Temprano, critical of the non-compliance they observe on the part of the “radical” parties that form the coalition, in words of the first of them.
Faced with these breaches, Temprano has stressed that the unions and civil society “will resist” and have advanced that, if this continues, it will be a stage marked by many protests and mobilizations.
“This house (Parliament) is occupied and chaired by someone who does not believe in autonomies. It is a dystopia in which someone occupies a position that does not correspond to him since he wants to destroy him from within ”, Andrés added. EFE