The Third Vice President of the Government, Teresa Ribera, is currently meeting with the spokespersons of the different parliamentary groups to collect proposals that will allow the completion of designing the energy security contingency plan.
The meeting, which is taking place at the headquarters of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, is part of the new round of contacts that the Government is carrying out with the main sectoral, social, political and civil society agents to promote this strategy.
On behalf of the Government, the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, Felix Bolaños, and the Secretary of State for Relations with the Courts and Constitutional Affairs, Rafael Simancas, are also present at the meeting.
On the part of the PP, one of the groups most critical of the energy saving measures promoted by the Government, its parliamentary spokesperson, Cuca Gamarra, did not attend, but the deputy general secretary of the group in Congress, Guillermo Mariscal.
Despite the fact that the meeting is being held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Madrid, many parliamentary groups have chosen to attend electronically.
Upon arrival at the meeting, the parliamentary spokesman for United We Can, Pablo Echenique, showed his support for promoting a contingency plan that allows Spain and the rest of its European partners to reduce their energy consumption.
To this end, among other measures, it proposes the creation of a progressive electricity bill so that those who consume the most face higher costs, and an increase in registration and use taxes for private planes, luxury cars and high-capacity or large private pleasure boats.
The objective of this meeting, as well as of the rest of the meetings held in recent days by the Government, is to compile proposals to finish defining the plan that will be sent to the European Commission throughout the month of September within the community strategy to face the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.