Early elections in Spain paralyze Congress

The call to early elections decreed by the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sanchezwhich suspends all planned parliamentary activities, leaves more than 60 laws in limbo that cannot be dealt with. The list includes a reform of the Criminal Code, initiatives around housing and care tasks.

Sánchez’s decision to advance the general elections to July 23 paralyzes the processing of all initiatives under waywith which more than 25 laws from decree-laws that are already in force will remain unapproved, another eight approved by the Government and around thirty promoted by parliamentary groups.

Once the dissolution decree is published, only the Permanent Deputation of Congress will remain in operation, but not the Plenary of the Chamber, which will no longer be able to meet until the constitutive session of the next legislature, scheduled for mid-August.

The plenary was scheduled to discuss the consideration of two bills, one from Vox (ultra-right) and the other from Unidas Podemos (left).

Vox’s was a reform of the Criminal Code to, among other things, punish with up to 20 years in prison the presidents of the Government or regional executives who promote or facilitate conduct that seeks to “attack unity or territorial integrity from Spain”.

The United We Can, meanwhile, sought to force companies that take their fiscal headquarters outside of Spain to return the public aid and subsidies obtained during the 10 years prior to the decision to leave the country, in the case of Ferrovial, to which is accused of practicing “economic piracy”.

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Likewise, two proposals were planned, one from the opposition Popular Party (PP), on measures related to habitual housing and another from the PSOE on the National Care Economy Strategy.

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