Parliament approved the government’s new anti-crisis package that aims to alleviate the negative impact of the Ukraine war on the economy with a narrow majority – including the Basque pro-independence Party – on Thursday.
Until the very last moment, the result was unclear with the socialist executive negotiating in a race against the clock with several “friendly” political formations to have a majority for the anti-crisis Royal Decree to be approved, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Catalan pro-independence party Republican Left of Catalonia (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, ERC), one of the three parties supporting the Spanish left-wing coalition until the end of the current legislature in December 2023, voted against, expressing its anger with Madrid after a recent espionage scandal unveiled by Citizen Lab.
Spain’s main opposition party, the centre-right Partido Popular (PP), the centre-liberal Ciudadanos (Citizens) and far-right Vox, the third force in the Parliament, opposed the plan.
However, Basque pro-independence EH Bildu finally voted in favour, in a decisive last moment move for the executive. The Royal Decree Law was passed with 176 votes in favour, 172 against and one abstention.
The package includes a fuel bonus of €0.20 cents per litre and financial assistance for those sectors most severely hit by the crisis, particularly transport, food, and agriculture.