• Economy. Letter to Pedro Sánchez from a high-ranking official in Brussels: "Sometimes I think that you must suffer some kind of mental alienation"

The European Commission (EC) disassociated itself this Tuesday from the letter that its deputy director-general for Competition, Cecilio Madero Villarejo , published last week in the ABC newspaper , in which he asked for the resignation of the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez , for its management of the pandemic.

"We point out that Mr. Madero published this letter as a private citizen. Therefore, it is clear that this does not reflect the official position of the Commission," said the spokesman for the Community Executive Balazs Ujvari during the institution's daily press conference.

For his part, the EC's chief spokesman, Eric Mamer, stressed that Madero did not ask for authorization to publish the letter because, he insisted, he did so "as a private citizen."

Ujvari added that the regulation on community officials stipulates that the freedom of expression of these workers "is not absolute and must be exercised with due respect for the principles of loyalty and impartiality."

"Officials are asked to express themselves with caution, care and moderation and a proper sense of proportion , and to avoid any act or behavior that may reflect adversity between their position and that of the Commission," he explained.

He added that these restrictions on freedom of expression are intended "to preserve the relationship of trust that must exist between the institution and its officials."

Asked if Brussels considers Madero to have complied with those rules in writing and publishing that letter, Ujvari merely replied that the Commission "is studying this issue . "

The EC's deputy director general for Competition, Cecilio Madero Villarejo, published a letter in the ABC newspaper requesting the resignation of Pedro Sánchez for his management of the coronavirus pandemic, which he considered "catastrophic".

He also accused the president of "manifest incompetence" in economic matters, which he attributes to "mental alienation".

"I want to think that this is the case because, if not, if your action responds to a conscious and pre-established plan, then your visit to La Moncloa places you directly in the orbit of Criminal Law," wrote the senior European official.

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