Ultimatum from the main opposition party on a key economic reform. The Popular Party will vote against next Thursday the validation of the decree of reform of pensions if it does not receive on Tuesday morning technical information that justifies it. "If it does not receive technical and documented justification tomorrow morning, the PP will vote against the proposal," party sources say.

From the headquarters of the PP they affirm that "given that in the last hours the Government still does not provide the required information of the pension reform, the head of the PP in this matter will officially call his interlocutor to ask for it again. We do not understand that Spaniards are denied access to all the economic and financial data and analysis that have founded this reform on a key issue for our future."

It will therefore be the economic responsible, Juan Bravo, who will give the Minister of Inclusion, José Luis Escrivá, a last chance to receive convincing information. "The PP will not support the reform based solely on the power point we know of a government that has accustomed us to lie repeatedly," they add.

And they argue their vote against because of the reliability of the technical reports of experts that are accumulating against the reform. "We are more assured by the numerous reports that question its viability, the most categorical being that of the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF) that was directed until a few years ago by the author of the proposed reform."

The AIReF considers that the decree fails to balance the accounts of the system and, on the contrary, generates an additional deficit of 1.1% of the Gross Domestic Product. The governor of the Bank of Spain, Pablo Hernández de Cos, confirmed on Monday in Valladolid that his analysis is similar to that of the AIReF.

With this contrary position, the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, follows the line he maintained in Brussels last week. As published by EL MUNDO on Monday, Feijóo expressed to the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, his concern "about the legacy left by Sánchez with the pension reform."

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  • PP
  • Alberto Núñez Feijóo
  • Valladolid
  • Jose Luis Escriva