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The crisis resulting from the measures adopted by the Junta de Castilla y León to relax the control requirements for bovine tuberculosis has already reached national policy. Yesterday, after the European Commission pointed out that the plan designed by the regional government of Alfonso Fernández Mañueco clashes head-on with European regulations in this regard, several ministers of the central executive took the opportunity to attack the only regional alliance that exists for now between the Popular Party and Vox at a time when both parties begin the negotiation phase with an eye on possible support in other territories.

The relaxation of the demands, activated in mid-May, was paralyzed by the Executive, which filed a contentious-administrative appeal days ago in the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y León to understand that the measure went against national regulations, although the Board always defended the legality of the plan. This led to the cattlemen's revolts seen this week in Salamanca. Yesterday, finally, the Ministry of Agriculture allowed through the BOE to resume the movement of cattle, which left the stoppage without effect.

First it was the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, and, yesterday, the Minister of Health, José Miñones, who accused Castilla y León of damaging the image of the livestock sector and putting public health at risk with its strategy. Meanwhile, the PP and Vox defend the approach of their measures. The vice president of the Board, Juan García-Gallardo, said from Brussels that the regional government will not back down: "We will continue to defend this resolution where it is needed: in Madrid, in Brussels and also in the courts. We have not reversed and we will not reverse our intention to relax the regulations within the current margins allowed by law."

Precisely the portfolio of Agriculture and Livestock falls in Castilla y León in Vox. For the moment, Mañueco – whom the opposition accuses of hiding and not showing his face during this crisis – rules out both the cessation of the counselor, Gerardo Dueñas, and the rupture of the pact with Vox. The controversy comes at a delicate time for both parties, but especially for Vox, which made the countryside one of its electoral bastions and that will foreseeably claim in other autonomies also have the competences of Agriculture and Livestock. For the moment, while those of Santiago Abascal urge the PP to reach agreements before 23-J, the popular delay any type of contact and will force the maximum deadlines so that a hypothetical alliance in the Valencian Community, Balearic Islands, Extremadura or Aragon does not take its toll in the general elections.

That the conflict already reaches national politics also hurts the right. Vox boasts of Castilla y León as the example that a coalition between conservatives can come to fruition. The PP, for its part, maintains a low profile on the territory, something that displeases Vox, which continues with the "outstretched hand" and with "patience" waiting for the PP to show signs of wanting to reach new regional pacts in the image and likeness of the one achieved between Mañueco and García-Gallardo.

The controversy surrounding the protocol – "Perhaps public health has been taken to the extreme," considered Dueñas himself – is, in any case, the latest episode of the various crises that the regional executive has had to face in recent times. Still in campaign, before its formation, Vox took advantage at the beginning of 2022 of the recommendation of Minister Alberto Garzón to eat less meat to directly confront him. And in January of this year, the fetal heartbeat proposal launched by Vox generated cracks in the regional government and its discussion came to cause a clash with the Council of Ministers.


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