The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, has puffed up his chest for being the first to propose lowering VAT in the shopping cart, during his Christmas speech delivered tonight three hours after the end of the year chimes .
Moreno has alluded to the new package of anti-crisis measures announced by the central government on the 27th in which, among other things, the value-added tax on basic food items is eliminated.
"Andalusia is observed and enjoys credibility and we have seen it with the tax cuts and how many other territories have joined our proposals, including the Government of Spain, which has finally lowered VAT on basic foods, a proposal that Andalusia did in the Conference of Presidents”, held on the island of La Palma last March, he assured.
The Andalusian president has rushed until the last day of the year to give his Christmas speech, when the usual day is the 30th. Moreno has stressed that Andalusia aspires to "lead the political debate in Spain", as it did, in his opinion, by subsidizing the estate tax.
“We have spent years seeing how Madrid and Catalonia mark the pace of national debates.
And why not Andalusia, which is the place where the most Spaniards live? ”, he asked himself.
“Andalusia's proposals work.
For this reason, I demand respect for our autonomy to apply our own decisions ”, he stressed while he recalled that these measures have been endorsed at the polls in the last regional elections that the PP won with an absolute majority.
Moreno has chosen as the setting for his fourth Christmas speech, since he was president of the Board, the Picualia facilities, an olive oil cooperative in Bailén (Jaén) as a "tribute to all the people of the Andalusian countryside", of which about half a million families live.
And in that environment he has made reference to the drought.
“Solutions must be found to the problems of the countryside and our economy, and the first is the lack of water.
Water is as important to the Andalusian economy as gas is to the German economy.
It is not only the countryside, but water is also essential and vital for tourism, for industry and for life”.
He has asked for the support of the central government to undertake hydraulic works in the community.
The Board plans to allocate 4,000 million euros for this purpose,
but it has urged the State Administration to do the same: "The central government must be more committed to Andalusia in this matter and for this reason, from the most absolute loyalty, I ask President Sánchez to increase State investment in hydraulic works In Andalucia.
I do not ask for more than what corresponds to us, I ask for what is fair and what is necessary.
The Andalusian president has made reference to the 11 murders of women in December, which brings the number of victims of sexist violence in 2022 to 49, 11 of them in Andalusia.
"We will not give up while there is a woman or children who suffer from sexist violence," he said.
He has also shown his concern about the explosion of Covid cases in China.
Moreno has drawn an Andalusia that is a leader in self-employment, in national tourism and has highlighted the data on exports that will reach 40,000 million euros in 2022. He has referred to unemployment as his "first concern" and has highlighted "political stability" as the best tool to face "problems" that "already came" from before the war that Putin started with the invasion of Ukraine.
The Andalusian president has looked at the past socialist stage when referring to "the problems that health has, dragged on for many years" and has puffed up the renewal of contracts for 12,000 backup toilets due to Covid.
Of those 12,000 professionals, only a thousand doctors have been offered one more year of contract, while for the rest they are up to six months.
Moreno chose the town of Cumbres de Enmedio (Huelva), with fifty inhabitants, to give his first Christmas speech as president;
in 2020, the old Military Hospital of Seville, on the occasion of the Covid;
and in 2021 the Taberna Granados de Granada, in support of the hospitality sector that has been greatly affected by the restrictions caused by the pandemic.