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Moreno calls on all Andalusians to defend equality in the streets in the face of the risk of a two-speed Spain

2023-11-29T14:30:04.678Z

Highlights: Moreno calls on all Andalusians to defend equality in the streets in the face of the risk of a two-speed Spain. The president of the Board stresses the comparative grievance, recognises errors in the management of health and announces the limitation of the use of mobile phones in schools. The Andalusian president has asked "everyone", also alluding to the parties in the Chamber, to attend next Sunday 3rd, the eve of the commemoration of the demonstrations of December 4, 1977.


The president of the Board stresses the comparative grievance, recognises errors in the management of health and announces the limitation of the use of mobile phones in schools


The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, has called on all Andalusians on Wednesday to defend equality in the streets "in the face of the risk of a two-speed Spain" due to the agreements of the PSOE with pro-independence formations for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez. During his intervention in the community debate – which has not been held since October 2021 due to the electoral calendar – Moreno went back to the large demonstrations for autonomy in December 1977. "Who would have thought that 46 years later we would have the need to raise our voices again to say something as sensible as that Andalusians are not second-class Spaniards," he said.

According to him, the new Spanish legislature, which was inaugurated this morning by the King, "was born from the bankruptcy of the principles of equality and solidarity", for which he appealed to "take to the streets with the same impetus and firmness". Moreno has assured that the "risks of a two-speed Spain" with those of the beginning of the autonomous process are still in force, so "Andalusians have the historical obligation to defend equality". The Andalusian president has asked "everyone", also alluding to the parties in the Chamber, to attend next Sunday 3rd, the eve of the commemoration of the demonstrations of December 4, 1977, declared by his Government as the Day of the Andalusian Flag, the demonstration called in Seville by the little-known organization Civic Union of the South (Civisur). "That's where we should all be, above the differences. The defence of Andalusia is nobody's heritage. I don't want ideological walls that divide and fracture society. In the face of lack of solidarity, let us bet on equality", he proclaimed.

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In his speech, which lasted an hour and a half, the Andalusian president made a comparison of the budgetary commitments contained in the PSOE's agreements with Junts, Esquerra Republicana and PNV, with what could be done in Andalusia in terms of new infrastructures and health. Moreno wished "the best" to Catalonia and the Basque Country, but "not at the expense of the Andalusians", he stressed.

Since he reached the Government of the Junta de Andalucía, in January 2019, Moreno compares his five years in office with the last of the Socialists, who governed for almost 37 years. The budget expenditure and employment data favour it, but there are problems that continue and, in the opinion of the opposition, are aggravated, such as public health.

He devoted a generous part of his speech to healthcare. "We have serious problems, problems that overwhelm the government, but we dedicate ourselves body and soul to solving them," he admitted, referring to the waiting lists, which include one million Andalusians. "We would like to go faster and further," he said. However, he concluded that "Andalusia is better today". He has also said that although his government does not always get it right, it "always" listens to the demands of citizens.

Tankers and limiting the use of mobile phones in schools

In addition to the balance of the administration and the political messages, Moreno also took advantage of his speech to launch a battery of announcements. Beyond confirming a new tax cut in 2024 and a fourth administrative simplification decree, Moreno has announced that Andalusia will limit the use of mobile devices in classrooms and that it will prohibit the sale of energy drinks and vapes to minors, within the framework of a Plan for the Prevention of Addictions in Childhood and Adolescence.

The Andalusian president also wanted to question young people, a group that has mobilised in recent months due to the delay of more than a year and a half in the processing of the youth voucher for rent. It has announced a package of employment measures aimed at young people and vulnerable groups of almost 500 million euros, which includes incentives for permanent contracts or an employment plan to try to alleviate the youth unemployment rate, which in the community is 39%, 22 points above that of workers over 35 years of age.

Drought is another of the main axes of the Andalusian president's policy, which he already emphasized in his last investiture speech and in addition to anticipating that at the beginning of 2024 a fourth drought decree will be approved —the Junta has not confirmed the degree of execution of the other three approved in the last year and a half—, it has also announced the installation of portable desalination plants in Marbella and Axarquía (in Malaga); the promotion of works in treatment plants; recover and activate existing wells; installing floating intakes in the reservoirs of La Viñuela (Málaga) and Guadarranque (Cádiz) or installing connection intakes in Andalusian ports with drinking water treatment plants to bring ships loaded with water, a measure that Catalonia has already considered to guarantee the supply of its population.

Moreno also wanted to counter the criticisms in health and dependency matters that he has already ventured that will be the focus of the opposition's discourse this afternoon, he has announced the creation of the figure of the assistant to ALS patients, with another message to the Government, which he has demanded not to veto in Congress the processing of the ALS law, whose lack of development has been questioned by associations of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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