The league of governors of Together for Change, with 10 elected governors at the helm, is solidifying and seems to be the main support of a coalition that has broken up at the legislative level. Since the runoff, there have been at least three important meetings held by the provincial heads of state, which will be repeated in the coming weeks and which aim to see how to stand up to the government of Javier Milei.
At the same time, however, some districts with common purposes are building bridges for what is to come and are beginning to develop joint activities. This is the case of Santa Fe and Entre Ríos, which with their governors Maximiliano Pullaro and Rogelio Frigerio at the head, have been holding meetings in order to show an aligned strategy.
On Wednesday, for example, Frigerio, Pullaro and their respective cabinets in Paraná, the capital of the country, led a meeting in which, in the words of the Entre Ríos, "they worked on the coordination of a common agenda to promote the development of both provinces." According to Frigerio, "we are convinced that we have enormous opportunities that will be taken advantage of much better if we work together."
In the same vein, Pullaro, his counterpart from Santa Fe, highlighted the importance of strengthening the Central Region and added "we have an enormous opportunity to accompany this change of model that is coming in our provinces and in Argentina, prioritizing an agenda of common issues that insert us into the national discussion."
The main axes of joint work between the two provinces also began to be outlined and in reference to this, Frigerio pointed out: "We are going to generate the concrete conditions to improve the lives of our people and especially so that the young people of our provinces have real opportunities to be able to train and insert themselves in the world of work".
For his part, Pullaro stressed that they are going to "start thinking about the development of our associated regions but we are also going to think about how to combat insecurity, promote education and encourage production."
Maximiliano Pullaro and Rogelio Frigerio, with their respective work teams.
Outside the development agenda, both agreed on the need to fight drug trafficking and the crimes derived from this activity contrary to the laws: "For a long time in Entre Ríos we have had hitmen and money laundering derived from this illicit activity," Frigerio said.
Pullaro and Frigerihave been working together since the campaign times, as part of Together for Change, if they come, the Santa Fe native is of radical origin and Frigerio, with developmentalist roots, is one of the main references of the PRO at the national level and was part of the government of Mauricio Macri.
Both governors-elect were accompanied by their ministers, secretaries and officials in a first meeting that lasted more than an hour and a half, and is expected to be repeated in the coming weeks.
The Santa Fe officials present were the designated Minister of Government, Fabián Bastia; the Minister of Economy, Pablo Olivares; Minister of Productive Development, Gustavo Puccini; Work, Roald Báscolo; Education, José Goyti; Environment, Enrique Estévez; Equality, Victoria Tejeda; Justice and Security, Pablo Coccocioni; Health, Silvia Ciancio; Culture, Susana Rueda; Public Works, Lisandro Enrico; the designated Secretary General of the Governor's Office, Juan Cruz Cándido; the Institutional Liaison Officer, Julián Galdeano; the designated Minister of Cooperation and President of the PRO, Cristian Cunha; the Minister of Communication, Luis Persello, and the Undersecretary for the Central Region, Claudia Giaccone.
The Entre Rios residents who were at the meeting and who will take office on December 11 were the Minister of Finance, Julio Panceri; the Minister of Public Works, Darío Schneider; the Minister of Health, Guillermo Grieve; the Minister of Security and Justice, Néstor Roncaglia; the Minister of Government and Labor, Manuel Troncoso; the Minister of Human Development, Verónica Berisso; the Minister of Economic Development, Guillermo Bernaudo; the Secretary General of the Governor's Office, Mauricio Colello; the president of the General Council of Education, Alicia Fregonese; the Secretary of Tourism, Jorge Satto; the Secretary of Culture, Fabián Reato, the delegate of the Central Region, Jorge Chemes; the Secretary of Communication, Sergio Kneeteman, and the Director of Institutional Relations and the Community, Leandro Jacobi.