The president of the government of Spain, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, announced this Saturday a profound change in his cabinet, with the aim of promoting economic recovery after the impact of the pandemic, a task that will be led by the new First Vice President and Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño.
The new government also supposes a greater presence of women and a rejuvenation of those responsible for its Ministries, which reduces the average age of its ministers from 55 to 50 years, while women occupy 63% of the portfolios, compared to 54% previously.
“Today begins the government of recovery”, made up of “women and men” whose mission will be sovercome “completely” the “worst calamity” lived in decades by humanity and by Spain, said the head of the Spanish Executive in an appearance at the Palacio de la Moncloa, the seat of the Government in Madrid.
Overcoming the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences also opens up an “exceptional opportunity” for the new members of the Executive to “set up a better Spain,” he said.
The economy, priority
Vice-presidencies are reduced from four to three, and one of the most striking outings is that of Carmen Calvo, until now first vice president, who leaves the government after having been one of Sánchez’s pillars.
Your position assumes it Nadia Calvin, who held the second vice presidency and the portfolio of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, which brings to priority for this second stage of the legislature economic affairs.
The main task of the Government will be to consolidate the economic recovery and the creation of employment and to manage the “enormous opportunity” that European funds represent to modernize the economy, “which must be greener and more digital and must respond to the demands of the youngest and strengthen the feminist agenda, “according to Sánchez in his appearance.
Spanish foreign policy will be headed from now on by the diplomat José Manuel Albares, current ambassador of Spain in France, who will be the new Minister of Foreign Affairs in replacement of Arancha González Laya, worn out in the cabinet after the latest tensions with Morocco.
For his new cabinet, Sánchez also opted for seasoned leaders in the municipal field, such as Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, mayor until now in a town in Barcelona, who will be the new Minister of Transport in replacement of José Luis Ábalos, another of Sánchez’s strong men .
Pilar Alegría, who won the last municipal elections in Zaragoza, will assume the Education portfolio, and Isabel Rodríguez, current mayor of Puertollano (Ciudad Real, south-central), will be Minister of Territorial Policy.
For her part, Diana Morant, mayor of the Mediterranean town of Gandía since 2014, will head the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Two men of confidence of Sánchez, Miquel Iceta and Félix Bolaños, will occupy the portfolios of Culture and Sports and of the Presidency, respectively.
The until now president of the Senate, Pilar Llop, career judge committed to feminism From civil society and from other responsibilities such as the government delegate against gender violence, she will be the new Minister of Justice, replacing Juan Carlos Campo.
The surprise was given by Sánchez’s decision to dispense with Iván Redondo, until now his right hand, as Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Executive, a position to be held by Óscar López, former Secretary of Organization of the Socialist Party and former Secretary General of the Socialists in the region of Castilla y León (center).
The president of the Spanish government thanked the outgoing ministers who have given “all their time, their talent and their effort” to Spain, who have demonstrated their “extraordinary” vocation of public service in “the most extreme situation experienced by Spain in decades” and that “they have left the skin” in their tasks.
Sánchez insisted that there are 30 months left in the legislature and the government begins a stage with a new impulse to face the recovery that must reach the whole of society “providing youth and closeness.”