Government sticks to Budget calendar despite Junts’ rejection of Amnesty Law

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Junts spokesperson in Congress, Miriam Nogueras, participated in a plenary session at the Congress of Deputies in Madrid, Spain on January 30, 2024. The Plenary Session of Congress is holding an extraordinary session today to debate and vote on the opinion of the Justice Commission on the Proposal for an Organic Law on amnesty for institutional, political and social normalization in Catalonia, as well as the amendments that remain alive and the votes individuals who, where appropriate, have presented themselves. The final vote requires the support of the absolute majority of the Chamber (176 votes) as it is an organic law.

The Government does not plan to alter its calendar and is confident of being able to present the General State Budget project for 2024 next March, despite the setback caused by Junts’ decision not to support the Law of Amnesty this Tuesday in Congress, which forces us to continue negotiating this rule with those of Carles Puigdemont. Government sources admit that, after what happened in the Plenary, we must wait to see “how the members of the Junts breathe.” Now the proposed Amnesty Law will return to the Justice Commission of the Chamber, which has a maximum period of one month to issue a new opinion and submit it to the Plenary Session.

The Ministry of Finance’s intention is to present the budget project in March, but first it wants to have guarantees that its parliamentary partners will not register or support any amendment to the entire budget, so that they can, at least, start its processing in Congress. The negotiations could overlap, as the parliamentary processing of new accounts usually lasts around two and a half months and the Treasury’s idea is that, after passing through Congress, the project is sent to the Senate in May and published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) in June for its entry into force. It is the limit, since going further would overlap with the next deficit path and the presentation of the 2025 Budgets.

In any case, the Government maintains that Junts’ ‘no’ to the Amnesty Law has no reason anticipate the end of the legislature and emphasize that the call for elections corresponds to the President of the Government, who is determined to move forward. When asked if the legislature is at risk, the Minister of the Presidency and Justice, Félix Bolaños, emphasized that the coalition government has “three and a half years” left to run.

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