The Government mobilizes to try to save the audiovisual law and the Budgets

The government admits that “there will be contacts” this afternoon with ERC on audiovisual law, with the objective of maintaining the parliamentary majority of the General State Budgets. Although the Ministry of the Presidency denies that the meeting between Félix Bolaños and the Catalan Republicans is taking place at the moment, they do acknowledge that “there will be contacts” during the afternoon.

This morning, the First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, has assured this Wednesday that the Executive is “very open” to negotiate the Audiovisual Law with the parliamentary groups in Congress, but has warned that the norm “cannot contradict European regulations.” This has been indicated in an interview in Onda Cero, after being asked about the warning of Esquerra Republicana that rejected the rule for not including platforms such as Netflix in the Audiovisual Law so that, at least, they include six percent of their offer in Catalan, Basque or Galician.

“The bill will reach Congress in the next few days and a negotiation process begins in which we will be very open to negotiating with the groups as we always do,” explained the vice president, while emphasizing that ” the entire bill has tremendously complex quotas “and they cannot do something that” contradicts the European directive. “

Regarding whether ERC’s anger could interfere in the approval of the General State Budgets (PGE), he pointed out that “you cannot mix the budgets with another law and has asked” to focus on what is important. “Esquerra is not satisfied with the Audiovisual Bill has announced that it will present an amendment so that companies such as Netflix, which are not based in Spain, have to apply the production quota in co-official languages ​​that their party agreed with the Government.

Message of tranquility from the PSOE

The deputy secretary general of the PSOE, Adriana Lastra, believes that there will be no major problems with ERC on the audiovisual law approved by the Executive on Tuesday and they will continue talking with the Catalan Republicans: “They know that we comply with our agreements and this time it will also be like that.”

According to the law approved by the Council of Ministers, international audiovisual content platforms based outside of Spain will not have to apply the 6 percent production quota in the co-official languages.

Asens marks his red lines

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The president of United we can at Congress, Jaume Asens, has warned the PSOE that the purple formation is “closer to the no than the yes” to the audiovisual law. In statements this Wednesday morning in the lower house, Asens has criticized that the Socialists they have not negotiated with them the norm and has denounced that United We “has not participated in the drafting of this law.”

“The PSOE has decided to negotiate with ERC, which is an opposition party, but it has not yet negotiated with its government partner,” said Asens, who reminded the socialists that United We Can has presented several “proposals that go beyond the co-official languages“to the PSOE, but has not received a response.

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