For weeks, if not months, the PSC has been offering itself to the Government of the Generalitat to reach an agreement that allows the 2023 budgets to be approved, but the predisposition has taken the form of a letter, which has been sent by the spokeswoman for the PSC parliamentary group -Units per Avançar, Alícia Romero, to the Minister of Economy Jaume Giró, in which the socialist proposes to the leader of Junts "a first work meeting that serves to face the negotiation" of the accounts.
With the letter, sent this Monday, the Socialists want to focus on the "complicated" economic and social context as a result of the war in Ukraine, which "places us before the most important budget negotiation in recent years", in the words of Rosemary. In this way, Salvador Illa's party also diverts the focus from the political news in Catalonia, lit up by the latest clashes between ERC and Junts, government partners, for attending the Diada independence demonstration.
The PSC places as the main political challenge in Catalonia to approve the new budgets, which in its opinion should have "the maximum possible support for the Parliament" and should be aimed at giving "a response to the challenges posed by the uncertain economic context". They thus avoid the constant clashes between the partners and Junts' threats to leave the Government. In short, the Socialists promote stability through their offer to Minister Giró, who has emerged as one of the most pragmatic voices in his party, instead of the instability that oozes from the struggles between the pro-independence parties.
The good words of the socialists show this contrast and the political strategy in the face of a divided government. Thus, in his letter, Romero encourages Giró to "put the interest of the country ahead of that of the party", underlines the PSC's willingness to "be part of the solution" and warns that "these budgets are an opportunity to demonstrate that all We know how to rise to the occasion".
With this letter, the Socialists join the predisposition already expressed by the commons, who have already supported the 2020 and 2022 budgets, thus becoming preferred partners for ERC, with the permission of Junts and the CUP. In fact, in last year's accounts the PSC and the commons also came to compete offering their willingness to reach an agreement, but the ERC's refusal to count on the socialists prevailed over Junts' reluctance to draw up an agreement with the commons.
Those of Illa offer themselves again without exclusions, but aware of the weakness of the Government and that the reluctance of the postconvergents towards Jéssica Albiach's party is endemic.