The future Cooperation Law goes ahead in Congress with the abstention of the PP
The Congress of Deputies has given the green light to the new Law on International Cooperation for Sustainable Development, which will establish the allocation of 0.7% of the Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance (ODA) on the horizon of 2030 with broad support but with the PP abstention.
The ‘popular’ have finally opted for do not support a text in which, however, they have recognized that a good part of the amendments have been taken up that they had presented thanks to transactional agreements with other groups but that they believe that their processing in the Senate can still be improved.
Your spokesperson, dove gazquezhas maintained that the PP is “a state party and that it always wants the best for Spain and for cooperation” hence his abstention, although has once again appealed to the “sense of State” of the Socialists, recalling that when the current International Cooperation Law was approved in 1998, the ‘populares’ accepted all the amendments presented by the PSOE.
“We cannot support this law because it has deficiencies but we are not going to promote the slightest stoppage because they need us out there a lot, for that reason we will abstain”, he explained, trusting the process in the Senate. “Let’s make this law continue to reflect the great country that is Spain and let’s improve it”, He has urged the Government and Socialists, after defending that cooperation has to be a State policy.
Present at the debate were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel Albares, the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Pilar Cancela, and the director of the AECID, Antón Leis. The minister thanked the “majority support” expressed by the groups before a “necessary” law and that will allow “a more effective cooperation system.”
“From the Government we know that it is a State law that has to add everyone and we have made the effort” to make it so, he maintained, stressing that 60% of the amendments have been accepted presented and the previous participatory process for the elaboration of the bill, while thanking the spirit with which it has been processed.
Albares had asked for the greatest possible consensus to carry out a law that will entail, among other things, a future amendment of the AECID and also a new Cooperator Statutewielding that it is called to endure over time.
Finally, the support has come from PSOE Y United We Canas well as the rest of the groups, including the independentistas and Ciudadanos, with the sole exception of voxwhich was the only parliamentary group to present an amendment to the entirety, which was rejected, and which had already voted against it in committee, as did the PP. The different spokespersons have been satisfied with the result achieved after the amendments that were approved in the Foreign Affairs Committee a week ago, although they have admitted that the text is not completely to their liking.
“It is not a perfect text, but it is better than the one that came out of the Council of Ministers,” said the spokesman for citizensJuan Ignacio López-Bas, whose party wanted greater recognition of the role that companies can play in terms of cooperation as well as that 15% of ODA be allocated to humanitarian action, compared to the 10% included in the text.
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