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Ximo Puig rebuilds his government to restart the Valencian Community with European funds.

Latest NewsXimo Puig rebuilds his government to restart the Valencian Community with European funds.

President of the Generalitat Ximo Puig in the Salo de Corts Palau de la Generalitat this Saturday.Monica Torres

“To revive the Valencian Community in a decisive year”, to give “new impetus” to government action with European funds and to “accelerate the transformation” of the production fabric, which symbolizes the recent election of Sagunto as the headquarters of the first Volkswagen Gigafactory in Spain and the third in Europe. These are the strong ideas that Valencia’s socialist President Ximo Puig presented this Saturday to explain the biggest renovation undertaken in his seven years at the head of the Generalitat, which he rules with the support of his partners Compromís and Unides. Climb . The change comes a year before the next regional elections, although Puig denies this was the intent: “This is not a change of government for elections; it means to welcome this decade of opportunity.”

Puig used the second step, moving and a man outside the world of politics to update. He changed the owners of the four ministries of Consell’s socialist quota. Three new faces. Most significant is the inclusion of Rebeca Torro as the new Minister of Territorial Policy (with a portfolio of public works). This lawyer played a key role as the Autonomous Minister of Economics in negotiations with a German multinational company for its implementation in the city of Valencia with an investment of 3,000 million euros (plus 500 million from Iberdrola for a new photovoltaic plant that will supply the plant) and the creation of 3,000 direct workers places. Puig has repeatedly mentioned this strategic and transformative project.

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Torro’s appointment, which will be made official on Monday, like the others, involves the transfer of Arcadi Espana, Puig’s most trusted man, from the Ministry of Territorial Policy to the Ministry of Finance. And, in turn, the departure of the one who was the owner of this, the historical leader of the Valencian socialists Vicente Soler, 73 years old. Puig justified his decision on the need for “renewal” and positive changes, stressing that Soler had secured approval “on time and in form” of seven budgets in a row with a left-wing coalition government. He also praised his educational work, saying that the Community of Valencia was the worst funded in Spain and demanded reform of the autonomous system. However, the central governments, first from the PP, and now from the PSOE and United We Can, have postponed said reform, arguing that there is no agreement between parties or between communities.

The biggest surprise of the reconstruction was the election of the doctor, head of the clinical hospital and university professor Miguel Minges as the new Minister of Health. Puig showed his knowledge and experience in several hospitals in Valencia. Minges will replace Ana Barcelo, who will become the representative of the socialist parliamentary group in the Valencian Parliament. In fact, Puig took advantage of last week’s resignation of previous press secretary Manolo Mata to initiate reconstruction. A few months ago, Mata took on the defense as a criminal defense lawyer for Jaime Febrer, the chief businessman accused in the Azud case, which allegedly involves former members of the PP and PSPV. Having removed part of the secrecy of the resume, he left his post. Puig made no secret of his sympathies for Barceló, who were “at the bottom of the canyon in the most difficult place throughout the pandemic.”

Finally, the current regional senator, former rector of the University of Alicante and former Director General of Universities in the first legislature of the so-called Botanical Government, Josefina Bueno replaces Carolina Pascual, Telecommunications Engineer, as Minister of Innovation and Universities. .

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Rebeca Torro, new minister of territorial policy.
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These four changes in the socialist part had a precedent last Wednesday in the Komprom quota. Minister of Education, Culture and Sports Wisen Marza unexpectedly resigned (he will continue as a regional MP) to commit himself to the party in order to reissue the progressive pact in the regional elections, according to what he said. He is replaced by the one who was regional secretary for culture, Raquel Tamarit, also from Compromís.

Thus, the government of Valencia will consist of seven women and five men, recalled Puig. Thus, the president settled a week of disputes about his intentions. Finally, he used the second tier of the Generalitat and socialist politicians, unexpectedly including a doctor, a recognized professional in his field, according to health sources, but without media coverage. It was the only corporate name that didn’t transcend on Friday. Those who are considered stars were not signed due to their possible appearance in social networks and the media. In the year leading up to an election, opportunities diminish and difficulties in attracting professionals from outside the party sphere increase.

Puig stressed that the “renewed” government will restart the Valencian Community “in a decisive year”. The President of Valencia, without “triumphantism”, defended the work of his executive in a “very difficult” situation and used the improvement in all social and economic indicators since the Left ruled in 2015.

According to the new Consell, to accelerate the transformation of the Valencian community in the post-pandemic period.

Strengthen the Valencian path of stability, social harmony and solutions.

Priority: Continue to create work and social justice.

— Ximopuig (@ximopuig) May 14, 2022


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