Josep Sánchez Llibre has begun his second term at the head of Foment del Treball, delving fully into the political debate. The re-elected, unopposed, president of the Catalan employers’ association has joined the criticism of other business organizations against Pedro Sánchez for his latest palliative measures against the inflationary crisis.
For the historical former deputy of Convergència i Unió, the “populist actions” of the head of the central Executive, which he attributes to “the influence” of his partners in United We Can, are “very pernicious” for the Spanish economy.
In his speech, Sánchez Llibre criticized, among other aspects, “the increase in tax pressure on certain economic sectors, claiming extraordinary benefits”, something that, in his words, “dynamits legal security and private property”.
Even so, not everything has been critical of the Sánchez government. The recent call for a new session of the dialogue table with the Generalitat has been applauded by the president of the employers’ association, who has always been in favor of exploring avenues of agreement between the central and regional executives to resolve the political disputes of the procés.
Sánchez Llibre, who has chaired Foment del Treball since 2018, when he replaced Joaquim Gay de Montellà, had a mandate that expired next September, but he decided to advance the electoral process by two months, to which no other candidate has participated.
The employers’ leader, as he explained, will continue working until 2026 to achieve objectives such as the return to Catalonia of the companies that moved their headquarters to other communities in 2017, after the 1-O referendum, and the expansion of the El Prat airport , which due to lack of agreement between the Generalitat and the Government was kept in the drawer almost a year ago.
In this sense, Sánchez Llibre has announced that Foment will organize, together with the Iese business school, “a great international event”, on November 21, to claim the need to expand this infrastructure.
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