Ione Belarra, Irene Montero and Pablo Iglesias, in Congress. (Photo: .)
The prestigious American newspaper The New York Times has dedicated an article to analyze the measures adopted by the Pedro Sánchez government to stop the rise in the price of electricity and “help households.”
Thus, the article explains that the Executive has promised to “limit the profits obtained by electricity companies as a result of the recent increase in the price of natural gas.” In this sense, he points out that some other European governments have also “outlined” plans to help consumers.
Speaking specifically of Spain, the New York Times says that the sharp rise has become “a political problem” and recalls that Sánchez leads “a left-wing coalition government” that has the support of United We Can. And he sums up this formation in one sentence: “A party committed to protecting the most vulnerable households.”
“The package of emergency measures would protect, among other things, the poorest families who cannot pay their bills by extending the grace period before the public services can cut the electricity supply,” says the newspaper.
The text contains some opinions favorable to the measures, such as that of Javier García Breva, an expert in renewable energy, who celebrates that “no Spanish government had ever dared to confront the energy companies that control our market as an oligopoly.” For this reason, he qualifies the measures as “historical” although he anticipates that they will provoke the ire of companies.
He also echoes the statements of Edmundo Bal, deputy for Ciudadanos, saying that Sánchez was simply putting a “patch” on the energy problem, instead of looking for a long-term solution.
This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.