PSN, Geroa Bai, and Contigo Zurekin have signed an agreement in the regional parliament for the formation of the Government in Navarra.
PAMPLONA, Aug. 8.
The Secretary General of PSN and candidate for re-election as President of the Government of Navarra, María Chivite, has stated on Tuesday, after signing the agreement with Geroa Bai and Contigo-Zurekin for the formation of the Government in the region, that "citizens can trust and be assured that we will continue working for the progress of Navarra. We want to be the bastion of progress in Spain and our path will be to advance in rights, public services, equality, and coexistence, without cuts or setbacks."
María Chivite has signed the agreement in the regional parliament together with the leader of Geroa Bai, Uxue Barkos, and the spokesperson of Contigo-Zurekin, Begoña Alfaro. Afterwards, she announced that she will call the President of the Parliament of Navarra, Unai Hualde, to inform him of these supports with the intention of presenting herself for the investiture, although the abstention of EH Bildu is necessary.
The Government would be formed by eight counselors from PSN, four from Geroa Bai, and one from Contigo-Zurekin. In addition, each party will have a vice presidency and Geroa Bai will designate the regional senator.
Chivite has praised the work of the negotiating teams of PSN, Geroa Bai, and Contigo-Zurekin after "intense" negotiations. She thanked them "for contributing to materialize the word that the Navarrese citizens expressed at the polls on May 28th." She emphasized that "the majority of citizens voted for progress, a plural government that is efficient, that functions, and that has a social majority, and the three parties have materialized that commitment and have taken on that responsibility."
The socialist leader has stated that "every negotiation must be demanding so that only the best agreement remains" and has indicated that this agreement "determines that the three parties will walk together for the next four years, an agreement in which I have always said that the three parties have to be comfortable."
María Chivite has stated that the agreement includes "basic principles that will govern the political action of the Government." Specifically, she mentioned "economic development and social cohesion, guaranteeing sustainable growth and equal opportunities. This requires strengthening public services as a key element."
The socialist politician added that the agreement focuses on "policies related to employment, with special emphasis on the most vulnerable or difficult-to-employ groups," such as women, young people, or migrants. She also mentioned "access to decent housing, deepening citizenship rights," and the values of peace and coexistence.
"We are going to be a feminist government that empowers women, respects affective-sexual diversity, the rights of LGBTI+ people, works against discrimination, and all forms of violence," she affirmed. She highlighted the commitment to innovation, digitization, artificial intelligence, and industry 4.0, among other aspects. She mentioned that "we want to seek consensus to update the Lorafna" and that the diversity of the region, especially its culture, heritage, and languages, will be defended. "That is why we show the utmost respect for the Basque language, in the context of the law and the logic of the sociolinguistic reality," she said.
She also mentioned a new regional health law, a housing plan "that goes until 2028," a reindustrialization plan, infrastructure development, and the implementation of a strategic plan for coexistence.
The spokesperson for Geroa Bai, Uxue Barkos, expressed satisfaction with "an agreement that consolidates us on the path we started in 2015 in terms of working on public policies in this region from a progressive and pluralistic perspective." She emphasized that "this is the basis of an agreement that will sustain, for the third consecutive time, the exercise of these public policies. These are four more years of a progressive and pluralistic agreement for the most important institution in this region, which will have to be valued alongside municipal institutions". She stated that "things have been brought back to common sense" after "intense" work.
"It is true that there have been two very intense months and sometimes disagreements between the parties, but finally, as I said, this results in the legislature 23-27, with a progressive and pluralistic government agreement," she emphasized.
Considering that "there are few doubts about the existence of a majority in the Plenary of the Parliament of Navarra to carry out the investiture without disruptions," Barkos pointed out that "if anything, the only question is whether the achievement of this agreement moves some pieces".
Finally, the spokesperson for Contigo-Zurekin, Begoña Alfaro, expressed "satisfaction with the agreement, which serves to confirm what the citizens voted for on May 28th". "Navarra is mostly progressive, clear, and what we do with this agreement is to reaffirm the mandate that the citizens gave us. At Contigo, we have maintained that the important thing was to reach a good programmatic agreement, and we believe that we have achieved it. It is a courageous agreement for progressive policies in favor of the people, although it is not the complete agreement that we would have liked," she assured.
"We would have liked, logically, an agreement that fully corresponded to our electoral program, but in a negotiation, as it cannot be otherwise, each party weighs as it is, negotiation, debate, and conversation take place, and we all have to give and take. The most important thing, in our opinion, is to be able to reach agreements between different parties and to respect the plurality of the Navarrese citizens. That is key because politics is about agreeing, and that is why we will not accept lessons from those who are incapable of reaching agreements with anyone," she claimed, emphasizing that "any negotiation is tough," but "in the end, that is positive because there are fundamental debates that enrich us all."
According to her, the "essential" aspect of this agreement is that "we continue a change that began" in 2015, and "that will continue to be seen in social policies aimed at the majority of the population." "Now, what we have to do is give stability to this government, start working from the moment this new government is constituted, and not disappoint the tens of thousands of people who voted for progressive options on May 28th," she expressed.
Regarding the stance of EH Bildu in the future investiture session, Chivite pointed out that the Basque nationalist party, which has called for a consultation with its members, "has already shown its willingness to support a progressive government, and we will see what their members think." She also stated that in the coming days, the three parties will hold a meeting with EH Bildu to explain the agreement reached.
When asked if she has informed the President of the Spanish Government, the Socialist Pedro Sánchez, about the agreement reached, Chivite replied that "strictly as a matter of procedure, I will call him now that the agreement is fully ratified and signed by the three parties," although "the President has been informed about the progress of the negotiations and the PSN's intention to form this government."