An image that, contrary to usual, was not published in its day by the First Vice President of the Government, Nadia Calviño, is of interest in light of the motion of censure presented by Vox against the Government.
Calviño decorated the now Vox candidate for the presidency of the Government, Ramón Tamames, on November 30, in a discreet act at the Ministry's headquarters that the department did not disseminate. THE WORLD has had access to the image, which accompanies this text.
It was the awarding of medals from the Association of Commercial Technicians and State Economists (TCEE) that in its 2022 edition corresponded to Tamames, already very critical of the Government at that time. Also to another uncomfortable person for Calviño. This is Silvia Iranzo, one of the Indra directors who decided to resign last year in protest at government interference in this Ibex company.
The vice president's team did not disclose images of the event or make a press release, but the association did immortalize the scene. It is the one that brings together the body of commercial technicians, considered elite in the Spanish Administration, and that awards annual medals to its members every year.
Consulted sources of this private law association assure that Calviño, although she is a prominent member of the union, cannot interfere in the awarding of medals, although tradition obliges her to preside over their delivery. She has been doing it like this since she assumed the vice presidency in 2018. "Sometimes she expresses displeasure for the names of the chosen ones and regrets that they were not others, but she ends up presiding over the act correctly," they say in the association. This is what happened on November 30 when, according to those attending the event, Calviño avoided criticizing Tamames and made a complimentary portrait of her figure.
Tamames and Calviño avoided reproaches during the delivery ceremony
The same sources assure that the vice president was also correct with Iranzo, with whom she coincided in the previous stage of both in Brussels, avoiding reproaching her for her abrupt resignation in Indra after the government managed to expel independent directors. This commercial technician submitted her resignation last June because, in her opinion, the maneuver backed by the Executive implied "lowering the company's corporate governance standard to the detriment of the majority of shareholders not represented on the Board." Iranzo focused his intervention on the celebration of the day and Tamames also shied away from questioning Calviño's economic policy. "The vice president was especially affectionate," recalls the professor.
In an interview in EL MUNDO in 2020, Tamames described the Government as "deficient", but saved Calviño in it, "who does what he can", and stressed that he had "more savoir faire" than the rest.
The veteran professor focused his speech at the Ministry upon receiving the medal in praising this elite administrative body and said he felt "a warm pride in belonging to a civil service entity that has rendered important services to the economic development of Spain, in any circumstance, from nearly a century ago." He recalled that the TCEE body was born in 1930 by a decree within a series of measures to combat the effects of the so-called Great Depression.
A former Indra resigned adviser was also decorated
According to Tamames, this union has been present in all the recent historical stages of the economic history of Spain, such as the 1959 Stabilization Plan which, according to what he stressed, "allowed the decisive step towards a free market economy and the least intervention state".
Tamames has been a commercial technician since 1957 and focused on that trade until 1968, when he won the Chair of Economic Structure, first in Malaga, to later come to the Autonomous University of Madrid.
When Tamames was released, Alberto Ullastres was Minister of Commerce, who considered commercial technicians "the watchtower of the Spanish economy."
Calviño also attaches importance to his union and since taking office he has awarded the main positions of responsibility in the Ministry to commercial technicians instead of economists who are active in the PSOE.
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