The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has decided to make a gesture of rapprochement with the CEOE employers' association after the tension with the businessmen of the electoral campaign and at the same time that he negotiates with the independence movement his possible investiture. Both Moncloa and the employers' association have announced the presence this Friday of Sánchez at an event at the employer's headquarters where its president, Antonio Garamendi, will act as host, whom the socialist leader has accused in recent times of being at the service of the PP. .
According to the official statement, this is the so-called Resilient EU2030 forum, in which the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will present to Spanish businessmen the strategic proposal of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union to strengthen economic security and global leadership in the region in this decade".
"The opening of the forum will be led by the president of CEOE and vice president of BusinessEurope, Antonio Garamendi, and the participation of the president of BusinessEurope, Fredrik Persson, is also planned," the statement continues. BusinessEurope is the leading European business association.
Moncloa has kept the employers in suspense all week, because the event was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but Sánchez suspended it after contracting Covid.
This is the first joint act between the President of the Government and Garamendi in a long time after the tension due to important disagreements. The Basque businessman has signed more than a dozen social agreements during the legislature, but in recent times he has refused to sign government initiatives such as the pension reform or the increase in the minimum wage, accusing the Executive of marginalizing businessmen and failing of dialogue.
The Government and the president himself have accused Garamendi of resistance to accepting agreements of social interest and being part of a conspiracy of "economic powers" that, in their opinion, intend to "break the Government."
Sánchez's approach coincides with his intention as acting president of the EU to show rapprochement with Spanish and European businessmen and not focus on his negotiations with the independentists to remain in power.