Negotiations between the PSOE and Sumar to form the new executive remain open once Pedro Sánchez is inaugurated with 179 votes in favor this Thursday. Among the requests for the formation of Yolanda Díaz is the current Ministry of Culture and Sports. However, the socialists refuse to give Sportsto another portfolio.
Ernest Urtasun, MEP of Catalunya en Comú and spokesman for Sumar, He emerged as the new Minister of Culture. The economist has worked in Brussels since 2014 and is also vice president of the Green Group/European Free Alliance. He will replace Miquel Iceta in office.
The plan of Pedro Sánchez is that sports will integrate with the education portfolio, which will report directly to the Presidency. It is completely denied, however, that he had his own ministry. The intention of the re-elected President of the Government is to reduce the number of portfolios, which are currently 22.
(The replacement of Nadia Calviño, a great unknown in the Government with political weight, that Sánchez concluded)
The PSOE considers it very important to continue to manage the sport in Spain, especially with the Paris 2024 Olympic Games coming to an end. the appointment of Spain as the organizer of the 2030 soccer World Cup.
It cannot be ruled out that the current president of the Higher Sports Council, Victor Francos, will continue in office because of his good performance during the months he was in office and after dealing with situations as complex as the case of Rubiales.
Precisely, the proximity of the Olympic event and, above all, the 2030 World Cup in football are considered state affairs for socialists and two of the main reasons why they refused to hand over the portfolio to their partner in government.
Pedro Sánchez took advantage of Spain’s appointment as World Cup organizer after the suspension and subsequent resignation of Luis Rubiales. The President of the Government met with Gianni Infantino in New York weeks before FIFA unexpectedly announced the decision of the organization in seven years in the most important sporting event after the Olympic Games.
Besides, the possibility of Sumar claiming that this portfolio has created a climate of tension among the main actors in Spanish sports Radical positions such as those shown in the formation of Yolanda Díaz are very disturbing in a very important and influential sector, despite the fact that it has never had its own ministry in Spain in history.
Precisely, large companies also show great concern given the possibility that Sánchez will hand over key ministries for the country’s economy, such as industry or health, to Sumar.
At first, according to sources of negotiations, there will be five ministries that will end under the leadership of Yolanda Díaz. In addition to labor, social rights and culture, health, youth, and children are the portfolios that will complete the quota of the left-wing party in the new executive.
The 2030 World Cup, key
They will also be key to the election of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, which will happen in the first quarter of next year. After the ‘Rubiales case’, the image of the country was greatly affected internationally, and it was necessary to protect the reputation of Spain in the face of the challenge of organizing one of the most important events in the world.
The government, through Víctor Francos, has been in charge of this process all along after the scandal involving Luis Rubiales’ kiss with Jenni Hermoso. It is, precisely, the current president of the CSD who went to Oliva (Valencia) to reach an important agreement between the RFEF and the players that will ensure protection and equality for the players.
Sánchez considers the game important and one of the drivers of the economy in the coming years due to the 2030 World Cup. These circumstances led the President of the Government to be opposed to Urtasun, who assumed the powers that would eventually continue under the rule of the PSOE after the conversations held with Yolanda Díaz.