October 7, 2022

Yolanda Díaz presents the team with which she will lead the political platform of Sumar

Madrid, September 23 (EFE).- The second vice president of the government, Yolanda Díaz, presented this Friday the team of 35 people from her Sumar political platform, which will be responsible for leading the collective reflection to create a to design a new project for the country, with a long-term horizon and under progressive, green and pro-European parameters.

Speaking on Sumar’s debut, Díaz emphasized that there have been four country projects to date, those of former presidents Suárez, González, Aznar and Zapatero. She plans to lead “a progressive, green and European citizens’ movement” over the next decade.

He then explained to journalists that Rajoy and Sánchez were absent and assured them that in his opinion they have not been able to carry out long-term projects for the country because of the socio-economic crises they have faced.

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The second vice president of the government, Yolanda Díaz, will present the Sumar work teams in Madrid this Friday. EFE / JJ Guillen

Díaz spoke for a hundred guests and journalists in Espacio Larra, a sober place with hardly any furniture in a central area of ​​Madrid. Behind him a wall barely adorned with a few red, pink and white posters bearing the word Add with a single printed and repeated subtitle as the motto: ‘For a new land’.

The Sumar team continues the process of listening to society

Several of the 35 outstanding professionals in their fields who will lead the sections by subject have joined Díaz in the presentation of Sumar’s management team. These sections will continue the process of listening to society that they began months ago with a view to uniting the left before the next general election.

“Imagination cannot be limited to the size of a ballot box,” he insisted, emphasizing that the 35 professionals who will lead the Sumar areas will not have to be on future electoral lists. Their job will be to coordinate their respective groups (between 15 and 35 people each) to prepare diagnoses and proposals.

February is about the deadline for this process, as they have indicated in the political project. However, Diaz did not set a time limit in his speech. He has emphasized that he wants it to be “a long, deep look,” which will allow him to “step back and rethink our history” to get a better view of the future.

Yolanda Díaz wants to “reinvent the welfare state”

It will take ten years, Díaz said, to cope with the major transformations that are imminent, such as energy or digital, while “the short term has caused major problems in Spanish society.”

“We need to reinvent the welfare state,” said Sumar’s leader. This, in his opinion, goes through “another big pending task, tax reform” to end the “massive fiscal injustice” that there are “a lot of hyper-rich people who don’t contribute” to the treasury, in ” a flight from above”.

He added that “this is what Sumar is all about, there can’t be one tax now and the next tomorrow”, stating that he wants a platform for thoughts and design for a decade.

“A new social contract that is green, feminist, intergenerational and pacifist”, demanded Díaz before defining his project as “a progressive, green and European citizen movement”.

The team, name by name

Political scientists Marta Lois and Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca took part in the presentation, who will lead the care and democratic quality groups respectively. Also the Supreme Court magistrate Fernando Salinas, in charge of justice, and Francesca Bria, who intervened telematically from Rome and will coordinate the digitization team with rights.

The lawyers Javier Burón, Elsa Arnaiz, Ramón Máiz, Marina Echebarría, Amparo Merino, Marta Valencia, María José Rico and Juanjo Medina will be responsible for decent housing, youth, territorial model, lgtbiq+ rights and freedoms, decent work, inclusion of people with disability, fishing and civilian safety.

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The second vice president of the government, Yolanda Díaz (2i), poses with Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca (i), Marta Lois (r) and Fernando Salinas during the presentation of the Sumar working teams, this Friday in Madrid. EFE / JJ Guillen

Political scientists Joaquim Brugué, Ruth Ferrero and Arantxa Elizondo will lead governance and good governance, international politics and feminism and equality. The philosopher and sociologist César Rendueles is charged with welfare and social rights; the former CCOO leader Agustín Moreno, of education, and the doctor Rafael Cofiño, of health and mental health.

The cultural area is led by the Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga, economist and philosopher.
Other economists on Sumar’s management team include Jaume Pallerols (SME), Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo (productive model) and José Antonio Alonso (human rights).

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