ERC and Bildu ask to freeze mortgages at the levels prior to the rate hike


Esquerra Republicana and EH-Bildu have presented a amendment jointly with the project of the General State Budgets of 2023 to freeze throughout the year the variable rate mortgages of less than 360,000 euros to the levels prior to the rate hike, that is, subject to the interest rate in force on September 1, 2022 and prevent any rise during 2023.

This is not the only joint claim raised by these formations to deal with the price crisis in the Budgets, since they also seek to continue with the extraordinary and obligatory extension of the habitual residence rental contracts. The amendment also contemplates the possibility of request a temporary stay and extraordinary in the payment of rent throughout the year when the owner is a business either public entity or a big fork.

In addition, ERC has presented in Congress another amendment to the General State Budgets for 2023 to allocate 1,000 million euros to the creation of a local fund to cover the energy bill for local entities. In their amendments they have claimed that the hydroelectric concessions are public and do not obey the results of large power companies. The partial amendment explains that it is a extraordinary credit which will aim to provide them with greater financing to cover the extra costs of the energy bill that occur in 2023, which will be distributed during 2023 and 2024in accordance with the distribution criteria agreed upon for this purpose.

The pro-independence formation has clarified that the amounts received by local entities charged to said credit must be used “exclusively” to finance the extra costs of the power supplies corresponding to electricity, gas and fossil fuels. The fixing of the distribution criteria would occur during the first quarter of 2023, according to the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

Public hydrographic concessions

Esquerra has also proposed a modification of the State Water Law to allow hydroelectric concessions to be public. Specifically, he has argued that the hydrographic confederations can grant concessions directly, if the municipalities or local and regional entities where they are established consider them so territoriallythose hydroelectric power plant concessions that revert based on the conditions set forth in the law.

ERC has argued that the use of water, as it is a public good“should be at the service of people and not at the service of the income statement of the large electricity companies”, especially taking into account the current context of “unsustainable energy prices”. Likewise, he has recalled that recent court rulings have ruled that the hydraulic farms for the production of electrical energy cannot exceed the 75 years. In this sense, it has demanded that the concession be granted to the Generalitat once it expires.


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