The Senate will hold a new plenary session on Tuesday at which issues beyond the coronavirus pandemic will be debated, with parliamentary groups asking the government questions about the closure of the smelting plant in Alcoa and the Nissan factory in Barcelona, along with the dismissals of the Civil Guard, and exactly how the new minimum wage will be financed, in addition to many other different aspects of the crisis caused by Covid-19.

The closure of Nissan’s Barcelona plant will be one of the issues to be addressed on Tuesday. Junts per Catalunya spokesman, Josep Lluís Cleries, will ask the government for an explanation of its plan to support the automobile sector, days after the Japanese firm’s announcement that it may cause the plant with the loss of thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

The issue will also be raised by Sara Vilá, from En Comú Podem, who will ask for an assessment of the closure of Nissan “and the adaptation of the car industry to the climate emergency so that it can have a future.”

PP senator José Manuel Barreiro will take to the plenary the announcement of the closure of Alcoa, the only smelting plant that remains in Spain, and will ask about the solutions that the Government is going to propose to avoid its closure.


For the PP, Fernando Martínez Maillo will ask the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marñaska, “when do you plan to resign” after the resignations and sackings of senior Civil Guard commanders this week. The pair already clashed in the Senate Interior Committee on Friday on this issue, which has drawn strong criticism from the PP.

Fernando Grande-Marlaska
Fernando Grande-Marlaska

The ‘Partido Popular’ will also use their quota of questions to ask the Government how it is going to finance the minimum income that it has just approved, due to the “continuous changes in criteria.”

Although they will no longer be the majority, the parties have raised questions on issues related to the coronavirus crisis and the declaration of the state of alarm, including the extension of the ERTE (ERC-Bildu), the situation of the people in prisons (Cs), and the purpose of the campaign launched by the Government under the motto “We come out stronger” (PP).