The ministers of the new coalition government between PSOE and Sumar will swear or promise their position before King Felipe VI starting at 9:30 a.m. this Tuesday at the Zarzuela Palace, as reported by the Royal House.
The 22 members of the Government of Pedro Sánchez, who already promised his position last Friday after being re-elected the day before by the Congress of Deputies, must comply with this procedure before taking possession of their respective portfolios.
For many, it will be a matter of re-swearing the position they already hold, as is the case with the three vice presidents –Nadia Calviño, Yolanda Díaz and Teresa Ribera– while for others, such as the head of the Treasury, María Jesús Montero, it will mean add new powers, in her case that of fourth vice president.
The heads of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, will also repeat; Defence, Margarita Robles; Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska; and Agriculture, Luis Planas, while the head of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, will add the Justice portfolio.
Pilar Alegría will be the new spokesperson for the Government, in addition to holding the portfolio of Education, Vocational Training and Sports, Isabel Rodríguez will hold the portfolio of Housing and Urban Agenda, while José Luis Escrivá will be Minister of Digital Transformation and Diana Morant repeats as Minister of Science and Universities.
The new ministers of the socialist quota are that of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres; that of Industry: Jordi Hereu; that of Transportation, Óscar Puente; that of Social Security, Elma Saiz, and that of Equality, Ana Redondo.
For its part, Sumar is left with five portfolios, the Labour portfolio held by Yolanda Díaz; that of Health, Mónica García; Culture, Ernest Urtasun; Social Rights, Pablo Bustinduy; and Childhood and Youth, Sira Rego.
Sánchez has announced that the new coalition government between the Socialist Party and SUMAR will have four female vice presidents and 22 ministries, and will have more female ministers than male ministers: 12 women and 10 men. “A team that combines renewal with permanence, experience with youth. A government of women and men to provide stability to the country for the next four years,” the president stressed.
Likewise, he highlighted that it is “a high-profile political team for a high-profile political legislature” and “people capable of managing, but also of reaching agreements and explaining them publicly.”
The ministers of the new cabinet are the following:
- First Vice President and Minister of Economy, Commerce and Business, Nadia Calviño.
- Second Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz.
- Third Vice President and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera.
- Fourth Vice President and Minister of Finance and Public Function, María Jesús Montero.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares.
- Minister of the Presidency, Justice and Relations with the Cortes, Félix Bolaños.
- Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles.
- Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
- Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Óscar Puente.
- Minister of Housing and Urban Agenda, Isabel Rodríguez.
- Minister of Education, Vocational Training and Sports; and minister spokesperson, Pilar Alegría.
- Minister of Industry and Tourism, Jordi Hereu.
- Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas.
- Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres.
- Minister of Culture, Ernest Urtasun.
- Minister of Health, Mónica García.
- Minister of Social Rights, Consumption and Agenda 2030, Pablo Bustinduy.
- Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Diana Morant.
- Minister of Equality, Ana Redondo.
- Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, Elma Saiz.
- Minister of Digital Transformation, José Luis Escrivá.
- Minister of Youth and Children, Sira Rego.
Continuing government in the economic area, which will prioritise social policies, dialogue and negotiation
During his appearance, the President of the Government stressed that “Spain is stronger than five years ago”, but “there is still much to do” and from the new progressive coalition government “we have more desire, determination and enthusiasm than ever.”
Sánchez highlighted that the new government “will have a marked feminist accent with four female vice presidents and more female ministers than male ministers.” Furthermore, she explained that “it will be continuous in the economic area and in the so-called ministries of State” and “it will prioritise social policies and more specifically housing and policies dedicated to young people.”
On the other hand, the head of the Executive has pointed out that the new Government will introduce “new priorities”, with the “creation of new ministries such as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Agenda, the Ministry of Digital Transformation or the Ministry of Youth and Children. And “will prioritise dialogue and negotiation in a legislature that will be key for the social and territorial cohesion of Spain.”
A high-profile political team
Pedro Sánchez also wanted to highlight that we are at the beginning of “a legislature with a high political profile” and to do so “we must have a team up to the task, a team with a high political profile. A solvent and solid government to offer security in a country and in a world, shaken by great transformations and challenges”.
Likewise, the president has highlighted the preparation and competence of each and every member of the new Executive, as well as their trajectories forged, in many cases, in regional and local politics.
Thanks to the outgoing ministers
Sánchez wanted to have a few words of gratitude for the women and men who will no longer be part of the government, to whom he has conveyed his “recognition and gratitude for the great work done.”
In this sense, he recalled that they have been ministers who have faced unprecedented situations, such as the COVID pandemic or the war in Ukraine and its humanitarian, political and socioeconomic consequences.