The Senate has given the ‘green light’ this Wednesday definitively to the Bill for the Right to Housing, so that the rule is ready for its entry into force, after publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE). Just before the regional and municipal elections on May 28, the Executive has managed to carry out one of the ‘key’ laws of the legislature, after months of intense negotiations within the coalition government itself and with parliamentary groups.
During its processing in the Senate, the groups presented more than 300 partial amendments and six vetoes from the PP, the PNV, Junts per Catalunya, Cs, Vox and UPN, which have finally been rejected by the Upper House, so the Law does not it will have to return to congress for final ratification. The PSOE, ERC, Bildu, Más Madrid, ASG, Compromis, Més per Mallorca and Teruel Existe have voted in favor of the Law in the Upper House. The PP, PNV, Junts, Vox, Ciudadanos, PAR and UPN have positioned themselves against, while the PRC has abstained.
The Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, took the floor at the end of the debate in the Upper House and began her speech by thanking her team and the groups that have made the approval of this regulation possible. Sánchez has also launched an “express thanks” to the Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, for her work to promote the Law after months of negotiation. “We close a path that has been long and difficult. A path of almost three years of intense work carried out in permanent dialogue with the representatives of the affected sectors and with the academic and professional world”, the minister celebrated.
Raquel Sánchez has defended that this Law is “legally sound” and takes “the best” of the regulations that have been implemented in other countries. “It is also defined as socially ambitious, since it seeks nothing more and nothing less than to change the traditional orientation of housing policies in our country”, she underlined. This is the first State Housing Law in the history of democracy and is one of the reforms included in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan and one of the milestones agreed with the European Commission for the disbursement of ‘Next Generation’ funds EU’.