News from the Capitals #1
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
The first round of regional and departmental elections took place on 20 June. This round was marked by an unprecedent abstention rate of 67% of the population. Many outgoing candidates came out on top of the results and are in a good position to win again. The extreme-right party, which was supposed to come out on top in several regions according to the polls, took the lead in only one region (PACA).
The outcome of the regional elections shows a lack of support for the presidential party La République en Marche and for the far-right party Rassemblementnational. Traditional conservative party Les Républicains came out as the overall winner, followed by the Parti socialiste. With less than a year to go until the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron still has some voters to convince while the Républicains gain confidence. Yannick Jadot was designated candidate for the Green party.
The Court of Auditors has required the defendants of Proces (the organisers of the referendum on the independence of Catalonia in 2017) to record the €5.4 million they spent to promote the independence of Catalonia internationally. The Generalitat (the government of Catalonia) renounced a short-term referendum and gave itself two years to negotiate with the Government, while opening a parallel dialogue path to obtain more transfers from the State.
In COVID-19 news, the Portuguese Minister of Health, Marta Temido has indicated governmental concern about the implications of a fourth wave and the advancing spread of the delta variant. This comes as a result of a record number of infection rates, which have not been seen since the beginning of the year.