The Minister of Inclusion and Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, assured today that he has been surprised by the criticisms of the president of the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF), Cristina Herrero, who considers that they stem from a “very narrow view of what independence is“.
On his way through Paris to participate in a conference organized by J-Pal (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a network of experts dedicated to carrying out evaluations to reduce poverty), Escrivá rejected that “steal the chance something as high as the highest level civil service in a government to people with this experience”, even if they come from independent organizations.
“I am surprised that they tell me this because it would mean a version, a very narrow view of what independence is”, considered the minister, who had previously directed AIReF.
That leap into politics was the one that made Herrero ugly this Thursday in Spain in the midst of a controversy over a report on the implementation of the Minimum Vital Income (IMV). “In my opinion It is not good to go from AIReF to the Government“, said Herrero during his speech at the summer course at the Menéndez Pelayo International University.
In response, Escrivá said in Paris that “with that argument” the institutions could not use people like Mario Draghi o Christine Lagarde. “Honestly, I don’t see it. But it’s a debate that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world,” she reflected.