Although his criticism of the opposition is permanent, MEP Juan Antonio Koloma (UDI) calls for a dialogue that faces Sebastian Pinera's second year of government, and the challenge he faces to approve various reforms in Congress.
This year, the government is striving to make progress in tax, labor, social and health reforms. What is your forecast for this challenge?
2019 should be the year of major reforms that President Pineera's government wants to promote, all energies should be directed to it. That is why it is particularly important to be the year of government reforms, not the presidential candidacies in Chile Vamoos.
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There are people who have presidential interest in Chile. Come on, this is a fact of the cause. But we hope that these guides will be put to the service of the political project, and this implies progress in reforms, especially since these reforms are on the axis that allowed us to win the presidential election and allow us to win the ideological debate, this is the place where we can achieve long-term grip. In order to choose a second government in Chile, it is essential to move forward the reforms in the ideological axis in which we have devoted ourselves to the people.
No agreement with the opposition should be sought without a majority in Parliament. How do we achieve this by referring to cases like the DK and his request for the resignation of Deputy Minister Castillo?
Deputy Secretary Luis Castillo has all the support of the UDI, has done great management and I hope he can continue to do so. But it is also obvious that we need the votes in Congress and that's why we have to sit down and talk to the opposition. One would like the opposition to devote itself to thinking about big deals rather than constant struggles for administrative agreements or internal differences. We see an opposition that is sometimes disoriented, fighting between the DC and the broad front, with the strain on the computer and the PS. We hope that this becomes an opposition that seeks to cooperate, which makes its contribution to the various debates, not the opposition philippus, as it was sometimes in 2018.
Call the opposition to seek agreement, but you yourself have been firm in your qualifications and criticism of this sector.
What we sometimes saw in 2018 was an opposition that moved closer to the axis of the Broad Front than to the historical axis of the new majority. When this happens, there is opposition more devoted to the block than offering that prevents projects from moving forward, and one expresses opinion about it. It is very different when she wants to cooperate, as when President Pinera has called on the commissions for the five major agreements, where there are obviously people who want to cooperate and others want to get out.
One of the co-operating countries was the DK, but now it is questioning any dialogue with the government at Castillo's exit.
One has to discuss the bills in their merits, not the logic of putting or removing people in positions that are extremely trusting the president. We call on DC, PR and especially the more moderate people of the former new majority to have the opportunity to sit down and discuss their merits in each of the reforms.
The president's travel to Kukuta has caused a variety of criticisms. Why do you think the trip was necessary?
When there is a country that is experiencing very serious human rights violations when democracy becomes a dictatorship, it is not enough just to send aid. There are times when political gestures are more important.
For the opposition, this would be more than a media show.
There is a clear demonstration of the leadership of President Pinera, who puts his political capital at the disposal of a cause which is a fundamental political fact. And that the president is ready to put his political capital in pursuit of the cause of Venezuela, shows that he does not think about internal politics but to put leadership in the region and to help Venezuela out of this enormous crisis.
Regarding the possibility of a cabinet change, do you think the adjustment for the beginning of the second year of management seems appropriate?
We had a lot of good governance, and part of that is because we had a very good team of ministers, deputy ministers, heads of services. When we are distracted, there must be a change in the office, we lose the ax; the axis should be the implementation of the reforms. The President will always have the ability to make a change, but I do not believe that today we have a greater need to do it.