Next week, the Federal Senate should install a temporary external commission to deal with the water crisis. Proposed by opposition parliamentarians, the collegiate will monitor and inspect the emergency measures adopted by the Bolsonaro government to try to contain the problem, which affects different sectors of the economy, such as agriculture and industry.
Because of this, the creation of the commission could represent a new focus of tension for the management in the House, where Planalto is already fighting a tough battle due to the media damage caused by Covid’s Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI).
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The application requesting the creation of the collegiate body to monitor the water supply crisis had been presented in early July by the minority leader, Jean Paul Prates (PT-RN), and by the president of the Environment Commission, Jacques Wagner (PT -BA).
This Thursday (16), the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), read the names of the representatives nominated by the parties to compose the group. There will be 11 holders, in all, with another 11 substitutes. The expectation is that the installation of the commission takes place next week, with the consequent choice of the president.
In a note published on Thursday, Prates mentioned his concern with actions arising from Provisional Measure (MP) 1055/2021, issued by the government at the end of June, which created the Chamber of Exceptional Rules for Hydroenergy Management.
Among other things, management foresees charges paid by consumers on the electricity bill based on decisions taken regarding usage limits and other aspects involving hydroelectric plants.
“We’re going to see if the government deliberately let the hydroelectric plants go down to the point where it was too expensive to activate the other alternatives or if it simply neglected it, it didn’t know what it was doing. Energy and savings go together. The blood of the economy is energy,” said the minority leader.
The country is experiencing a water crisis that has been identified as something of historic proportions, and the impacts are felt directly by the consumer. Recently, the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) announced an increase in tariffs, as well as forecasting an increase in the price of the electricity bill by 16.7% for 2022.
Edition: Vinícius Segalla