March 8, 2014
Macri calls CFK, Scioli to 'join efforts' ahead of a 'turbulent' year
Escorted by his second-in-command and possible PRO party candidate to run for governor in the province of Buenos Aires María Eugenia Vidal, Mayor Mauricio Macri kicked off a new period of sessions of the City Legislature this morning.
“The president can count on somebody who despite our public differences has worked to build peace in the country,” Macri said as he called both President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and governor of the province of Buenos Aires Daniel Scioli to “dialogue” and work on a “common agenda.”
In a 20-minute-speech, the head of the PRO party referred to the 2015 presidential elections when he is expected to challenge the ruling Victory Front party candidate. “Every sector will try to take a position for 2015 but let’s find common issues we can agree on,” Macri said and went on to outline what he called some “key points” of his administration agenda such as the “Green City” project to foster sustainable development.
The two-term Mayor of the Argentine capital did refer to education goals but decided to not comment on the current conflict sparked by severe flaws in the newly-implemented online registration system for public schools that has left thousands of students without vacancies and angry parents and teachers protesting on the streets in recent weeks. “Online inscription showed the lack of transparency the system had,” Macri rather said and went on to announce the inauguration of the Banco Ciudad headquarters in the neighbourhood of Parque Patricios in the southern area of Buenos Aires.
At that point, the PRO leader highlighted that the City’s bank aims at granting "1,100 housing credits" this year “for those who need it the most” and added that 1,000 families have already received the loan which has “the lowest interest rate in the market.”
“Whoever rules the country, we have to work in an organized scenario to improve people’s quality of life. I invite you to join efforts. I hope this year finds us working together as people want and deserve. I am sure we will make it. We have a great future ahead,” BA City Mauricio Macri finally said.