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In Madrid, the extinction of the lights of the windows arouses controversy

By Mathieu de Taillac

Posted 1 hour ago, Updated 1 hour ago

In Madrid, shops must turn off window lights at 10 p.m. and set the air conditioning to a minimum of 27°C in summer. Juan Barbosa/ASSOCIATED PRESS

STORY – The decree on energy savings was signed by the government and is directly imposed on traders, but the control of its application falls to the regions.


“Madrid does not go out!”, proclaimed the president of the Spanish capital region upon discovering the energy restrictions decreed by the central government. Among the obligations that anger Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the most media-savvy of the regional presidents of the Popular Party (PP, right), that made to shops to turn off the lights in the windows at 10 p.m., or the setting of the air conditioning at 27 ° C minimum in summer, and heating at 19°C maximum in winter. “The community of Madrid will not apply these measures”, assured Ayuso on August 2, a policy which built its notoriety by multiplying the frontal clashes with the left-wing government of Pedro Sanchez, in particular at the height of the Covid epidemic.

The decree on energy savings is signed by the government, it imposes itself directly on traders, but, specific to the Spanish administrative millefeuille, the control of its application falls to the regions. Suffice to say that Ayuso, unless you activate…

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