The Council of Ministers approved this Tuesday to grant the Grand Cross of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III to 23 former ministers of the Government of Spain, including the former second vice president and former leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, the former Minister of Transport, Jose Luis Ábalos, and the former head of Culture and Sports Maximum Orchard.
The Executive has also decorated former ministers of the Popular Party during the Governments of Mariano Rajoy, such as José Manuel García-Margallo, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, Pedro Morenés, José Ignacio Wert, José Manuel Soria, Luis de Guindos and Alfonso Alonso.
Along these lines, the current State Attorney General and former Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, and her successor, Juan Carlos Campo, have been distinguished; the former Minister of Education and Vocational Training Isabel Celaá; whoever was responsible for the work portfolio Magdalena Valerio; the current president of Congress, Meritxell Batet; the former Health Ministers Carmen Montón and María Luis Carcedo; to Science and Innovation Pedro Duque, and to former Ministers of Culture and Sports José Guirao and José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya closes the list of decorations; the former head of Health and first secretary of the PSC, Salvador Illa; and Manuel Castells, who recently left the Universities department.
The Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III is the Highest honorary distinction among the Spanish Civil Orders and its objective is “to reward citizens who with their efforts, initiatives and work have rendered eminent and extraordinary services to the Nation,” according to its own regulations.
It consists of five grades –Collar, Grand Cross, Encomienda de Number, Encomienda and Cruz– and, in this case, the Government has awarded former ministers as the culmination of their relevant services to the State.