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“A robbery”, denounced yesterday the Popular Party. Weeks of negotiations between the ministry of Finance and the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) culminated yesterday with an agreement that only received the support of the PSOE -in fact forced the socialist mayor Abel Knight to ejerecer his casting vote to get on with it – and that has taken years of consensus that was the hallmark of the municipalities.
The approved document includes the Government’s commitment to distribute 5,000 million budgets among the municipalities with remnants. In addition, it establishes that the go local “voluntarily” be made available to the Government treasury. In exchange, the State agrees to transfer 2,000 million of its remaining this year and another 3,000 for the coming . This will be returned in ten years, beginning in the year 2022. “The transfer is the only way to use the remnants. After surrender them to the State, it sends them back to us free of deficit, and ready-to-spend”, arguementaba the mayor of Vigo in the press conference later.
A formula for “imaginative” , in the words of Maria Jesus Montero, but yesterday it cracked in two the board degGobierno of the EMFF, raising in turn a strong political dust-up. Of its 25 members, 12 votes were in favor (of the PSOE) and 12 were against (10 PP, one of Cs and one of the PdeCat). IU-We opted for the abstention to the understanding that the agreement is much room for improvement, but that could be dealt with in the parliamentary process. Today the council of ministers will approve the agreement, expected to, that will subsequently have to approve in the Congress.
Abel Knight argued that what was passed allows the local entities to choose “to the letter” and assign its remaining , benefit from the formula that regulates these surplus or opt for a mixed formula. “It is compatible, according to the agreement, the use of remnants and surplus,” explained the first councillor from vigo.
The approval of the proposal of the Treasury, which also suspends the compliance with the expenditure rule for the councils in 2020 and includes a fund of 275 million expandable to 400 by the deficit in transport during the pandemic, has given rise to criticism and reproaches especially in the ranks of the PP. The popular leader, Paul Married, criticized on Twitter the breakdown of the consensus and denució qu e “is left out to those most in need for those affected by the covid have aids”. Joined after its secretary general, Teodoro García Egea, who accused the Government of being the “most expensive in history” and “confiscating the savings of the local councils”.
The president of the diputación de Ourense Manual Baltar, he described what happened in declardaciones to ABC of “attack on the local autonomy” and he described yesterday as “a fateful day for the EMFF”. In your opinion, with this maneuver, the PSOE has made a “partisan use” of this institution.
Baltar reproached that, in this pandemic, the Government has not put “not a euro” for local entities and rejected the proposal, approved with a relative majority of the party of Sánchez of “operation economic and financial to the desperate”.
in Addition, “the last document we received it yesterday, and the variations were minimal with respect to the previous one”, he says, what, in your opinion, shows the lack of effort to reach a consensus. is “It’s all a theater” , he said. “This is a picture of the political situation in Spain: in front of a remnant generated by the good management in difficult economic times, the State arrives, intervenes, and returns in 10 years,” says Baltar.
On the commitment of the Government to distribute 5,000 million euros of the Budget between the municipalities, Baltar believes is a “bait”, and advise that all the covenant is “detrimental” to the municipalities and the provinces. in Addition to “ignore” the councils rural, to impose conditions on the use of the remnants..
The criticism of the popular had a quick response through a press release of the minister Maria Jesus Montero, who said that “Property or steals or expropriates” to the councils, and charged directly to the PP “metir” the use of these terms to the refererise to the proposal of his ministry. is An agreement that also includes the commitment to continue moving forward in the new local financing, in parallel with the reform of the regional governments. The maximum responsible of the EMFF announced that in September it will be a work-table technique for this purpose .
in the opinion of Valentín Pich, president of the General Council of Economists , some kind of agreement for the use of these remnants was something that was expected and more, “after four or five consecutive years of economic growth.” In this sense, stresses that the ascent of the IBI (Property Tax) had a lot to do in the formation of these surplus and that estimated to be between 3500 and 5000 million euros . Pich has also observed that “it has introduced a flexiblización of the statement of expenditure for this year and next” and shows his concern, especially because of the lack of public transport – in the proposal aprbada there is a fund of 275 billion to this end. In this line, it throws a notice: “it Is important to know what to spend and how it links to a sguimiento to the efficiency of this expenditure. This is a discuso I see little founded,” he points out.
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