The communities of the PP and Catalonia insist that a new covid fund be set up | Spain

The Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, this Tuesday, at a ceremony in Madrid.
The Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, this Tuesday, at a ceremony in Madrid.Carlos Luján (Europa Press)

The communities of the PP and the Catalan Government of ERC and Junts have reiterated this Friday at the preparatory meeting of the Conference of Presidents to be held in January in La Palma their request to the Government for a multimillion-dollar covid fund to cover the costs caused by the pandemic . The Executive does not contemplate enabling a bag similar to that of the 16,000 million euros last year to lost fund for the autonomies: the amendment of Junts demanding an autonomic fund of 9,300 million that went ahead in Congress due to the error of the lawyers is “Unenforceable” according to the Ministry of Finance to be “incompatible” with the budgetary provisions. Moncloa also does not consider that the Conference is the appropriate body to address these issues and for that reason the covid fund has not been included in the agenda of the summit, which still does not have a closed date pending the evolution of the volcanic crisis on the island.

The Ministry of Territorial Policy, where Minister Isabel Rodríguez and the regional vice-presidents or councilors of the Presidency have met – a councilor of the Treasury has also attended – for more than four hours, has also not incorporated regional financing as Andalusia and Andalusia have proposed. Murcia (PP) and the Valencian Community (PSOE). The Government understands that the appropriate space is not the Conference of Presidents, although it is taken for granted that the regional presidents will raise the issue. But the Executive insists that the negotiations on the renewal of the model, obsolete since 2014, must be dealt with in the Council for Fiscal and Financial Policy, which brings together the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, and the territorial councilors. The Government has agreed this Friday an extra allocation of 756.2 million euros for the Valencian Community, Catalonia and Murcia, which will be charged to the regional financing funds, so that they can cover needs pending deficits.

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The reinforcement of primary care with the increase in available places has generated consensus among the communities that attended the meeting. The modification of the regulations proposed by the Government and advanced by EL PAÍS has also generated widespread agreement, pending approval at the Conference. The Ministry of Territorial Policy will study that it is one of the central issues of the 25th Conference of Presidents together with community funds. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, conveyed to the communities in the summer that they will execute more than 50% of the funds of the European recovery plan.

Representatives of the territories, of the PP and PSOE, have insisted that there be greater flexibility and that they be taken into account more to be able to make the most of the manna from Brussels. One of the main concerns that have been addressed affects the solvency funds: the 7,000 million in direct aid to companies and the self-employed – 2,000 were reserved for the Balearic and Canary Islands to revive the economy, which is highly dependent on tourism – ends its term on 31 December. December and there are territories in which they have hardly been distributed.

The Basque Country was the only community absent from the meeting at the Territorial Policy headquarters. The Minister of Public Governance and Self-Government, Olatz Garamendi, has urged the Government to comply with the calendar and the transfer agreements. “It makes no sense to participate in multilateral forums when the bilateral agreement is not respected,” he said. Garamendi has stressed that pending transfers such as the minimum vital income should have been made. “We attach great importance to all collaboration spaces, this is a multilateral space and it is important to participate in these forums,” Rodríguez observed. The counselor Catalan President of the Presidency, Laura Vilagrà, did attend the meeting, although she has not clarified whether Pere Aragonès will attend La Palma. “I will immediately transfer to president the documentation and the agenda for the next Conference of Presidents and we will just assess whether their presence is necessary ”, he assured. Aragonès was the only regional president who was not at the last Conference, last July in Salamanca. “We have recovered with absolute normality the relations with the Generalitat”, has valued the Minister of Territorial Policy.

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