Updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 10:52 a.m.
Published on: 10/26/2020 8:49 AM
Conference of Presidents with Pedro Sánchez and regional leaders after the government declared a state of alarm. The meeting, which takes place electronically, discusses the criteria for distributing European funds that will arrive in Spain and also has the virtual presence of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
It started at 10:00 am and there has already been a first announcement. According to the estimates of the Executive, more than 50% of the projects of the Recovery Plan will be carried out directly by the Autonomous Communities. Presidents and presidents can promote projects or programs in any area of the stimulus package.
There are powers which the Constitution recognizes as autonomous and which are closely linked to key areas of the plan. For example, housing, education, social policies, active employment or environmental policies. It will be in these areas that the Communities will be able to carry out the projects and programs which they present and are approved. For this, framework agreements will be concluded between the ministries concerned and the autonomous communities.
Up to eleven communities had requested a state of alert: the Basque Country, Catalonia, Cantabria, the communities governed by the PSOE of Asturias, Extremadura, La Rioja, Navarre, Castilla-La Mancha, the Community Valencia and the Balearic Islands, as well as the autonomous city of Melilla.
In the PP, one of the voices that spoke, in “Liarla Pardo”, was Javier Maroto, PP spokesperson in the Senate. He insisted on health reform: “If you have to choose between saving lives and supporting the government, the People’s Party will save lives.” The citizens support it, but with conditions. Thus expressed its president, Inés Arrimadas: “That the government assumes its responsibility, takes control of the situation and does not delegate to the autonomous communities.”
The meeting is divided into two sessions. The first will be led by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, the President of the Commission, and the regional leaders, then a second session of the technical teams will take place, to continue working on how to distribute and invest European funds .
The government’s intention during this meeting is to make the autonomous communities partners in the management of the European Recovery Fund and that they can have a direct dialogue with the president of the institution on this new instrument. However, some regional leaders who will participate in this conference have already made the demands that they will present in this forum.
Castile and Leon
The chairman of the board, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, proposes that Castilla y León carry out agreements with the autonomous communities with which it shares problems and in particular, with the Spanish Forum of regions with demographic challenges. It also advocates the formulation of projects as the regulations governing the funds become known. And, based on a common position, ask the central government to distribute these funds between the autonomous communities with objective and transparent criteria and above all taking into account the territorial balance and demographic issues.
The Andalusian sources of the PP point out to LaSexta that what is claimed in Andalusia is that the money between the CCAA is distributed with the same criteria with which the EC allocated it to the States, that is to say – say more money to those with more population. , more money for those with more unemployment, more money for those with less wealth.
With this formula, they point out, Andalusia would have 23,000 million euros out of the 72,000 non-reimbursable. “We are not talking about the board of directors that manages them, but rather that the projects, whether public, private, state, council or town halls, are developed in the territory of the autonomous community.
The president of the Xunta, Alberto Nuñez Feijóo, assured that Galicia will propose to reserve “part” of the Conference of Presidents which will meet on Monday to address the situation of the pandemic and its evolution throughout Spain. “This conference of presidents is essential to talk about the economic situation and Spain’s candidacy for European funds, but what is clear is that we are in a wave of pandemic, and we return to the problems of first, “he warned.
Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, believes that there is “absolute confusion” over EU funds and, after seeking clarification from both central government and EU institutions, he hoped that a “clarification” will be produced by the Commission. In addition, the president of the Basque executive assures that “in principle” he does not share Calviño’s “resignation approach” to “a section as large” as 70,000 million credits to claim only direct aid not refundable.
Urkullu said that at the moment the Basque government is in a “good exercise” of identifying projects, pending a clarification of what is happening with European funds in terms of quantification, work methodology, relationship that affects the reactivation funds, or what has to do with grants or loans. He also recalled that we must not forget that European funds are a debt of the EU, of the Member States and, “like any debt”, you have to pay “.
the Canary Islands
The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, will appear at the Conference of Presidents with the aim, in addition to European funds, to talk about immigration and the response it needs from Europe, while appealing to the solidarity of the autonomous communities.
The government of Navarre has already designed some projects that it wants to negotiate with the Spanish government so that they can be financed with European funds in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. These projects include the Navarra Canal, the Digital Innovation Center, a Navarrese “hub” for the agrifood industry, a green pact or a new urban agenda that includes the rehabilitation of the housing stock.
Castilla La Mancha
The vice-president of the government of Castile-La Mancha, José Luis Martínez Guijarro, asked the government that “there is an allocation under European funds so that they can be executed from January 1, 2021 in the communities autonomous who have approved budgets “.
Guijarro explained that until April 30, the Spanish government has a deadline to present the national program with the projects included before the European Union, then the European institutions have two months to present the project presented by Spain. “And from that moment the funds can be released, but the approach that will be taken is not to wait until July and that before the down payments can be made,” in the words of ‘number two’ from the Castilian executive of Manchego, “During these 6 months, projects can also be processed to save time”.
In the same vein of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha, the Minister of the Presidency of Aragon, Maite Pérez, who also influenced the down payments because she considers it important, took into account that on December 31 2023 they must be 70% of all resources allocated to Spain have been committed, and for this, all administrations must begin to execute “quickly and quickly”.