Autonomous Presidents Conference
Torra, Urkullu and Moreno Bonilla criticize the government for failing them and Feijo warns that “nobody knows what to do”
The Prime Minister, Pedro Snchez, has tried to reduce the discomfort of some regional leaders by promising them a consensual de-escalation, as far as possible, and, above all, to give them more money. “Our intention is to govern this transition,” he told them in the eighthConference of Presidentsmonograph on the pandemic ofcoronavirus.
In his initial intervention, Snchez has gone to the point and has detailed the distribution of the extraordinary fund of non-reimbursable liquidity of 16,000 million euros with which to help sustain the regional coffers. “They will be 6,000 immediately, and two phases of 5,000 million in the second part of the year,” has advanced them, according to the sources consulted. Of the total amount, 10 billion will go to health spending, 1,000 to social spending and 5,000 to compensate for the reduction in income.
Snchez has also detailed the parameters for the distribution of funds. Health spending will be distributed according to the impact of the pandemic in each territory. Social spending, according to the population. And the rest, based on the fall in own resources as a consequence of the economic downturn.
This fund has been the most repeated request of the regional presidents in recent weeks. Last Sunday, many of them were furious after the Executive did not agree to approve it. On Saturday, six days later, and after a further request from ERC, Snchez announced this mechanism, similar to the one he is demanding in the EU.
In addition, the President has assured that, “as the Government is going to assume the cost of the pandemic”, in the nextFiscal and Financial Policy CouncilAn individual deficit target of 0.2% will be set for the autonomous communities (about 2.2 billion euros). This would mean that there will be no changes with respect to what was foreseen in February, since the Central Administration will bear the additional expense of the regions, with the mentioned fund. Although the regional presidents have asked Snchez – without success – to clarify these accounts.
The communities governed by the PP already asked on April 15 for a relaxation of the path of the deficit: “It is urgent to modify the rules of budgetary stability to exclude from the computation of deficit and debt all the expenses associated with the fight against Covid-19” .
The President has also announced a third line of ICO guarantees for an amount of 24,500 million: 10,000 for SMEs and the self-employed; 10,000 for large companies, 4,000 for the alternative fixed-income market and 500 for the Spanish Company of Re-guarantee.
Already in the turn of the autonomous leaders, the Lehendakari of theBasque CountryIgo Urkullu called for a “stable bilateral dialogue framework”, “reformulation of the crisis management framework” and “restoring ordinary legality”. Snchez has replied that they are going to approve a framework of “bilaterality with the communities”, referring to the “co-governance” model that he has proposed to them.
“I do not share the way to manage the state of alarm. Again yesterday there was an announcement without the autonomous communities being aware of it,” Urkullu lamented, as every week. The Lehendakari has made Snchez ugly that “nothing is known” even of the minimum vital income, which was to be presented in May.
The President of the Generalitat deCataluaQuim Torra has also criticized the chief executive “for the lack of prior information.” “Saturday reports and Sunday does the meeting,” he complained. The independence leader has been critical of the speed of the de-escalation: “We do not feel like prisoners of any calendar.”
Torra believes that “we are going too fast” and that “there is some relaxation”, but supports the mandatory nature of the masks in public transport. Lastly, it has confirmed that it will vote “against the extension” of the state of alarm. “The best way to start the process will be to return to ordinary legality,” agreed Urkullu.
The president of the Xunta deGaliciaAlberto Nez Feijo has made Snchez ugly that “so far there has been no co-governance.” “We will scale in the coming days and we do not know the health indicators. What health criteria do we have to meet? If not, we enter into an assumption of discretion in which each week we change the criteria,” he continued. “Here nobody knows what to do to go from one phase to another,” he has poked.
The barnpopularHe has insisted that it is necessary to “de-escalate by sanitary areas”, rather than by provinces. And he recalled that it is the CCAA that have had Health transfers for years. He has also thrown into the government “the disproportionate use of the state of alarm”. “It is more a state of exception,” he insisted, before criticizing that “there is no strategy for the outbreak.”
Juanma Moreno has underlined “the imprecision and the lack of consensus”. Therefore, the president of the Board ofAndalusianIt has demanded “more participation from both the Autonomous Communities and the sectors affected.” “We have to rethink several issues,” he continued. First, “the phase territorial unit” (other than just the province).
Secondly, he believes that the children’s stripe strip should be corrected, due to the strong heat they already suffer, from 12 to 19 hours. It has also called for videoconferences to be moved to Saturdays so that the voice of regional presidents is heard before decisions are made.
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