June 22 marks six months since the Supreme Court ordered the national government to begin paying 2.95% of the co-participation funds to the City. For the breach of the ruling, the Buenos Aires administration claims a debt of 110 billion pesos, pending a resolution by the highest court on the request for seizure of the funds owed.
That figure corresponds to the last six months; that is to say that the Executive Branch continued to deposit daily, 1.4% of the co-participable funds, far from the 2.95% that the highest court set in its ruling last December.
Faced with this situation, in March the Attorney General of the City, Gabriel Astarloa, expanded his proposal to denounce the breach of the ruling by the Government of Alberto Fernández.
The ruling that the ministers of the Court voted unanimously initiated a strong onslaught by the Casa Rosada, which resulted in a request for impeachment against the highest court that is still pending in the commission of Deputies, where several employees of the Palace on Talcahuano Street have already been summoned to testify.
As the national government continues to deposit only 1.4% of the co-participation to Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires administration claims a debt of 110,000 million pesos. City sources noted that "the figure we did not receive already represents 5% of the total City budget."
While the Court does not enforce its own ruling, the City formally requested that the national government's account be seized at the National Bank, the entity responsible for making daily funds corresponding to the co-participation to all districts.
The amount whose payment is demanded is the one that coincides with the provisions of the Court in the December precautionary measure, but the City demands from the National Executive Branch a total credit of 362 billion pesos.
That figure corresponds to 3.5% of the co-participation that Buenos Aires had been receiving until September 2020. That claim, considered the substance of the discussion, has not yet begun to be discussed in the Court. Larreta asks that he be paid the money not received during these years, which amounts to 252,000 million pesos.
The role of Banco Nación
From the environment of the head of the Buenos Aires Government, they insist on the lack of operability of the National Bank in the face of an explicit order by the Court.
As soon as the sentence of the highest court came out, the financial institution chaired by Silvia Batakis, issued an immediate response in which it was indicated that it transfers automatically according to the "provisions of art. 6 of Law 23,548 to each province the amount of collection that corresponds to it, according to the percentages established in said law and subsequent amendments.
This justified continuing to deposit 1.4% with the CABA. For the Attorney General in charge of Astarloa, this criterion omits compliance with the provisions of the Court when in its ruling it ordered that during the processing of the process the "National State deliver to the City of Buenos Aires 2.95% of the mass of funds."
For this reason, the Court was asked to "urge the bank to comply with the transfers in the percentage, manner and time in which they have been ordered."
As an enforcement measure, the City demanded that "the sum corresponding to 1.55% of the mass of funds defined in Article 2 of Law 23,548 be seized, which must be deducted from the sum that corresponds to the Nation in the primary distribution and order the Banco de la Nación Argentina to transfer them daily and automatically to the City of Buenos Aires. along with the 1.40% received so far."
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