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The PP calls on Sánchez in the Senate to reform the regional financing system that Rajoy kept intact: "He offers us crumbs"

2023-11-28T20:18:33.388Z

Highlights: PP calls on Sánchez in the Senate to reform the regional financing system that Rajoy kept intact. "Either they have a short memory or they didn't care," replied the socialist Juan Espadas in the commission of the autonomous communities of the upper house. Several presidents of the PP have expressly asked the government to convene the Fiscal Policy Council after the Socialists agreed with Esquerra to cancel 20% of Catalonia's debt contracted with the Regional Liquidity Fund (FLA)


"Either they have a short memory or they didn't care," replied the socialist Juan Espadas in the commission of the autonomous communities of the upper house


Two months ago, several popular regional governments threatened that they would go to court in the event that a cancellation of Catalonia's debt or any measure on regional financing that they considered contrary to law was finally agreed. It was during the first plenary session of the General Commission of the Autonomous Communities of the Senate, and in which the 11 presidents of the PP intervened when the content of the pacts signed between the PSOE and the nationalist and pro-independence forces for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez was still unknown. This Tuesday, with the concessions open book, the warning of the Popular Party has been translated for the moment into the debate of a motion in the Upper House, in which they have demanded the reform of the regional financing system through a "multilateral" negotiation. "They're going to get sick of hearing us demand equality. it offers us crumbs", said the popular Tomasa Hernández, Minister of the Presidency, Interior and Culture of Aragon, in a session in which both the spokespersons of the parliamentary groups and several councillors of the territorial Executives have intervened.

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During the General Commission of the Autonomous Communities on Tuesday, in addition to this motion relating to regional financing, another one has been debated in which the Senate, with an absolute popular majority, asks for the disapproval of the amnesty bill for those accused of the procés, whose processing will slow down the PP as much as possible in the Upper House. PP senator María Salom opened the session with harsh attacks on the President of the Government for the economic agreements reached with ERC and Junts. "The blackmail to which Pedro Sánchez has lent himself is petty. The new funding system is that a community arrives, takes what it wants and from what is left, let the rest take care of it. It is nonsense", criticised the Balearic parliamentarian and appealed to the urgency of modifying a model of "14 years ago".

The PSOE agrees on the need to update regional financing, but has confronted the position defended on Tuesday by the PP, which during Mariano Rajoy's two terms in office did not promote such a reform. "Either they have short memories or they weren't worried. Now they have been in a hurry and all the threats," said Juan Espadas. The newly appointed spokesperson for the PSOE in the Senate has also criticised the governments of Juan Manuel Moreno, in Andalusia, and Isabel Díaz Ayuso, in the Community of Madrid, for the "incoherence" of requesting greater regional financing from the central government while reducing taxes on large fortunes, causing "fiscal dumping" between territories.

Several presidents of the PP have expressly asked the government to convene the Fiscal Policy Council after the Socialists agreed with Esquerra to cancel 20% of Catalonia's debt contracted with the Regional Liquidity Fund (FLA). A forum to which the PP has also referred this Tuesday in the Senate. "If they are going to dare to bring a real proposal, we will be willing to listen," said Socialist senator Juan Lobato.

"Immunity votes"

The first vice-president of the Xunta de Galicia, Diego Calvo, was so eager to discuss the amnesty, that he has starred in the anecdote of the day. In his first turn to speak, when senators and councillors were debating regional financing, Calvo hastened and began to charge against the measure of pardon for those accused of the procés, whose discussion was relegated to second place on the agenda, with the consequent surprise of the audience and the warning of the president of the Commission. the also popular Luisa Fernanda Rudi. "Coexistence is not guaranteed by exchanging votes for immunity. Amnesty as payment is unacceptable and a moral indecency," Calvo said later, at the right time.

Several regional governments of the PP have also announced that they will appeal to the Constitutional Court the proposed amnesty law when it is approved. "Power has negotiated against the framework of coexistence. Dare to give an explanation to all the autonomous communities", added Antonio Sanz, Minister of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía, who recalled and reiterated the request of the regional presidents of the PP to La Moncloa to convene the Conference of Presidents of the Autonomous Communities now. While that appointment arrives or not, the PP will continue to hammer against the cessions to Sánchez's investiture partners from the General Commission of the Autonomous Communities of the Senate.

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