The PSOE confirms that it is impossible to achieve a unique position in regional financing


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The PSOE has confirmed this Friday that it will be impossible to reach a unique position in terms of regional financing. It is the most evident conclusion of the meeting held at the Ferraz headquarters between the socialist regional presidents, those of Navarra and the Canary Islands, with the Minister of Finance and Public Function, María Jesús Montero; the Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel rodriguez; the deputy secretary general of the PSOE, Adriana Lastra; and the Secretary of Organization, Santos Cerdán.

Presidents with very different views have gathered at the meeting and since the summer have been putting this debate at the center of their action. Articulating their demands through alliances with other autonomous communities governed by the Popular Party. The government never liked that the debate was raised in these terms, with two clearly opposed blocs and with partisan miscegenation. But the effort to bury these fronts has been in vain. And he has had a response from the regional leaders, who have questioned the disqualification of his attitude as a frontist. «There are times that we call in front of a meeting of presidents of the PP of the PSOE and, other times, dialogue, if the meeting is with independentistas, but it is the same Castilian. We have to talk, we have to talk », the president of Castilla-La Mancha demanded at the entrance, Emiliano Garcia-Page.

Some regional leaders privately acknowledged that on this issue it is “impossible” to reach a global agreement in terms of party, and that the only claim of this appointment was to hold a meeting prior to the great summit that is going to take place on the 23rd. November in Santiago de Compostela to address the reform of the regional financing system. Two presidents of the PP will participate in that meeting, the Galician Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the one from Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco. In addition to the president of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, of the PRC. But the bulk of representation will be borne by the PSOE with five autonomous communities: Castilla-La Mancha, Asturias, Aragón, La Rioja and Extremadura.

“It is not a front against anyone because I would not allow it,” said Adrián Barbón, president of Asturias, about that meeting: “It is an open dialogue to establish common positions. It is not a front against the Government or against the rest of the communities, but in terms of equal opportunities. Initially, Feijóo’s approach and leadership in the announcement of the conclave raised some blisters, to the point that the president of La Rioja, Concha Andreu, distanced herself from the meeting. But in the end the appointment remains because the block transcends the usual dynamics of the PSOE in which it is common to see García-Page or Lambán marking distances with Ferraz. But Barbón or Andreu are the opposite. And Fernández Vara, it depends on the matter.

At the end of the meeting, the PSOE issued a statement in which it claimed the need to “A fluid dialogue between all Administrations” to design the new regional financing model. And the PP is invited to “work honestly in defining a common position outside of the partisan confrontation.” The socialists establish minimum principles for the new system, but they are very generic, such as the appeal to solidarity between territories, institutional loyalty and equity in the provision of public services. The commitment to the financial sufficiency of the Autonomous Communities is relevant, “which must have the resources that allow them to develop the competences that they have constitutionally recognized.” This point will make its way: the communities consider that the management of Education and Health, especially the latter, should carry a greater portion of regional control over total public spending.

The PSOE does not establish any limitation regarding the autonomous communities marking their position. “There has been no indication,” acknowledged the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, at the end of the meeting. The Valencian leader is in this question defending an approach in communion with two autonomous communities of the PP, Andalusia and the Region of Murcia. «The regional presidents have the institutional capacity to do what they consider, the parties do not direct the institutions (…) It is not a partial solution or a party, this goes beyond the borders of the party itself, ”Puig concluded.

García Page claimed for his part that “rather than talking about an initiative of the Government, or of the we must talk about agreements between regional presidents“, Claiming that the normal thing is that” each president puts his land first “and defended that” we must all speak. ” The president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, elaborated on this, explaining that “the financing problem is not an ideological problem, it is not a problem of the PSOE, the PP or other parties, it is a purely economic and technical problem that has a different vision, depending on whether one speaks from Aragon or one speaks from Valencia, for example «.

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