Sánchez tackles the internal tension by the autonomic financing and demands from the Government a proposal


La portavoz parlamentaria del PSOE, Margarita Robles, y el secretario general socialista, Pedro Sánchez.

The parliamentary spokesperson of the PSOE, Margarita Robles, and the socialist secretary general, Pedro Sánchez. PSOE

The general secretary of the PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, held on Wednesday a round of talks with the barons of the party to set a position on the reform of regional financing and the demands of the Socialists to the Government in this matter. In recent days, several autonomous presidents had called attention to the delay that accumulates the approval of the new model for the communities of the general regime in comparison with the haste with which the renewal of the Basque quota in the Congress has been processed, where this Thursday will receive green light with the vote in favor, among others, of the PSOE.

Fuentes de Ferraz insist that there is a agreed position in this matter. On Monday, the permanent of the federal Executive, led by Sanchez, met with the leadership of the Valencian Socialists, whose leader, Ximo Puig, is one of the leaders with greater emphasis claims the renewal of funding. In that meeting, a resolution was passed that requires the government to present a proposal before December 31 , and that the PSOE aims to “negotiate” the reform. Sanchez advanced already then that he was not going to “block” the approval of the quota, but he demanded the PP to abandon his “negligence” legislative.

The PSOE federal leadership reiterates that the document is “agreed” with the barons, and although he admits that he would have liked “regional funding to be discussed before approving the quota,” he recalls that drawing up a proposal is the responsibility of Rajoy, who Several times he has committed to raise his model before the end of 2017. “We have a position in this matter”, insists a regional secretary general related to Ferraz, which downplays the possible internal discrepancies and recalls that the PSOE is the “only “party that has fixed its position in a document.

Díaz, Puig, Fernández …

In recent days, however, several socialist governments had expressed some complaint. The Andalusian vice-president, Manuel Jiménez Barrios, said on Tuesday that the “desirable” would have been to debate the time and reform of the model for the autonomy of the general regime . The Board maintains that each year it loses 850 million euros with the current calculation. The parliamentary spokesman of PSOE-A, Mario Jiménez, demanded on Wednesday Rajoy to give the “same hurry” with the rest of the communities that the quota, and claimed that it meets “strictly” his role that Euskadi “also” contribute to interterritorial “solidarity”.

For his part, the spokesman of the Socialist group in the Valencian Parliament, Manuel Mata, denounced that the Government is “working” to “protect the Basques through a quota that is already guaranteed by the Constitution” while “abandons to the rest of Spaniards “. In addition, he considered that the Valencian debt is “unpayable” and opted for the “forgiveness of the 20,000 million euros derived from underfunding” of the Region that governs Ximo Puig. For Mata, the absence of a new funding model reflects the “incompetence” of Rajoy and is the “hardest blow” to the “Valencian autonomy for many years.”

The Asturian president, Javier Fernandez, said on Tuesday that “it would be advisable that instead of approving now the law of the quota for five years be approved in a few months, when the autonomic financing system is being negotiated”. Fernandez also considered that “Euskadi is very overfunded.” He also rejected the separate negotiation of the Basque quota the Minister of Finance of Castilla-La Mancha, Juan Alfonso Ruiz Molina, for whom “it does not seem that it is desirable” that the Government is “working on the financing of a single autonomous community” while the The rest is still waiting for reform.

The Aragonese Javier Lambán, finally, said on Wednesday that his intention is that the PSOE reach the debate on regional funding with a position “as homogeneous as possible” , although he admitted that “govern who governs” in Aragon, his position will possibly be more similar “to that of Castilla y León than to Andalusia”. That is to say, in the words of a Sanchista autonomic office, that when the melon is opened and the details have to be black on white, each autonomy will “sweep home” and the “different interests” of each regional government will have to be combined.

The quota is not touched

Related to Sanchez recognize that they do not like that the Government closed the quota in “bilateral negotiations with the PNV.” A regional secretary general criticizes that the PP, which in the past “has said atrocities on the quota and the Basque concert”, now give Euskadi “more money than ever” . But, in any case, those aligned with the federal leadership remember that the PSOE “defends that system” because “it is in the Constitution”, point out that in the past Federal Political Council – the body where the barons meet – “nobody raised discrepancies “and remember that the responsibility in this matter belongs to the Government.

“The PP governs, and not precisely because it has wanted the current direction of the PSOE, ” says a regional 20 minutes Sanchista , who describes as “irresponsible” talk of “grievances” between autonomous communities and calls for the focus on the demand to the Government to present a concrete plan, something that is not “responsibility” of the Socialists. Fuentes de Ferraz agrees with this position and underlines that the PSOE has clear principles: “guarantee equality in access to public services throughout the territory and ensure the financial sufficiency of autonomy,” says a member of the Executive.

Hacienda extends the deadlines

Sources from the Ministry of Finance, for their part, do not foresee having a proposal on regional financing this year , despite Sánchez’s demands. In the department of Montoro they explain that they prefer to delay the proposal so that it does not give the impression of trying to please the Catalans just before 21-D. The minister himself said Wednesday in the Committee on Budgets of Congress that his intention is to incorporate the new system of regional financing to the General State Budget for 2018, which will take the Chamber once the “democratic normality” in Catalonia is restored.

The leadership of the PSOE believes that “in the end there will be reform” of funding, and blames the pre-election context in Catalonia that the Government takes long. “Now his role is to cool us, and ours, to try to mark the step, is normal,” they comment in Ferraz. Sources of the Executive of the PSOE consider possible to engage in a negotiation on the reform of the autonomic financing, but they make clear that in no case they consider to abstain or to vote in favor of the budgets: they will vote against. The socialists, in fact, are “fine-tuning” their “alternative budgets” , which they plan to present in January.

Controversy over the hiring of Lamela by a company that manages a privatized hospital

Controversy over the hiring of Lamela by a company that manages a privatized hospital

Manuel Lamela

The ex-Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Manuel Lamela. EFE

The hiring of the ex-Regional Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid Manuel Lamela by the group that acquired one of the concessionaires of the Hospital del Tajo de Aranjuez has provoked harsh criticism on Tuesday between the parties, who have coincided in failing their signing from the point of view “ethical and moral”.

Opposition political groups have accused Lamela of joining Assignia Infraestructuras, a company that participates in the Temporary Union of Companies (UTE) that manages services of the Tejo hospital, tendered and awarded during the stage in which this was a counselor Health, as reported by the SER chain on Tuesday.

The general secretary of the PSM, Tomás Gómez, has denounced that there is “a whole network” between the Government of the PP and “the interests of private companies” of health and has mentioned other cases of health counselors who have ended up in private companies, as Juan José Güemes, case of which already reported 20minutos.es in January.

There is a framework between the PP and private health companies “ For its part, the IU spokesman in the Assembly, Gregorio Gordo, has said it is ” scandalous “ that someone” who has worked in certain sectors and who has even been responsible of adjudication to spend a short time to work in that same company. “The Association for the Defense of Public Health has also described this contract as” scandalous “.

From UPyD, Luis de Velasco has indicated that for “ethical and moral” reasons, it is not “receipt” that someone “who has been responsible for an award goes to work in the same company”.

Finally, the PP spokesman, Íñigo Henríquez de Luna, said that the relationship between Lamela and the company Assignia Infraestructuras is “indirect” and pointed out that the former councilor did not carry out “any management with the Ministry since he left in 2007 “

In the national sphere, the spokesman of the PP in the Congress, Alfonso Alonso, has expressed his conviction that Lamela is complying with the rules on incompatibilities of high positions in his current private activities, referring to the time elapsed since he left his role as responsible of Health

For his part, the current Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, stressed that Lamela “in no time” has used his previous position to carry out negotiations with his department or with the Hospital del Tajo in favor of the concessionaire.

In this regard, the Minister of Health, Ana Mato, has been “safe” that the former Madrid Health Counselor, who “has been many years” in the private sector, “meets all compatibility standards.” “He will give the corresponding explanations,” he said.

He was signed by the company in 2010

The company Assignia Infraestructuras has defended that the Essentium group, of which it is part, fulfilled “at all times” the legality and observed the law of compatibilities when it appointed in 2010 as a director to Lamela.

A spokesperson for Assignia has indicated that, during the Lamela mandate, between 2003 and 2007, the Community tendered and awarded the services of eight hospitals, among which is the Tajo, to a total of 25 companies.

Lamela was signed as an expert in management of medical facilities Among them is the Hispanic construction, one of the three companies that makes up the Temporary Union of Companies (UTE) that resulted in 2005 awarded the center and was sold in 2009 to the Essentium group when its owner , Alfonso García Pozuelo, had to face his debts with the Treasury when he was charged in the Gürtel case. After the purchase, Assignia undertook a profound “renovation process” at Hispánica -capital, shareholders, dome- and incorporated its 1,600 workers on the payroll.

The purchase of Hispania, concludes the spokesperson of the company, motivates that Assignia now has the “obligation by contract” to take responsibility for the award of the Aranjuez hospital.

In 2010, Essentium appointed Lamela advisor to Assignia as an “expert in the management of medical facilities for hospital services”, a line of business that the group has maintained “for a long time” through the company Eductrade, for advice in this area and in the “international projection” of the company.