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.