The Regional Presidents Ask For More Equity In Distribution Of European Funds

This Monday, and on the occasion of the First Next Generation Conference, organized by elEconomista, five regional barons have agreed to point out that the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan lacks equity in the distribution of the 140,000 million euros. Therefore, they criticize the lack of co-governance and competition.

The general opinion of the presidents of Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia, the Canary Islands and Castilla y León is that these funds have to be managed well, “because we have a lot at stake.” Likewise, before the Conference of Presidents is held, they hope that the sectoral meetings have cleared up doubts about, not only the distribution, but also the management time. Meanwhile, they warn that the Next Generation funds are not insured, and “we will have to fulfill a series of projects.”

Precisely this last sentence, regarding the fulfillment of projects, has been one of the arguments of Guillermo Fernández Vara , who has been very insistent that these funds are not common funds, since they have special characteristics, since, in the first place Secondly, we have to pay them as the Kingdom of Spain, and secondly, they have a mutualisation. Therefore – he pointed out – both the “Government and the Autonomous Communities have to prepare ourselves and then return the funds.”

In his opinion, the execution time of these funds flies. The projects must be executed before 2026; that is, “the day after tomorrow.” On the other hand, their distribution is not going to be territorial, but rather of projects that have to be of “quality”, “that’s why the best possible ones have to be presented.”

Skeptic Alberto Núñez Feijóo , the president of Galicia placed special emphasis on the need for concurrence and co-governance in the management of these funds, knowing the distribution criteria.

“Each ministry has its criteria”

On the issue of funds, he explained, we must start from the fact that the European Central Bank has lent us money so as not to go bankrupt, “if we weren’t in a situation of collapse.” In other words, the ECB “lends us, but tells us, keep the bills . And the EU – he continued – has made a very important decision that has allowed us to maintain the walls and pay the pensions, but we have a debt problem”, He said.

“I believe in companies’ projects because they have no interest in bankruptcy”

So -he warned-, the execution of these funds “may be a failure and we have a lot at stake and we have to accept it. That is why it is very important that the projects are solid. We have to get it right, Apostille, not without later affirming that he believes in them. companies’ projects because they have no interest in bankruptcy, so that of the 19,800 million for Galicia, 68% will be for private investment “.

Regarding the Next Generation funds, Feijóo maintained that there is no co-governance, competition, and “we do not know the distribution of the covid funds . ” In fact Galicia will receive 2%, when the financing law corresponds to 7%.

Feijóo maintained that he wants to know what the projects are, how much work they create and what impact they have on GDP
Thus, with these wickers, Feijóo spoke about the management of the funds “cautious” because “there is no co-governance in the distribution of the funds.” “We ignore it,” he clarified, emphasizing that in this way it is not possible to compete, and that is why he said that he wants to know what are the projects of the rest of the CCAA, how much work they create, what impact they have on GDP, and which companies participate.

And, the Galician leader recalled, 50% of spending in Spain “is managed by us . And it is very important to regain co-governance if we spend it badly.” “We have lost an opportunity and we will have a debt and many difficulties,” he concluded at this point.

“There will be funds for everyone, but this cannot be a competition”

In the opinion of Fernando López Miras , president of the Community of Murcia, “there will be funds for everyone, and the amount will be extraordinary, this cannot be a competition between the CCAA”.

The funds – he defended – “must reach all the regions, and in the sectoral conferences there has been no concurrence so far, no co-governance or distribution criteria.”

According to López Miras, when the distributions are finished, there cannot be a difference of 20 points between some CCAA and others
When the distributions are finished, Miras said, “there cannot be a difference of 20 points between some Autonomous Communities and others.” “There will be projects,” he said, “that are going to be more productive, but you have to sit down, listen and agree on what the axes are, and in which CCAA these funds can be more effective, but not turn this into a competition. That is not the case. it can be a country management, “he said.

Multilateral commissions
In his speech, Ángel Víctor Torres, president of the Canary Islands, defended a great state pact with the CCAA; a thesis widely shared and that, taken up by Mañueco, he maintained that he is glad that the president has decided to meet with the regional presidents this July in Salamanca, but it will be useless “if we have not been able to work before and later”.

“We cannot be board chips and there cannot be bilateral commissions,” said Mañueco in connection with the meetings of the State with the Catalan administration. “

From his office in Valladolid, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco , at the same time defended a commitment to a territorial rebalancing that does not forget depopulated Spain, and that knows how to create opportunities in all corners of the territory “.

To conclude, Feijóo stressed the need to promote an Efficiency Pact so that the project that does not work gives way to mature projects. “The economic criterion has to be more important than the political one,” said the Galician leader.

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