"What they have done is take note of the issues that we have raised." This is how the mayor of Madrid and state spokesman for the PP, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, summarized the day of meetings in Brussels to complain about the management of European funds in Spain.
Third delegation in a week of popular charges that lands in Brussels to amplify its campaign against the management of European funds by the Government. The European Commission has already reminded Pablo Casado's party several times that it delivers the money because "Spain complies" and that there are community control mechanisms to ensure that Europeans' money is managed correctly.
However, after the Andalusian president, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, and the president of the PP, Pablo Casado, this Wednesday the mayor of Madrid and state spokesman for the party, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, arrived in Brussels, accompanied by several municipal officials and to repeat the same message of doubts and shadows about the administration of European funds in Spain.
That yes, Almeida has recognized that the complaints have little echo in the offices of Brussels, where the leaders of the PP are not being received by any authority in charge of the management of European funds, but by related representatives of their political family, such as the Vice President of European Lifestyle Margaritis Schinas –who participated in the last convention of the PP– or the commissioner of Demographic Challenge, the Croatian Dubravka Šuica.
"What they have done is take note of the issues that we have raised", said the mayor of Madrid: "We have presented our proposals and logically they have taken note, and, from then on, they will be the ones who have to decide what It is what can be done or what cannot be done.
But do you think that the verification systems can be improved from the European Commission? Martínez-Almeida was asked in Brussels, who avoided answering: "I think that from the Government of Spain, it is from where the verification systems.
What do you think so far, then, of the response you are receiving from the European Commission? Take note?, he has been questioned again: "Well, it seems to me that it is an adequate response and what we have is a thank you to the European Commission because it has had the courtesy to assist us in an issue like this."
But, then, what do they expect from the European Commission? "What we hope is that the European Commission does what it has done from the beginning, reacting to the economic and social crisis derived from the pandemic and in an unprecedented effort to be able to raise a fund of these characteristics. I hope that the Government of Spain lives up to the effort made by the European Commission".