March 4, 2021

Aragonès sees the continuity of the legislature without a budget difficult for 2020

The Vice President of the Generalitat and Minister of Economy, Pere Aragonès, has warned that "if there is no budget of the Generalitat for 2020 it is very difficult for a normal legislature to continue."

In an interview with Efe, Aragonès has warned of the complicated process of exhausting the current mandate if the Government fails to approve the accounts by 2020.

The Minister recalled that the Generalitat currently operates with the 2017 accounts, but recalled that those same budgets had to be extended in 2018 "because until June Article 155 of the Constitution was applied" and also in 2019, in this case by lack of parliamentary majority to carry out the accounts.

"We will approve the draft budget law (in October), we will take it to the Parliament and we hope that there can be debate, that it can be improved and approved," said Aragonès.

If the accounts are not approved, he has warned that "it is clear that continuing normally with the legislature working with the budgets four years earlier will lead to distortions that will make the management of the legislature very difficult from a political, but also social, point of view. and economic".

"For the legislature to have continuity, the parliamentary majority must be strengthened," and this goes through "approving a new budget," he insisted.

A few days ago, the mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, proposed to the Catalan government the convenience of speaking "seriously" about both the budgets of the Generalitat and those of the City Council of Barcelona, ​​but Aragonès has ruled out linking both issues.

"What I will not do is to subordinate the budget of the City Council of Barcelona to that of the Generalitat", assured the number two of the Government.

The vice president has commented that "obviously, if there is understanding in one area, of course it can facilitate understanding in the other," but he has made it clear that "they are different procedures, with their own needs and priorities."

Aragonès explained that in September he will begin a round of contacts with the parliamentary groups to talk about the 2020 budget project, and has remarked that he will dialogue "with all the groups, as we have always done", and without discriminating against anyone.

Asked about the willingness of the PSC to talk about the 2020 budget, he said he celebrates that "on the part of the commons and the PSC there is a better predisposition to last year's."

"If they want to enter to negotiate, perfect," Aragonès said regarding the outstretched hand of the PSC, and has hoped that the CUP will also enter into a negotiating climate. "I wish we could talk with these three forces," he said.

On the other hand, Aragonès has stressed that the 2020 accounts will have social spending as a top priority and that attention will also be given to issues such as security, in the absence of troops from the Mossos d'Esquadra corps, and public transport and environment.

As for the progress of the Catalan economy, he has assured that it is growing at around 2% and that for the rest of the year he will do it "above" that level.

Asked if the lack of budgets of the Generalitat harms the Catalan economy, has commented what "really affects" is the "lack of sovereignty of the Catalan government", since 85% of the income of the Generalitat depend on the model Autonomous financing, on which it has no "decision-making capacity".

"What negatively affects the Catalan economy is that it is an autonomy and not an independent State that can decide on its resources," said the Minister.

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