May 18, 2021

Herrera will meet today for the eighth time with a Prime Minister in La Moncloa in his 17-year mandate

Herrera will meet today for the eighth time with a Prime Minister in La Moncloa in his 17-year mandate

In this time Herrera has met with three presidents of the Government to which now adds a fourth with the figure of Pedro Sanchez. Thus, the head of the Ejectuvito autonomic has departed in La Moncloa with José María Aznar (PP); José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (PSOE) and Mariano Rajoy (PP).

His first bilateral meeting in Madrid was with Aznar on July 16, 2003, which was joined by five meetings with the socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Thus, Herrera visited La Moncloa with Zapatero at the front for the first time on July 7, 2004, a year and a half later his second meeting took place on January 16, 2006, after which there were annual meetings on the 18th. September 2007, May 27, 2008 and January 5, 2009.

With Mariano Rajoy as head of the Executive, there was a single meeting in La Moncloa that took place on April 23, 2012.


Herrera's first meeting in La Moncloa was with Aznar on July 16, 2003, a meeting that lasted less than an hour, as it coincided with the bilateral meeting of the then president with former President of Brazil Lula Da Silva.

On that occasion the president of the Junta de Castilla y León reviewed with Aznar the infrastructures included in the so-called Plan Viaria and Herrera showed his concern for the increase in costs generated by the adaptation of the new laws that were then approved on teaching.

In that meeting Herrera also reminded José María Aznar of the existence of "a conflict" in relation to the health bill at the time of the transfers in this matter – 2001 – and the possibility of undertaking the transfer to the Community was also discussed. of the powers of Justice.

Herrera returned to La Moncloa a year later but this time with Zapatero in the Presidency on July 7, 2004, four months after the socialist inauguration, I find that it lasted for one hour and 45 minutes.

In the agenda of the president of the Board was then the need to review the criteria for assessing the evolution of the health model and seek autonomous financing systems to address the deficit in the development of this model in all the autonomous communities.

For its part, the head of the central executive promised that the high speed reached Valladolid in 2007 for its subsequent extension to the rest of the northwest of the peninsula, the development of the most important communication infrastructures in the region and to maintain and increase the State's investment rhythm in the Community, which at that time had gone from 409 million euros in 1996 to 1,476 million in 2004.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero once again received the president of the Junta de Castilla y León in La Moncloa a year and a half later, on January 16, 2006, in a "long and cordial" interview that lasted almost two hours and had the Archive of Salamanca as one of the central themes of this meeting.

Zapatero and Herrera also analyzed the distribution of European funds for Castilla y León after the approval in Brussels of the new budgetary framework for the period 2007-2013. The president of the Board then proposed 1,500 million as a compensation fund by the Government to reduce EU aid, while the head of the central executive offered 900 million of the new Cohesion Fund, which would mean that Castilla y León would receive the 27.6 percent of the 3,250 million.

The following meeting in La Moncloa took place a year later, on September 18, 2007, a meeting "of contents and concrete proposals" that, in this occasion, lasted an hour and a half and in which both leaders promised to maintain in its spirit and letter the proposal of reform of the Statute of Autonomy of Castile and Leon, that was in that date in the Constitutional Commission of the Congress after its presentation in the House of Representatives the 17 of April of that same year.

The fourth meeting between Herrera and Zapatero took place on May 27, 2008, then both leaders agreed to launch the first bilateral work to "initiate the transfer of powers" on the management of the Douro River to the Autonomous Community.

That meeting, which lasted for an hour and a half, also served to Herrera claiming an "extra" financing of at least 125 million annually for the development of the Internal Convergence Plan included in the Statute of Autonomy of Castilla y León.

The reform of the financing model also focused part of this meeting, in which the president of the Board proposed that sociodemographic and territorial circumstances such as depopulation, aging, dispersion and insularity, will weigh 20 percent in the model.

The last meeting between Herrera and Zapatero took place on January 5, 2009, when the President of the Government proposed the creation of a new fund within the framework of the regional financing model to which the communities that are "on the ground" could adhere. of nobody "and that have a population growth below the average or, even, with decrease.

This commitment arose after Herrera claimed the fund, since then, due to the characteristics of Castilla y León, the Community could not join either the competition fund or the cooperation fund.


The last time Herrera visited La Moncloa to meet with a president was with Mariano Rajoy at the front on April 23, 2012 and the economic crisis centered most of the meeting. Thus, in that meeting the president of the Board set its objectives in the economic recovery, the creation of jobs and protection against unemployment, while transferring "the explicit support" of the Executive to the various economic policy measures put underway by the Government to boost the economic "reactivation". The restructuring of the financial system was another of the issues addressed in that meeting.

Lastly, coal focused part of this meeting, since Herrera already defended the guarantee of the economic activity of the mining basins and the future of coal beyond 2018 after the end of the European Union aid.


In the roadmap of the meeting on Tuesday, November 27, between Herrera and Pedro Sánchez, they need to have a new model of regional financing, have the committed National Strategy in front of the Demographic Challenge, address the future of the Common Agricultural Policy and to ensure that the energy transition is "orderly and fair".

In addition, the planned agenda is completed with other issues related to the sustainability and improvement of the Welfare State, the promotion of the main infrastructure of the Community and issues related to the statutory development of Castilla y León.


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