Last stretch of the legislature with numerous open fronts

Archive image of a session of the Governing Council chaired by its head, Ángel Víctor Torres. / C7

The signing of the addendum to the road agreement and the effective transfer of the management of Coasts, already closed, are pending

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B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

Political activity is reactivated this week to face the
last part of the legislature. He will do it with an eye on the
elections next Maywhich will condition not only the performance of the
Government supported by the Pact of the Flowersbut of the rest of the political formations, who return from the holidays in 'pre-electoral mode'.

In the case of
Executive chaired by Ángel Víctor Torreshe has a few intense months left in which he will have to respond to a significant number of open files that he has on the table and that do not depend only on his management, but also on the negotiation with the State.

PENDING ISSUES

  • road agreement
    The addendum of 407 million for unexecuted work is still pending signature. It should have been signed in July and has been delayed until September.

  • regional financing
    After the observations on the previous text, the Canary Islands trust that the new document includes at least the insularity.

  • Stabilization
    The stabilization of the workforce is one of the duties that the autonomous community has pending. Before the end of the year, the bases must be agreed upon.

Among them, the
addendum to the road agreement and the
Closing of the transfer of Costas transfers next January. Although this matter has already been signed after numerous delays, the Canary Islands and the State have agreed to set up a
technical commission to analyze open files. When faced with a matter that they consider to be their responsibility, the
tourism entrepreneurs have already claimed to have a presence in these working groups.

Roads

Regarding the signing of the
addendum to the highway agreement for 407 million of work not executed corresponding to the 2012-2017 plan, the Autonomous Government has reiterated that there are no problems with the
Treasury nor with that of
Transportation and that the delay is due only to a problem of deadlines.

However, after reaching an agreement with the State in April,
the Minister of Public Works, Sebastián Franquis, indicated that the agreement would be signed in July. Later he pointed out that it would be in September and already some sources of the Executive consider it good that it can be signed before the end of the year.

Another of the issues that the autonomous community will have to fight with the State -if this melon is finally opened in the pre-election period and with little chance of consensus- is the
modification of the regional financing system.

The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, has announced that after the summer it will send a new text with a proposal to the autonomous communities. The previous one, released a few months ago, had the unanimous rejection of the political formations of the Canary Islands and the Government of Torres, since it did not separate the regional financing from the
REF income and did not even contemplate the
insularity.

the management of the
immigrationespecially in what has to do with the
minors It is another of the matters of debate between the autonomous community and Madrid. However, the declarations of the
General Director of Child Protection, Iratxe Serranoindicating that the centers are no longer saturated and that some devices are even being closed, may have changed the demands -and above all the urgency- with the State.

In addition, among the duties that the Executive has in these last months of the legislature is to defend its two 'star' initiatives in Parliament:
Climate Change and Citizenship Income Laws.

Stabilization

on the roof of the
Ministry of Public Administrations there is also the
template stabilization -as stated in the state law that intends
reduce high temporary employment among public employees-, in addition to the conflict that it maintains with the temporary and interim of the general administration.

After communicating their extraordinary job offers in June, the challenge now is to agree on the bases of the calls, which must be published before December 31.

Archive image of the Parliament of the Canary Islands. / flickr parliament of the canaries

The 'star projects', also remain for the final stretch

The activity in the
Parliament of the Canary Islands In this last stretch of the legislature, he will also have his sights set on the elections in May.

Ahead is the processing of seven bills, in addition to the Budget of the autonomous community for 2023, which will have a spending ceiling of almost 10,100 million, as announced by the Treasury Minister, Román Rodríguez.

Likewise, six bills are pending approval. Among them, there is the one related to the triangular trade in the ZEC, which will be processed before the General Courts, and two of popular initiative, the Tourism of the Canary Islands and the Protection of urban trees.

Among the initiatives that must be debated in these coming months are the two 'star projects' of the Flower Pact for this mandate: the Climate Change Law, which has registered a notable delay in its processing, since it entered Parliament last december.

The Canarian Citizenship Income will also be approved in this final stretch of the Legislature, a commitment announced by the Government of the Canary Islands since the beginning of the mandate.

With the aim of guaranteeing the rights of people in situations of vulnerability, this project reached the regional Chamber in March, although the draft was already presented in 2020.

This bill responds to the mandate of the Statute of Autonomy and the Social Services Law and once it is approved, it will be implemented in several phases because, as announced by the Minister of Social Rights, Noemí Santana, "it is very ambitious".

The forecast of the regional government is that this law will reach at least 40,000 people when it is fully applied. It is intended that the nearly 11,000 people who receive the Canarian Insertion Benefit (PCI) begin to collect citizenship income.

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