Nationalists distrust the new financing plan

The deputy of NC Esther González. / Parliament of the Canary Islands

The deputies José Miguel Barragán (CC) and Esther González (NC) recall that the text sent a few months ago "did not even include insularity"

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B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

The announcement of the
Minister of Finance, María Jesús Monterothat after the summer he will send a
new regional funding proposal to the communities has once again generated
restlessness in the Canary Islandswhich already rejected the previous text because "it did not even contemplate insularity".

In this sense, the nationalist formations,
New Canary Y
Canary Coalitionpoint out that if the
observations made by the autonomous community to the document, relating above all to the
provision of social servicesthe
insularity or the distinction between
REF and this system "will not work for the islands."

The deputy of Nueva Canarias (NC) Esther González He appreciates that the adjusted population is already used in the current agreement, but disagrees with the calculation that is made. In this sense, he "distrusts" that this new plan incorporates novelties with respect to the last one.

For its part,
the leader of the Canarian Coalition, José Miguel Barragánconsiders that this document must be different from the previous one and address the claims of the autonomous communities, and although it maintains its reservations,
he prefers to be cautious until he knows "the fine print".

More weight of insularity

In any case, both formations claim more weight than the
insularity in the new financing system, in addition to including criteria such as poverty in the
distribution of resources.

The Canarian proposal prepared in response to the first Treasury document, argues in relation to fundamental public services (education, health and social services) that poverty translates into a greater need for spending and, therefore, it is necessary to correctly transfer this circumstance to the formula
adjusted population.

The autonomous communities with lower income levels, says Esther González, have greater pressure on public services.

Nor does the current calculation include the
unemployment levels of each autonomous community, a fundamental issue because in the case of the Canary Islands, the impossibility of developing an economy on a scale, causes a higher level of unemployment.

González recalled that basing the negotiation on the adjusted population is not something new. What is under debate, he says, is how this parameter is going to be calculated and he questions whether the
Spain emptied.

In this regard, he highlights the "importance and need" of having a specific plan to repopulate these territories, but points out that regional financing provides
resources to essential services "So it makes no sense that if there is no population that needs these services, money is allocated to them."

Separate the REF

both parliamentarians
They reject that the REF resources be linked to regional financingas indicated in the first document drafted by the Ministry of Finance.

The deputy of the Canarian Coalition considers that Madrid must include the elements of distinction of this financing system and the Economic and Fiscal Regime, while the representative of Nueva Canarias points out that article 166.3 of the Statute of Autonomy states that
«the resources of the REF are additional to those contemplated in the autonomous financing».

Both José Miguel Barragán and Esther González
they doubt that this proposal will go ahead because it needs -without taking into account inflation- at least 16,000 million more from the State and a
high level of consensus extreme east that "does not exist and there are no forecasts that it can be found a year before the regional and local elections", beyond the agreement that the communities governed by the PSOE can reach.

González has "serious doubts" that this negotiation will come to fruition in the remainder of the legislature because no community is willing to receive less than what it has consigned.

For his part, Barragán details that it is also necessary to take into account the possible recession scenario from the second quarter of this year and the beginning of the next.

The current system expired in 2013 and since the following year, the different governments of Spain have tried to reform the system without success.

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