October 31, 2020

The Advocate General gives and facilitates the electoral plan of Sanchez to unlock the money to the regions


The blockade, first, and the release, then and in full pre-campaign, on the part of the financing of the Autonomous Communities has originated a real swell in the General State Advocacy. The Government has finally achieved the favorable report unlocking the 4.7 billion euros on account of retained payments while the Executive was in office but has had to be endorsed by the State Attorney General, Consuelo Castro, after refusing the rest of the representatives of the legal services of the State deployed in the Ministry of Finance. According to ABC sources confirmed to the ministry, officials put on the table pfirst unfavorable report and that highlighted his unease over the use by the Government. A second source confirms that the report would have been submitted to the State Attorney General after the document submitted by the Ministry of Finance did not generate consensus in the legal services.

The regional funds retained this summer were one of the elements of pressure from the Ministry of Finance to try to facilitate the investiture of Sanchez, arguing that only a government with full functions could unlock them. But the failure of the negotiations between the PSOE and United We and the subsequent electoral call has ended up highlighting this strategy and has left «at the foot of the horses», according to the same sources, the state legal services. In fact, the blockade sparked the complaint of affected communities, who called the Executive's attitude "blackmail" and some, like Catalonia, came to announce legal measures. Galicia was the first autonomous community to demand a solution and did so even before the central government was in office.

Montero said then that his position was supported by a report from the General State Advocacy, although days later he had to admit that there was no such document yet but that he would receive it "shortly". But nevertheless, the Government changed its position before the call of the elections what made him need a new report of the legal services, although with the opposite thesis.

From the Government they explain now that, when being in functions, the mechanism will consist of a decree law. But even if this rule was approved, they considered it necessary to approve the State Advocacy for what they intended to send them a report to "convince" the legal services of their claims. There are two premises that the Government intended to argue: that the decision taken does not compromise the incoming Government and that the decree responds to a peremptory need, criteria that the Executive interprets that right now are met. With respect to the first of them, the Government intended that the State Advocacy did not compare this situation with other spending decisions that could compromise a new Executive.

The second element was to justify the urgent need for the unlocking of funds. The Government has used the complicated situation of two regions in particular, the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia, which may soon enter into a situation of serious problems to meet their most basic expenses. That situation of foreseeable financial collapse It has been one of the arguments that the Government will use to justify its action, to underpin the criterion of "public interest and urgent need", which must be included in the annexed report that would accompany the decree law. The final formula, however, was not yet defined a few days ago, but despite this, Sánchez already announced it during a party rally in the Valencian Community, the region most affected by this lack of funds. There is the circumstance that when Sanchez made that announcement, the Treasury had not yet finished preparing that argument to convince the Advocacy.

"In the coming days"

Parliamentary sources say that the decree can be approved this Friday and, in fact, Pedro Sánchez has assured that he already has "all the reports" in his possession that will allow him to unlock the deliveries on account and that he will be able to do so "in the next few days". Anyway, that decree law would have to be later validated by the Permanent Delegation congressional. In the Government they are aware that doing so during this period will generate criticism, for electoralism and for their previous negative refusal, but it is hoped that the support of the PP, given the needs of their regions, and those of the communities themselves will prevent the controversy It extends.

However, the popular were very critical of the Executive's performance in this case. «It is the partisan use of an advisory body such as the State Advocacy and a serious deterioration of the public social educational and health services in the communities. It is irresponsible, ”denounced the economic spokesman of the PP, Mario Garcés.

It is not the first time that a conflict in the State Advocacy regarding the plans of the Executive forces that it must be its maximum responsible who signs the report that meets the designs of the Executive. It already happened with the brief of provisional conclusions in which the State Advocacy chose not to charge for rebellion in the 1-O trial and lowered the criminal rate to sedition. On that occasion it had to be the Attorney General, Consuelo Castro, who signed the indictment in lieu of the criminal responsible for the State Advocacy, which was Edmundo Bal.


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