The Government downplays the possible impact of the conflict with Algiers

The president, Ángel Víctor Torres (i), yesterday with the head of Public Administrations, Julio Pérez. / C7

NC and CC describe Spain's position as "clumsy" and "historical error" and understand that it "indirectly" affects the archipelago

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

Canary Islands Government "has not analyzed" the situation generated after the rupture of
Algerian relations with Spain nor the consequences that this new scenario of
strain may have for the archipelago.
The Deputy Minister of the Presidency, Antonio Oliveraindicated yesterday after the Governing Council that this matter had not been analyzed at this meeting "because it is up to the states."

In any case, he pointed out that it occurs in a "stage of global uncertainty" and in such "complex" situations it is necessary to act with "rigor". To that, he noted, "
talk to the social and economic sectors and depending on the data obtained, and knowing the consequences that the situation may have, act». At the moment, he said, the Government of the Canary Islands does not have a detailed analysis "or how the consequences can materialize."

Nor does the Executive know if
there are archipelago companies that have been affected by the decision of Algiers to break the friendship and commercial treaty with Spain, after the president,
Pedro Sanchezinsisted in Congress on the validity of the Moroccan proposal to find a solution to the situation of the

nationalist criticism

More forceful have manifested the leaders of the nationalist formations of the archipelago
Canarian Coalition (CC) and Nueva Canarias (NC), the latter member of the regional Executive, who agreed to describe the performance of Spain and its
foreign minister of "clumsy" and unintelligent in relations with Algeria.

They also understand that both the tension between the central government and this country, as well as between Algiers and Rabat, can generate a situation of
instability on the border with the Canary Islands and, therefore, indirectly, this new scenario also affects the autonomous community.

Jose Miguel Barragan (CC)

“Any situation of instability on our border affects us”

In this regard, the spokesman for
Canarian Coalition in the regional Parliament,
Jose Miguel Barraganstressed that
Spain's foreign policy is being "very clumsy" and has underestimated the Algerian position”, in addition to the fact that “it continues to screw up”, after learning yesterday that the Spanish Government is considering denouncing Algeria before the European Union for the unilateral freezing of commercial exchanges.

Barragán agrees with the parliamentary spokesman for
New Canary, Luis Campos, to point out that this situation
"creates instability» not only because of the tension between Morocco and Algeria, but also because the role of mediator that Spain is called to play in the area «has been blown up».

Both nationalist leaders reject that Spanish diplomacy, instead of working to recover the position, "elevates the conflict and breaks the bridges."


“Any instability in our borders affects us and
this tension is a problem», indicates Campos, who also wonders why Spain maintains a double standard «and has never denounced Morocco for its non-compliance in many scenarios, from fishing to immigration».

It is a double standard that, in his opinion, is "not very intelligent, difficult to explain and has the objective of making someone unreliable happy," he says in relation to the Rabat government.

Luis Campos (NC)

"Indirectly, the tension in the Maghreb is a problem for the Canary Islands"

In addition, both Campos and Barragán emphasize that the
Algiers reaction was “absolutely predictable”after emphasizing that President Pedro Sánchez's statement is not true: "Morocco's proposal on the Sahara is not serious or credible, it is a mockery and the Polisario Front will not accept it", says the NC leader.

Both nationalist deputies insist that the
Saharawi people are the main affected and specifies that the situation be resolved according to the
international legality, but they insist that this situation also affects the islands.

They both conclude that perhaps the response to Spain's action "is in Pegasus -the espionage system- and in knowing what they obtained."

The Deputy Minister of the Presidency, Antonio Olivera. / EFE

The Canary Islands trust that the new Secretary of State will 'help' in the REF

The appointment of a new Secretary of State for the Treasury, Jesús Gascón, to replace Héctor Izquierdo from La Palma, could facilitate the resolution of pending issues regarding the Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF).

This was indicated yesterday by the Deputy Minister of the Presidency, Antonio Olivera, because "he knows him very well and will be sensitive" to this matter. He also pointed out that the REF always requires "negotiation, being attentive and combative, no matter who is in Madrid, we cannot relax."

In any case, he indicated that some of the pending issues, such as the exception of the minimum tax of 15% for large companies in the Corporation Tax "is very difficult to achieve, but it will be fought for."

In addition, after the meeting of the Governing Council, Olivera also referred to the approval last Wednesday by the European Parliament of an amendment by which the outermost regions (RUP) are exempt until 2030 from the emission rights trading system of CO2 to be applied to air transport.

Although this decision is not final because there is still a long process, "it is relevant," he said, and he understands that work must continue so that the ultraperipherals have an "adequate accommodation to their circumstances."

On the other hand, the Government yesterday approved an increase of 600,000 additional euros in the Canarian Insertion Benefit (PCI), which almost 11,000 families already receive, in addition to the 22,000 that receive the Minimum Vital Income (IMV).

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