January 26, 2021

The Government meets this Tuesday with the PSC to probe its willingness to support the accounts of the Generalitat

The Government meets this Tuesday with the PSC to probe its willingness to support the accounts of the Generalitat



A delegation from the Government and another from the PSC will meet this Tuesday afternoon to explore the possibility of reaching an agreement on the Generalitat Budget of 2019.

Knowledgeable sources of the meeting have explained that on the part of the Catalan Executive they will attend the vice-president and conseller of Economy, Pere Aragonès; the general secretary of the Vice Presidency, Albert Castellanos, and the general secretary of the Presidency, Meritxell Masó.

The PSC will attend the meeting the spokesperson in the Parliament, Eva Granados, and the deputy and responsible for Economy of the Catalan Socialists in the Chamber, Alícia Romero.

The president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, at the end of September ruled out Miquel Iceta's party as a potential partner of the accounts: "I do not propose to negotiate with the Socialist Party right now," he declared at the press conference to present the Plan of the Govern of the current legislature.

However, with the passage of the weeks the criterion of the Govern has changed before the difficulty that it foresees to carry out this law: the CUP has ruled out any support, and the communes have opened themselves to negotiate, but they see very far the possibility of approve them

PGE AND TAXES

The PSC has not ruled out as a potential partner, but Miquel Iceta has already warned on several occasions that he sees "impossible" to approve the accounts of the Govern if it maintains the independence of Catalonia as its goal.

In addition, the Socialists demand a previous gesture to Torra, which is to support the General Budgets of the State, something that the Catalan Executive has reiterated that it does not intend to do for the situation of the independence prisoners.

The Secretary of Organization of the PSC, Salvador Illa, said Monday that they attend the meeting to "hear the proposal" has the Government, and has insisted that they put as a prerequisite to flourish the PGE, which ensures that would provide an extra contribution 2,200 million to the coffers of the Generalitat.

Beyond these obstacles, the Catalan Socialists demand tax changes that the Generalitat has not yet clarified if it is willing to do: an increase of the regional section of the IRPF to high incomes, and the reduction of the Inheritance and Donations Tax bonuses to the higher inheritances.

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