Canarias denounces that the area staff is "absolutely insufficient" to carry out the management of this matter effectively
After several delays, the forecast of the Canary Islands to sign the
Cost transfers July 1 also seems to be diluted. The government admits that
it will be "very difficult" to sign the agreement on the date set initially, although it reiterates that it will be done "as soon as possible" and that the important thing is to "do it well" and with the appropriate means.
These agreements, as the regional Executive has indicated on different occasions, become effective on January 1 or July 1. In this way, given the impossibility of closing this matter at the beginning of next month, it would be necessary to wait until next year unless "the temporal conditions can be negotiated with the State to carry out
the transfer on another date»
The first intention of the Government was to have the transfer ready last June. Subsequently, an attempt was made to close a bilateral commission in March, but it was not possible.
The main obstacle is the lack of means. The Canary Islands have reiterated that they will not assume these powers if they are not well endowed.
One of the possibilities is to negotiate an intermediate date so as not to wait for next year.
The truth is that in a recent response to
Senator of the Popular Party (PP) for Gran Canaria, Sergio Ramosthe central government pointed out that once the terms of the transfer were reached, the agreement would have to be adopted in the
Mixed Transfer Commission -body of bilateral composition- to be finally approved by the
Minister council by means of a royal decree and later published in the
Official State Gazette (BOE), “without it being possible to stipulate a date in this regard.”
The objective of the Canary Islands is to receive
“well-endowed” skills from the point of view of material and human resources. However, the big hurdle so far is that the
Costas squad in the archipelago is “shamefulbecause it has been decapitalizing in the last ten years, "says the Canarian Executive.
In his opinion, the staff to be transferred is
"absolutely insufficient for the subject matter to be managed". In this regard, they detail that the forecast is that Madrid will transfer 30% of the powers, but its staff amounts to 73 workers. The shortcomings, they say, are especially serious in technical positions.
In this sense, from the autonomous community it is pointed out that, "even being generous,
ill-endowed skills cannot be assumed because its development would be impeded. Given this circumstance, "the will continues to be to assume the transfers, but not in any way."
businessmen press to speed up the process but "it cannot be done in a deficit way because that would make it difficult to exercise powers", reiterates the Government, which acknowledges that "we did not count on this, because the first part of the negotiation was resolved without problems".
Right now, the two administrations continue to carry out the
estimate of staff needed to carry out the management of the powers of Coasts, what cost it has and "to what extent should they be assumed by the State or by the autonomous community" because "with what comes from Madrid it is clearly insufficient". In any case, they point out that the process is "advanced" and criticize that "previous governments did nothing."
The intention continues to be to have Costas' competencies "in a timely manner, But not in any way". The Executive maintains that if the transfer cannot be formalized on July 1 "it will be as soon as possible, because the fundamental thing is that it be done well." It is possible to set "an intermediate date so as not to reach January 1". For now, everything is still open.
“Pending fringes” that hinder the negotiation
The transfer of Costas transfers to the autonomous community is the most complex of those included in the Statute, as the Government of the Canary Islands has recognized on different occasions. This is evidenced by the negotiation, which has been hampered by those "pending fringes" that have prevented closing the process.
It happened in June of last year, when the signing had to be delayed and a year later there is still no date for the management of the coasts to pass into the hands of the regional administration. This matter was going to be the main nucleus of the meetings planned between the State and the Canary Islands in February, but they finally had to suspend due to the lack of progress.
The commitment was that it would be put back on the agenda "soon", but there is still no date and, according to the State to a parliamentary question, it is not possible to set it yet.
From the central Executive it is maintained that there is "no insurmountable obstacle." For its part, the Government of the Canary Islands reiterates that the delay does not cause concern but that the conditions are being "fought" so that the reception of these powers occurs in the best possible conditions.
The truth is that these "pending fringes" -and which refer above all to personnel- that prevent formalizing the transfer does concern the businessmen of the archipelago because, they say, "in all the islands there are paralyzed infrastructures waiting for an agreement to be closed" .
In this regard, the employers of Tenerife have denounced that the central government "has never shown interest in giving up the management of Costas", which they describe as "fundamental" for the autonomous community. For their part, the tourist businessmen of Las Palmas assure that they see the panorama "very black" if Madrid maintains its unwillingness to give up these powers.