The Deputy Minister of Finance points out that the island corporations take two and a half years to certify the expenses, one year more than what was set
Although the agreement of
Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan) establishes that each year, for a decade, the councils will receive 160 million to carry out the programming charged to the ITE item condoned by the State, the reality is that
in 2021 and 2022, the Government of the Canary Islands has only budgeted half.
The Deputy Minister of Finance, Fermín Delgado, explains that the Executive has chosen to advance only half of the funds, while
the rest will be paid once justified for each of the councils.
In any case, he assures that "we are not going to subtract a euro from anyone that corresponds to them", but it is a decision made before the
delay in justification of this grant. He states that
It is a "technical, not political" issue. claimed from the General Intervention of the autonomous community, which requires that these resources be justified in the period indicated in the decree that governs the Fdcan, which is a year and a half. "If they can't, we have to address how we reframe that process."
Delgado points out that between 2016 and 2020, the autonomous community annually advanced 160 million, "but they have a very long delay" in accreditation. Compared to the established year and a half, "currently, the term takes a long time and, with some exceptions, it is reaching two and a half years." At this time, he says he,
the councils are asking for a one-year extension to justify the amounts received. Given this delay, "it is worth nothing to budget the total amount if it takes two and a half years to use it."
For this reason, he reiterates, "we are collecting 80 million, because that amount means everything that the councils can justify right now." The idea is to continue keeping this amount in the regional accounts, although he insists,
"We are going to give them everything they certify."
In 2020, although 160 million were budgeted, the councils gave half to the Government to solve "some problems that occurred", says the president of El Hierro and current president of the Canary Islands Federation (Fecai), Alpidio Armas (PSOE).
The full amount has already been paid, except for Gran Canaria and El Hierro, because their respective agreements had already ended. The items corresponding to 2021 and 2022 have not yet been sent to them due to this delay in the justification.
From now on, indicates the Deputy Minister, the Government's position is
“do not transfer the money to them two years in advance” although he insists that "we are not going, everyone will have the money that corresponds to them."
In a planned meeting, and which still has no date, between the Canary Island Federation (Fecai), the President of the Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, and the Vice President and Minister of Finance, Román Rodríguez,
We will discuss the formulabecause we want to know how much they want us to advance them, how much money they expect against certification or if a mixture of both is better».
Fermín Delgado insists that the Government's will is to "give them the amounts that correspond to them, negotiate how it is done and that no one is harmed compared to the rest." He explains that the
Development Fund is an "extraordinary" grant and the idea has been built that its justification is lighter than an ordinary contribution, in such a way that no one thinks of justifying in a year and a half, which is what the decree says, but rather that it is already in two and a half years ». The aim of the government's proposal, he adds, is "
be more efficient».
At this time, the Ministry of Finance is
revising the Fdcan decree on the recommendation of the General Intervention of the Autonomous Community to incorporate improvements in financial control and reprogramming with respect to the decree that governs the fund since 2017. Fermín
Delgado trusts that the text will be approved between the months of May or June and the agreements signed before summer.
The councils are not convinced by the explanation of the Government regarding the deadlines for the income of the money from the Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan) and demand that they receive the 160 million annually regardless of the level of execution.
The president of the Cabildo of El Hierro and incumbent of the Canary Islands Federation (
Fecai), Alpidio Armas, points out that corporations
they need certainty to have these resources to do their programming or "go to a bank for a loan".
On the other hand, he demands speed from the Government when it comes to
extend the agreements for the islands that have already completed them. Arms stresses that
the government must “give light” as soon as possible about the continuity of these agreements, since the resources are very important for the island corporations.
The president of El Hierro and head of Fecai, Alpidio Armas. Juan Carlos Alonso
The Fdcan agreements closed with the previous Executive they were ten years for Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and Lanzarote; five years for Fuerteventura; and four years for Gran Canaria and El Hierro, that is to say that these last three have already concluded.
In this sense, Deputy Minister Fermín Delgado affirms that
“all the agreements will continue with the same amounts as if they had been made for ten years”. Once the decree has been prepared, the call will be published and the new agreements will be signed for the remaining time with the same annual installments. In no case,
“no council will be harmedbut without an agreement in force, you cannot give him the money, ”he adds.