The Government will inform of the additional aid to the buses

Sánchez reiterated this week that the buses in the Canary Islands will receive half that of the trains in the peninsula. / EFE

The councils not led by the PSOE show reluctance when it comes to increasing this aid with their own funds

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

The Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing will "inform" the
councils of the
bonus that they can apply to the bus bonuses according to their budget availability and increase the
50% fixed by the State. However, he will not meet with them or negotiate any measures in this regard.

land transport in the Canary Islands will be discounted by 50% in the last quarter of the year, exactly half that of the
trains commuter and medium distance
Peninsula and Balearic Islandsas agreed by the central Executive and reiterated by Pedro Sánchez this week in Lanzarote.

After this door slam to match benefits,
the Canarian president, Ángel Víctor Torresopened the possibility for
councils and town halls "lean in" and implement help with
own resources.

In this sense, the Ministry that directs
Sebastian Franquis It has already indicated that the autonomous community will manage the aforementioned 50% but will not contribute funds.

In this sense,
the General Director of Transport, Manuel Ángel Hernándezis contacting the councils to find out before the
day 16 of this month of August which travel titles they want to benefit from the additional 20% obtained from the State
-the bonus for buses went from 30% to 50%-.

The objective is to define this extreme in a
agreement or protocol this month and take effect on September 1. Although Councilor Franquis indicated that the amount that would reach the buses in the islands would be around 23 million, this amount is not completely closed.

The position of the islands

The councils not led by the PSOE have already shown their
reluctance for this implementation that can be registered for the 50% bonus to come out of their coffers, since, they explain, transport is a transfer that is not well endowed and that the islands already assume.

Also, from
Gran Canaria, La Gomera or Fuerteventurait is noted that they have launched
grants with own resources to serve vulnerable groups. They affirm that the citizens of the islands should receive the same benefits as in the peninsula.

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales (NC)regrets verifying "the increasingly unbearable ignorance, when not contempt, of peninsular politicians of any sign about the singularities of the Canary Islands and their jurisdiction."

It considers it inadmissible that the State treats the archipelago "differently and negatively" with respect to the citizens of the rest of the national territory and that their needs and
requires a 100% discount on buses.

In addition, Morales criticizes the fact that public passenger transport on the islands is left out of the bonus because they do not have trains “and that bonus is related to 75% of transport, achieved in a negotiation within the framework of the REF. It has nothing to do with it".


Refering to
derivation of that responsibility towards councils and municipalities, the president of Gran Canaria considers it
"unacceptable". He points out that local entities are already making a significant effort within their powers to lower the cost of transport and insists emphatically: "if aid is put in place aimed at alleviating inflation,
the Canary Islands cannot be left out».

the president of the Cabildo de la Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo (ASG), is in favor of contributing additional funds from the insular corporations to obtain a bonus beyond 50% because
"although the powers are transferred, the cost is never covered".

He positively values ​​that Sánchez included the tram and urban buses in the bonus, but he understands that “more needs to be improved. Canary requires
greater sensitivity of the Government of Spain due to its status as an ultraperipheral region. "Undoubtedly," she stated,
the announcements of the president of Spain "could have been improved".

For its part,
the president of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Sergio LloretI consider that
it is "very difficult" for this corporation to adjust the budget to increase the item that is already destined to subsidize public transport.

He points out that the amount earmarked for this purpose has been growing because, given the rise in fuel prices,
more and more citizens are opting for the bus.

"Pure justice"

Laura Fuentes, general coordinator of Podemos Canarias claimed again yesterday that
free transport reaches the islands like the rest of the State, which would allow "breathing for thousands of families in the archipelago who have a very complex situation."

remembered that
They share this demand with other partners of the Pact of Flowers -ASG and NC- "and the President of the Government himself", for what he points out, "conformism is not a good adviser and the lurches of recent days send the wrong message."

In his opinion, the Canary Islands should receive a 100% discount for buses like other territories for their trains "because it is our basic means of transport."
“It is a vindication of pure justice and common sense.”

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