De Castro stressed that “we will not allow the state of alarm by covid-19 to prevent the Upper House from listening to Melilla” and thanked the Minister of Territorial Policy, Carolina Darías, for her support.
Given the current circumstances due to the covid-19 pandemic, Eduardo de Castro has regretted that the Upper House does not allow the appearance of the autonomous presidents by videoconference in the session that is held this Thursday
The President has announced that he will present the measures that have been adopted around the crisis caused by the pandemic, encompassed mainly in two areas, as he explained, on the one hand to contain the disease and on the other, those aimed at social support and economical for families and companies not only to face the difficult current moment, but also to lay a firm foundation for economic recovery.
In this regard, he emphasized that, given the situation arising from the state of alarm, which leads to limitations in transport and the recommendation not to travel, he will send his statement in writing for the purpose of recording it in the Commission’s Sessions Journal. .
It is a circumstance accepted by the Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function, Carolina Darias, who, in a telephone conversation, has transferred to Eduardo de Castro her “total understanding and absolute support” in the decision of “by responsibility” not to travel this Thursday to Madrid, the Melilla president has asserted.
Eduardo de Castro explained that, like other extra-peninsular territories, Melilla has requested the intervention of the autonomous presidents in the aforementioned session by telematic means, an online petition that allows, since the activation of the alarm state, hold weekly “profitably the videoconference of regional presidents with the Prime Minister.”
In the letter sent to the Upper House to communicate and explain his absence, the President of the City recalls that the Autonomous City of Melilla has “postponed all face-to-face parliamentary activity, conducting at this time by the Government the meetings of all the prescriptive organs telematically. ” In this sense, and with the consensus of all the political groups, the Melilla Assembly enabled systems that have allowed it to continue its activity during the still current state of alarm.
Regarding the positioning of the Autonomous City of Melilla in the General Commission of the Autonomous Communities in the Senate, De Castro will emphasize “the loss of income due to the state of alarm, the money that the State owes to Melilla, the payment improper powers and the closure of the border with Morocco, among other issues. “