Torres takes advantage of the affinity with the central government

Ängel Víctor Torres and Pedro Sánchez, at a moment of the meeting this Monday. / Twitter Presidency of the Government

The regional president made a political balance of the issues achieved after the meeting with Sánchez in Lanzarote

Ingrid Ortiz-Viera

The regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, took advantage of the occasion of his visit to Lanzarote to make a political balance and give an account of some of the issues achieved in the archipelago thanks to the good understanding with the Government of Pedro Sánchez.

In the first place, he positively valued the signing of the mixed and bilateral commission for Canary-State relations, which had not been held for twelve years. A sample of those who, in his opinion, "have opted for self-government and the transfer of powers and those who have not." Among the successes,
the transfer of costs, which will be effective from January 1 of the following year. "We wanted to do it with a head and in a harmonic way," added Torres.

He also excelled in economics
the increase in the spending ceiling for the autonomous community by almost 11%which will allow the budget to be increased to over 10,000 million euros.

The regional president assured that the Canary Islands are in a moment of
"economic strength" although it recognized the negative data of unemployment registered in July. He attributes part of this context to the strike of some 10,000 teachers who will return to work in September, with the school year, and will compensate for the 1,200 more people registered last month. The increase in signed contracts or indefinite contracts support their argument.

About the
state inflationary measures, especially those related to energy saving. “We have to make decisions now to prevent in the future. Savings are essential and we do not advocate in any case to repeal the decree law, which is necessary, urgent and subject to improvements”, Torres reflected.

The jam of the road agreement

Torres stuck out his chest for having resolved the outstanding amounts of the
road agreement and responded to the criticism of the PP, "those responsible for this mess" and those of CC, whose modification of the decree supposed "legal complexity."

Thus, he affirmed that the 200 million missing from the work carried out in the 2023 budgets will be entered in the budgets of the autonomous community for any type of expense, while the 404 million from the work not carried out will be included in an addendum that already he has the political congratulations and they hope to take him to the Governing Council shortly.

Immigration, a pending subject

The issue of unaccompanied migrant minors continues to be a pending battle. The agreement to transfer 600 to other autonomous communities between this year and the next to relieve pressure in the Canary Islands, which protects around 2,400, represents a step forward. However, Torres still calls for a change in the law to regulate this distribution in an equitable and co-responsible manner.

"We are not happy with that number," said the regional president. "The objective is for the Cortes to change the law so that the burden does not fall, as it has until now, on the border regions, which are fundamentally the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla."

However, Torres acknowledges that there is a relative "normalization" of migratory flows in recent months and trusts that there will be new agreements in the future.

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