Congress rejects by absolute majority the agreement between the Government and the FEMP on the remnants

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Almost all the parties that make up the Congress of Deputies, which number deputies above the absolute majority of the Chamber, have already shown their frontal rejection of the decree law that includes the agreement between the Government and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) for the release of the remnants and the use of the surplus, which must be submitted to a validation or repeal vote within one month.

The Council of Ministers transformed the agreement with the municipal group into a decree-law, so it must take it to the Congress of Deputies within 30 business days, as early as September. In this vote, given the positions of the opposition groups, and even United We Can, both in the FEMP and in public appearances, the decree law is today closer to being repealed than countersigned.

At the FEMP Governing Board, the agreement only added the 12 votes in favor of the PSOE, by the 12 against PP, Junts and Ciudadanos. The abstention of Unidas Podemos and the casting vote of the socialist president of the federation were decisive in accepting the initiative, which caused the breakdown of the historic consensus in the municipal group.

The abstention from Unidas Podemos it finally came about after several refusals from this group, which led the president of the FEMP to postpone the meeting of the Governing Board on several occasions to continue negotiating the proposal with the Ministry of Finance and guarantee a sufficient majority to move the agreement forward. .

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However, from Unidas Podemos, which is part of the coalition Executive, have been very critical of the deal and they even dared to say that it was against the government agreement with the PSOE in municipal matters.

From En Comú, the Catalan partner of the confederal group, they have been the most vehement when it comes to charging against the Treasury proposal, something that has recently been verbalized by the mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, who assured that the decree was “a error “and called to continue working from” the municipal unit “so that it is modified in Congress.

For their part, parties such as PP, Vox, Ciudadanos, ERC, Junts, Bildu, Navarra Suma, Compromís and Foro Asturias, which number around 180 seats, have been announcing their vote against.

In the Popular Party, group with 88 deputies, They have harshly referred to the agreement between the Government and the municipal groupThey have even threatened to take him to court. They have also announced that they will launch a parliamentary offensive to reverse these measures on surpluses and surpluses.

Already at the Board of Spokespersons and at the FEMP Government meeting they were very critical of the first proposal from the Treasury, something that increased when the agreement was finally approved last Monday. Several ‘popular’ leaders even speak of “theft” of local entities by the central executive.

Vox, which has 52 deputies in Congress, has also criticized the central government and, more specifically, the PSOE, which they consider to be a “surrender” of surplus cash. The parliamentary spokesman, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, considers that the ‘socialist’ formation has given Caballero “an ear flip” with respect to what he defended in the reconstruction commission just two months ago.

For its part, Ciudadanos, who already voted against in the FEMP Governing Board, has also frontally rejected the agreement and the statements of the Deputy Mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, suggest that their formation will do the same in the vote of the Congress. “There is a total absence of interest on the part of Pedro Sánchez and the coalition government towards the municipalities,” she assured.

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In the case of ERC and Junts, which number 21 deputies, they have also positioned themselves against the agreement and have attacked the central executive because they consider that this Treasury document is against municipalism.

Another that, today, is against the agreement is EH-Bildu, with five deputies, who has shown his “strongest rejection” and has demanded that this decision be reversed. The Basque group refers to the agreement signed with the PSOE and Unidas Podemos and claims that local entities “can dispose of their remnant for public policies aimed at alleviating the social effects derived from the COVID-19 crisis.”

In parallel, Compromís, the BNG, Foro Asturias or the Canary Coalition, among others, have also shown their rejection of the Government’s agreement with the municipal group. The Valencian party did so through a statement in which it considered it to be an “attack on municipal autonomy”, while the BNG called it a “seizure”.

For its part, Foro Asturias believes that the agreement is a “patch to save face” to the initial proposal of the Ministry of María Jesús Montero, and the Canary Coalition agreed with the other groups in pointing out that it was “bad news” for municipalism.

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