To the Constitutional Court. The PP is very clear that the matter will be prosecuted because it believes that the criteria of population are not taken into account and because the municipalities with the most debt will end up affected. At the summit of mayors of cities led by the popular, great force was expressed against the pact tied, thanks to their casting vote, Abel Caballero, President of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, that reorders local government accounts and savings.There is an urban trio formed by Zaragoza, Murcia and Granada who are affected by the decision to use the remnants. These three cities have red numbers, an inherited deficit, and could not benefit from the measure approved by the FEMP since they do not have savings.
Treasury has its way: it will use the remainder of municipalities and county councils
Agustín Rivera. MalagaThe municipalism consensus is broken. The Ministry imposes its criteria thanks to the casting vote of Mayor Vigo, President of the FEMP. The PP describes the measure as “theft”
Jorge Azcón has been the mayor of Zaragoza since June 2019. His debt stands at 700 million euros. When he came to the Government it stood at 1,000 million. “We have managed to lower it by 300 million,” explains Azcón in statements to this newspaper. His city, the fifth in Spain in number of inhabitants, has managed to renegotiate tram debt that it was computed to the city council. “That was a major relief to us.”
The first mayor of Zaragoza trusts that the appeal will not have to be reached before the Constitutional Court. Believe in a solution via parliamentary procedure. Azcón maintains that there will be groups such as BNG, ERC or Compromís that will not validate the FEMP agreement in the Congress of Deputies.
“It will be very difficult for them”
“In this only the PSOE is convinced. In Parliament it will be very difficult for them to pass. Spaniards have to be the same. Why will those who have more savings receive more money than those who do not? “Asks the mayor of Zaragoza, after admitting that the new system can benefit” a few, but it will harm us a lot”.
And what is the approach that in your opinion should have been put on the table? Take into account the number of inhabitants, the same criteria that has been maintained in the autonomous communities. “Why are municipalities treated differently and worse? Let’s fight”.
The Mayor of Zaragoza, Jorge Azcón (EFE).
Azcón explains how the first proposal raised in the FEMP until Thursday night was that the municipalities that delivered their remnants were allowed to use 35% of what they sent. The calculations of the ministry passed by expecting a collection of 14,000 million euros. 35% of that amount is 5 billion. Calculations suggested that € 2 billion could be spent in 2020 and € 3 billion in 2021.
What happened on Friday morning? The approach was closed in an offer of 5,000 million euros that would be obtained through the PGE (General State Budgets). “If you divide the 5,000 million by inhabitants, just like the proposal of the 16,000 million of the autonomous communities, Zaragoza has 71.3 million euros.” And he adds: “With the proposal approved in the FEMP to the Zaragoza City Council we get 0 euros because we have no remnant”. The accounts do not come out. “Why will 0 euros come to my city? They will find out who Agustina de Aragón was“Proclaims the Aragonese mayor.