Andalusia demands fair treatment from Madrid
Junta de Andalucia president Juanma Moreno has called on Madrid to treat all autonomous communities fairly as it prepares to offer tax incentives for companies to return to Catalonia.
“It is inevitable and urgent to restore a climate of understanding, cooperation and solidarity in Spain that avoids territorial inequalities and promotes convergence, economic and social, in the country,” Moreno said at the press conference. Andalusian Parliament July 7.
Madrid owes Andalusia 10.835 billion euros in debts accumulated since 2009 and it has criticized the government for having dispersed the Covid 2020 fund by GDP and not by population.
In doing so, Madrid “were giving more to those who had the most,” Moreno said.
Andalusia has received 2.199 billion Covid funds, 13.7% of the total despite 18% of the Spanish population. each Andalusian received 261 euros while the Spanish average was 340 euros per capita.
Covid 2021 funds will be distributed according to population, and Andalusia will receive an additional 2.357 billion.
“At this critical juncture, all communities should have the same opportunities for recovery,” he said.
“The logical question, which the government must answer, is why was not the same criterion followed in 2020? Why is the adjusted population criterion not maintained in the rest of the funding of the autonomous communities? Especially since the current Minister of Finance was the main defender of this criterion and admits that the distribution punishes Andalusia, ”added Moreno with reference to the Minister of Finance Maria Jesus Montero, who was previously head of finances of Andalusia.
Moreno also urged the government to distribute EU Next Generation funds by population.
“I think this is the fairest criterion because it is the citizens who are the final beneficiaries of this money and those who really should benefit from these resources through better health, better education or a greater capacity to develop. employment policies, ”he said.
“Recovery is a collective challenge in which collaboration between institutions and territories is essential. No one can have a privileged position and who wants to face Andalusia defending the equality and solidarity of the Spanish people ”, he added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is reportedly under pressure to grant tax breaks to encourage businesses to return to Catalonia after a mass exodus to Madrid in 2017 following the region’s independence bid . Failure to offer tax incentives could cost him the support of Catalan nationalist parties that back the PSOE in government, according to Spanish media.
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