The expert appointed by the Autonomous Community of Castile and Leon in the Commission created by the Government of the nation on the reform of the regional financing model, Jaime Rabanal, has been convinced that the Castilian-Leonian community is “well positioned” to address now the political discussion on this matter as elements of expenditure estimation that can benefit this territory have been raised.
As has been said, at this time Castilla y León has “a lot of work done” in the estimation of real spending on Health and also in Dependency, figures that should be able to put on the table so that the principle of ordinality ‘that the experts have also raised and which, in their opinion, can only have a negative impact on Castilla y León if the future model does not have sufficient resources in its entirety.
Having said that, he has been emphatic in acknowledging that there is still a negotiation work to be done within the Fiscal and Financial Policy Council (CPFF) and that, as he has predicted, “it will not be easy” but he pointed out that the problems They will come “from the own difficulties of the demographic structure” of Castile and Leon, a structural situation that, “like all, is reversible”, has also qualified.
This is the main message that Rabanal has transferred in his appearance this Friday in the Committee of Economy of Cortes to explain the details of the report of the Commission created by the central government on the reform of the model of autonomic financing and that, according to has ratified , “opens the way to improve the estimation of spending” of the Community, as it already pointed out last August 21 when it presented the document in the Governing Council.
“It also paves the way for the estimation of dispersion and may be important for Castilla y León”, explained Rabanal in that “positive” reading of the response of the report of the National Commission to the traditional approaches of the Community, with the exception of the future of the ‘status quo’ that demands this autonomy and that already motivated a particular vote of Rabanal to avoid that it can lose funding with respect to the current model.
“The opposite would be an authentic madness for Castilla y León”, has warned the socialist attorney Jose Francisco Martin for whom it is an aspect for which the Board will have to “split the face as never before”.
On the other hand, Jaime Rabanal has considered “fundamental” that the new model improve the calculation of spending needs in terms of the “adjusted population” through a “solid, powerful and independent” technical commission that estimates the fundamental parameters of permanently and not every five years as the law now marks. In this way, delays in deliveries on account of the current model would be avoided
Rabanal has shared the Commission’s approach to change voting rules in the CPFF to avoid imposing the government with the support of a community in certain decision-making, such as the deficit target. “It is fundamental,” argued the expert from Castilla y León, for whom the current indebtedness of the autonomies would have been different if different deficit targets had been applied depending on the situation of each territory.
At this point, he has called for the need to “take off the flags” to address issues from a global and State view also convinced that we must take advantage of the negotiation to resolve “between all” and in a “calm and tranquil way” “the” worrying “indebtedness of some community that already exceeds 40 percent of its GDP,” whatever its justification “and before it is a” serious problem “due to an increase in long-term interest rates.
In a national key, he has shared the recommendation that the regional communities go to the basic financing model proposed by the experts and has admitted that the financing of the Local Administration or the Unit has not been entered into, with a separate group and that he demands that it be included in the future financing model.
WORK “COHERENT AND WITHOUT INDICATIONS”
“I have tried to do a technically consistent and coherent work without any indications from anyone and I have acted according to my real knowledge and understanding, I hope I have fulfilled the expectations”, the expert confessed at the end of his appearance with the wish that the ” technically consistent work, although it has gaps “allows to find politicians a” lowest common denominator “to maintain the Welfare State.
On the other hand, all the parliamentary groups have coincided in recognizing that the report of the National Commission offers “reasons for optimism” about the future of regional financing for Castilla y León but they have also been clear in reminding the Board that from now on “real work begins” so it will have to be especially belligerent before the Government and before other autonomous communities and put “all the meat on the spit” as well as seeking agreements and “accomplices” in other communities with common interests.
In this sense, the spokesman of the Grupo Podemos in this Committee, Felix Díez Romero, has warned that changes to the regional financing model will be subject to what happens in Catalonia as of October 1, the date on which the independence referendum, since the fiscal capacity of that territory will affect the possible changes.
“We hope that the document in the negotiation process will not get worse but will improve, partly depends on us,” Rabanal has responded.
Both PSOE and Podemos have warned that they will be “over” the Board before the possibility of “getting back on their knees before the elder brother of the PP” and Citizens Attorney Manuel Mitadiel has warned that it will be a debate ” absolutely complicated “before the interests of some communities that defend the ‘per capita’ weighting or doubts about the ‘status quo’.
Finally, the ‘popular’ Salvador Cruz has defended that the Board has done the duties to promote in his day
a working group and a Community agreement that does not exist in other territories and has advocated defending now in the CPFF the concept of adjusted population and the novel elements that benefit Castilla y León.
Cruz and Martín have shared that the crisis has diminished the current financing model and have disagreed about their levels of demand depending on the
current government. “Without entering it and you more, none has been good, that’s why we want a satisfactory one”, summarized Díez Romero de Podemos to once again claim the concept of social expenditure floor.