The Government advances that its next bilateral meetings will be with Euskadi and the Canary Islands for transfers of powers

01/29/2024 The Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres, appears during the Territorial Policy Commission, in the Congress of Deputies, on January 29, 2024, in Madrid (Spain). During the Commission, the minister reported on the general lines of the policy of his department. POLITICS Alejandro Martínez Vélez – Europa Press

The Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced this Monday that the next calls for bilateral commissions will be held with the Governments of the Basque Country and the Canary Islands to advance transfers of powers, although the date has not been specified. that will be carried out. He advanced this during his intervention in the Territorial Policy Commission of Congress, where he explained that these two communities had requested to meet bilaterally with the central government and bilateral commissions will soon be convened with those regions that formally request it. Precisely, the Basque Government has set a limit of the first three months of 2024 to end up materializing the transfers of Cercanías railways, homologation of university degrees and reception of immigrants. For its part, the Government of the Canary Islands formally requested a month ago to convene a bilateral commission with the central Executive, with the aim of analyzing, renegotiating and completing the Costa transfers. COMBINE THEM WITH MULTILATERAL MEETINGS During his speech, the Minister of Territorial Policy has opted for cooperation with the autonomous communities that “must combine” the multilateral forums with the bilateral organizations with the different regions. One of these multilateral forums, that of the Conference of Presidents, has also come up during the minister’s appearance given that the deputy and leader of the PP, Elías Bendodo, has recalled the formal request from different autonomous communities that it be convened this organ. In this regard, Torres has denied that the President of the Government has 20 days to convene the Conference from the moment he receives the request from the regional presidents, as Bendodo has stated, and has claimed the “consensus” of this body, beyond the fact that the PP want to include different agenda items. LIGITIOSITY The Minister of Territorial Policy has placed special emphasis on the agreements reached with the regional governments to reduce the ligitiosity in some regulations, comparing the data with what the PP had when it was in Moncloa. In this regard, he has defended that since Sánchez’s arrival at La Moncloa “only” five appeals have been presented against regional laws without a prior bilateral commission and 31 having been convened by this body. Likewise, he has highlighted that in the last five years a total of 275 agreements have been reached with the autonomous communities, 22 of them so far in this legislature. The minister has also spoken about the reform of the Local Regime Bases Law, which will promote the digitalization of municipal registers, among other things, as well as the decentralization of headquarters or the Council of Languages. AUTONOMOUS FINANCING REFORM For their part, the various spokespersons for the parliamentary groups have been questioning the minister about the reform of regional financing, even with different positions on the matter, and the forgiveness of the debt agreed with ERC. Specifically, the spokesperson for Junts in this Commission, Eduard Pujol, believes that the 15,000 million euros that will be forgiven to Catalonia are insufficient. In the case of the ERC deputy Teresa Jordà, she has once again demanded that the Government provide unique financing for Catalonia, in addition to asking during this committee for various powers so that the Generalitat can manage them directly. Also from the Sumar group, with its two speakers, they have spoken about what the reform of regional financing means for both the Balearic Islands and the Valencia Community, urging it to be carried out, as has the Canarian deputy of Podemos, Noemí Santana.

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