The presidents of Aragon and Andalusia, the Socialists Javier Lambán and Susana Díaz, have called on Wednesday to the Chief Executive, Mariano Rajoy, to advance in the negotiation of a new model of regional financing without waiting for a new government to be formed in Catalonia .
Although it is not desirable, Lambán and Díaz, who has received Rajoy in La Moncloa, have agreed that the Executive of Rajoy can represent Catalonia in that negotiation as long as article 155 remains in force. “If there is an agreement on the financing model, that responsibility has to have who has the competencies,” Diaz said at a press conference.
Minutes later, Lambán pointed in the same line. “I refuse to accept that Catalonia conditions more Spanish policy, if it is necessary to reach an agreement and there is no Government in Catalonia, I would negotiate it with the current Government of 155,” he said.
Asked if the Executive of Rajoy would be entitled to negotiate on behalf of the Catalans a new funding model, Lambán has acknowledged that it would not be “desirable” that the agreement be reached with a government that was not the result of the elections of 21 December, but wanted to emphasize that he refuses to “accept that the situation in Catalonia” further condition the lives of Spaniards.
THE CPPF WILL MEET IN MAY
In spite of the difficulties, Lambán has urged that a new model of regional financing be “seriously debated” in the Fiscal and Financial Policy Council (CPPF), where autonomy and the Rajoy government are represented and that the President of the Government has committed to convene in May, as he has informed Díaz and Lambán.
This call by the two autonomous presidents that the new financing model is no longer at the expense of the evolution of events in Catalonia contradicts the position held by the Ministry of Finance, contrary to agreeing to finance without a full-fledged Catalan councilor .
When Díaz was asked about the possibility of agreeing on a new model of regional financing without the participation of Catalonia, he replied: “Why will not Catalonia participate?” Some people are exercising their skills in Catalonia “nowadays , in reference to the intervention of Catalan autonomy via 155.
However, the two presidents have stressed that it is desirable that as soon as possible a new government was formed in Catalonia, with a viable president, without legal causes, that would allow this community to return to democratic normalcy.
The two presidents have also made it clear that in terms of regional funding their duty is to represent the interests of the citizens of their territories, which may not be the same as those of other communities governed by socialists. That is why they have told Rajoy that this is a question that must be debated between governments, and not between parties, as the Executive intended.
GIFT WITH MESSAGE TO RAJOY
Lambán has revealed that he has come to Moncloa with a gift for Rajoy, an edition of ‘El Político’ by Baltasar Gracián, written in 1640, coinciding with a rebellion in Catalonia and with Portugal separating from Spain and in which the author praised Fernando of Aragon as the monarch who “believed that things had to be resolved through politics and dialogue”.
But Lambán has also asked the Executive of Rajoy determination to defend Catalonia as part of Spain. In this sense, he has asked to convene this year, on the occasion of the 8th centenary of the Archives of the Crown of Aragon, located in Barcelona, a meeting of its Board, which include Catalonia, Aragon, Valencia and the Balearic Islands.
According to Lambán, the Board of Trustees has not met for a while because successive Spanish governments have thought that their call would bother Catalonia. But the Aragonese president is in favor of abandoning this “policy of appeasement” that has not yielded any fruit and bringing together the regional governments and the central executive to show that in Catalonia there are elements “so deeply Spanish” as the Archive of the Crown of Aragon .