The First Vice President of the Government, Carmen Calvo, at the time Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, participated this Thursday together with the president of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Abel knight, in the presentation of the ‘Shock Plan for the exhumations of mass graves’ from the Civil War and the Franco regime.
The Government has granted 1.5 million euros in aid for 114 projects for the exhumation and recovery of missing persons that will be carried out during 2021 throughout the country. The aid is part of the plans approved by the Council of Ministers last October 2020 for «Alleviate the lack of financial resources due to the absence of government subsidies since 2013 ”.
As explained by the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, the total is divided into two parts. In the first place, 750,000 euros managed directly by the Ministry, of which 60 percent (450,000 euros) will be used exclusively for the exhumation of graves. On the other hand, 750,000 also for the recovery of bodies that will be managed by the FEMP.
The ministry headed by Calvo also points out that this project aims to be “A transitory phase” until the ‘Four-Year Plan to search for missing persons during the Coup d’état, the Civil War and the Dictatorship’ is activated. The latter will be financed through the General State Budgets (PGE) and will be a fundamental part of the Democratic Memory law in which the Government works.
Calvo thanked the municipalities and other organizations for their disposition and requested “Work without rest” and “no political color” in these projects. “The dignity that we owe to these victims and to our own past cannot have a political color,” he said. In the same way, he has referred to the work of associations, memorial collectives and family members. «We owe it to those who are still alive, very old (…), and to those who have been working for a long time, including during the black silence of the dictatorship, such as associations and families, waiting for light and dignity to be shed on their pain, “he added.
He has also vindicated the work of his Vice President and his team. “We have many years left, because many years have passed without these issues being asked and being on the agenda worthy of the Government.” A puja to the Executives of the Popular Party. These grants are the first since 2013. Although later he repeated that partisan struggles had to be abandoned: “I want to ask that there are no colors here and I will not remember any of the colors.”
The Democratic Memory Law
Calvo’s department also insists that these commitments will be “substantiated” with the approval of the Democratic Memory law. The vice president calls on parliamentary groups to support the rule that will arrive “shortly” at the Congress of Deputies. They want to get approved this quarter. In addition, Calvo recalled that an item of 11.3 million euros was approved in the General State Budgets of 2021 for Democratic Memory.
Calvo has vigorously defended the amount earmarked for recovery without forgetting that the country is going through a recession. “Despite the fact that we are going through this situation where we are faced with the economic and rapid reconstruction of the country due to the pandemic, that does not hinder that every day we are in our rightful place in the field of memory and that every day we work to identify victims, “he explained. “They have every right to demand public resources from the state,” he continued.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism