Monday, June 27

Municipalism is in fashion

Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the FEMP.

For a while now, municipalism is a fad that ceased to be a secret to become a claim with which to project a closeness especially required in the midst of a pandemic. The organic commitment of the great links of the bipartisanship for the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, or the regidor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, it’s an example. And the Council of Ministers that Pedro Sánchez put together after the remodeling of his national Executive is a more forceful sample button. An incentive that gives even more meaning to the existence of institutions such as the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP). In other words, that national sanhedrin of mayors who is at the top of thel Conference Center of Torremolinos to celebrate a round anniversary. In fact, these dates that rush the working days of this week bring together in the Malaga town councilors from all over Spain and leaders of various parties to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the FEMP.

During the coming-out, the Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, suggested to all those present one of those indisputable references that refer to the current vigor of municipalism. She broke into the pinnacle of national politics from a town hall and she herself took it upon herself to remember it: “I proudly belong to a government that believes in municipalism and practices it day by day.”

The Minister Spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez. Alex ZEA

One of the most anecdotal situations was served by the minister herself. The former mayor of the La Mancha town of Puertollano caused spontaneous applause when she reported that she was born in the same year and the same month as the FEMP. Specifically, a week before its foundation. She was born on June 5, 1981. And, a week later, when they were working on the creation of the municipal organism, the minister was, in her own words, “a baby whose mother was breastfeeding.”

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In the previous intervention, ehe president of the FEMP and mayor of that epicenter of Christmas lighting called Vigo, the socialist Abel Caballero, had already broken the ice to promote a more relaxed atmosphere: “Soon, we will celebrate the half century of the FEMP and I will continue to be mayor of Vigo.” He blurted it out at the end of his speech and the laugh was unanimous.

From the seats closest to the auditorium, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, as well as his Seville counterpart and his new regional leader of the PSOE, Juan Espadas. There was only one chair between the leaders of the two main Andalusian cities.

Then, when they immediately participated in a round table and stopped being public to ‘promote’ speakers, there was also a seat, the one occupied by the mayor of Moncada and Reixach, Laura Campos (En Comu Podem). On the same platform they met andl Mayor of the PP in Estepona and vice president of the FEMP, José María García Urbano, who served as moderator; the mayor of Santander, Gema Igual (PP); and the socialist president of the Diputación de Jaén, Francisco Reyes.

In the opening ceremony, some of the Malaga politicians present at the event also enjoyed a leading role. The host mayor, the socialist José Ortiz He stressed that “these are important and happy days for Torremolinos in which municipal management and the role of city councils in solving people’s problems are valued”.

The president of the Malaga Provincial Council and councilor of Rincón de la Victoria, Francisco Salado, He called for the “urgent” creation of a compensation fund to “alleviate the hole that the elimination of capital gains will cause in the municipal coffers.”

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For its part, the counselor of the Presidency and spokesperson of the Junta de Andalucía, Elías Bendodo, He stressed that “municipal policy is dialogue and involvement 24 hours a day, seven days a week” and “the Andalusian Government demonstrates its support for the municipalities with deeds.” We increased the financing of the municipalities in 30 million, until reaching 510 million, and we will add another five million in the new budget “.

In addition, the President of the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP), Fernando Rodríguez VillalobosHe pointed out that “four decades ago everything had to be done and that was the impulse”. “I ask the new municipalism not to forget that to go far, we have to walk together,” he added.

The days ’40 years FEMP. Proximity and Local Power ‘ They are held this Thursday and tomorrow Friday at the Torremolinos Conference Center. The working groups on the first day have been focused on the future of municipalism, Local Haciendas, Next Generation Funds, the Urban Agenda and the State Pact against Depopulation. For the closing on Friday, separate forums dedicated to the local sphere and smart tourist destinations have been reserved.

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