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The bilateral commission between the Provincial Council and the Consell accumulates a year of delay


First meeting of the bilateral commission between the Consell and the Provincial Council, a year ago.

First meeting of the bilateral commission between the Consell and the Provincial Council, a year ago.

The bilateral commission between the Consell and the Diputación de Alicante already accumulates a year of delay in which the dialogue between the two institutions has been null. If in January 2020 the provincial and regional leaders staged in the Palau de la Generalitat their will to order relations and agree on the distribution of aid from the Municipal Cooperation Fund, now that commitment has been blown up, leaving more doubts than certainties. the lack of precision and the lack of planning and concrete projects.

After being re-elected president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig set himself the objective of making his presence visible in the province and increasing Alicante’s quota in the Consell as he has done this week with the appointment of Toñi Serna as regional secretary. For its part, Carlos Mazón has wanted to participate in regional negotiations on priority issues that may affect this territory. The two leaders promised to row in the same direction to defend Alicante’s interests. To this day that promise has not materialized. From the Consell they try to show that they are focused on the health crisis. For his part, Carlos Mazón does not stop raising the tone against the regional management. Their positions are immovable and at the moment there is no understanding.

The Generalitat announced that it would prepare a decree to create this bilateral commission after the meeting that was held in January 2020. During this year the Consell has managed the times at its convenience without speeding up the promised meetings to bring together positions between the institutions. For its part, the PP continues to try to make the head of the Consell the target of almost all its criticisms of being one of the territorial barons of the socialists with more institutional power. In turn, Mazón maintains a control system for the distribution of financial funds and continues to refuse to enter into the model of objective criteria set by the Generalitat. In short, one disagreement after another. And as usual, there are two versions. The Diputación faces the lack of agility when calling meetings to negotiate pending issues and ensures that the only novelty it has is the approval of the Cooperation Fund Law that will be processed in the Courts. On the part of the Generalitat they say that it is planned to convene this body before the end of this month. The two institutions have been in a war for months in which, for now, there is no room for a truce.

One of the main issues to be addressed is the distribution of aid worth 13.7 million to the municipalities of Alicante. While Mazón asks for flexibility and that the obligation be removed “because it violates local autonomy,” the Consell recalls that the Alicante Provincial Council did not want to join this fund when its membership was voluntary. Another priority issue is the reorganization to the Generalitat of the improper powers that the Provincial Council has assumed for years in health matters and that weigh down its budget. At the time this commission is convened, the president of the Alicante Provincial Council will be in charge of going to the Palau to address the negotiations in person and has asked Ximo Puig to also appear in person, an extreme that has been ruled out by the Generalitat. It is also expected that these meetings will be attended by the first vice president, Julia Parra, and the deputies Javier Gutiérrez and Juan Bautista Roselló, as well as the regional secretary for Institutional Promotion, Alfred Boix, and the general director of Local Administration, Toni Such.

The plenary session of the Consell has already approved the draft Municipal Cooperation Fund Law to transfer it to the Valencian Courts and debate it with the parliamentary groups for subsequent approval. The Botànic has offered an agreement to the PP trustee, Isabel Bonig, and the leader of Ciudadanos, Toni Cantó, to initiate a negotiation and reach a consensus on this law. The general director of Local Administration, Toni Such, has appealed to the opposition to reach an understanding and thus force the Alicante Provincial Council to distribute 13.7 million to the towns with the criteria set by the Consell. The regional executive has decided to give the status of law to this fund given the refusal of the PP to join. The Alicante Provincial Council is the only one in the Valencian Community that in the last four years has refused to apply the measure. Botànic groups defend the need to agree on this law with Isabel Bonig and Toni Cantó, an agreement that would corner Carlos Mazón. The PP of the province is already mobilizing to bring this plan to the Constitutional Court through an appeal of unconstitutionality.

Mazón asks that the criteria of his works plan be accepted

The groups that form the Botànic seek a pact with Bonig and Cantó to corner the PP of Alicante

The president of the Alicante Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, has asked the Generalitat to accept the criteria of the works plan called + Cerca, which was approved unanimously in plenary. It is an investment program that was born as an alternative to the Autonomous Cooperation Fund to respond to the political battle that it has with the Generalitat in the distribution of aid to municipalities. Both PSPV and Compromís have approved this plan, which has an investment of 30 million euros financed with remnants, twice the amount of the regional fund.

The Courts will debate the Law of the Cooperation Fund

The plenary session of the Consell has already approved the draft Law of the Municipal Cooperation Fund to transfer it to the Valencian Courts and debate it with the parliamentary groups for subsequent approval. The Botànic has offered an agreement to the PP trustee, Isabel Bonig, and the leader of Ciudadanos, Toni Cantó, to initiate a negotiation and reach a consensus on this law. The general director of Local Administration, Toni Such, has appealed to the opposition to reach an understanding and thus force the Alicante Provincial Council to distribute 13.7 million to the towns with the criteria set by the Consell. The regional executive has decided to give the status of law to this fund given the refusal of the PP to join. The Alicante Provincial Council is the only one in the Valencian Community that in the last four years has refused to apply the measure. Botànic groups defend the need to agree on this law with Isabel Bonig and Toni Cantó, an agreement that would corner Carlos Mazón. The PP of the province is already mobilizing to bring this plan to the Constitutional Court through an appeal of unconstitutionality.


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