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The Court of Accounts detects “undeclared electoral expenses” of the Valls coalition


An image of Manuel Valls

An image of Manuel Valls
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The Court of Auditors has detected “Unreported electoral expenses” worth 189,497 euros in the accounts presented by the BCN Canvi electoral coalition for the 2019 municipal elections, led by former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls together with independents and members of Cs.

The supervisory body states in the Audit Report of the Accounts of the local elections of May 26, 2019 that, “of the amount declared by the coalition, a total of 188,867 euros” they were invoiced and paid by the Barcelona Capital European Association.

This association was the platform with which Valls presented his candidacy for the municipal elections before forming the coalition with Cs, and the Court of Accounts considers that the electoral coalition did not comply with the provisions of the Organic Law on the financing of political parties.

As stated in the report, this law “does not allow to accept that, directly or indirectly, third parties effectively assume the cost of the acquisition of goods, works or services of any other expenses generated by the activity of political parties “.

The acceptance by third parties of the effective cost of the acquisition of goods, works, services or other expenses generated by the activity of political parties, warns the Court, “constitutes a punishable irregularity.”

Of the total undeclared expenses, 126,479 “have been taken into account for the purposes of complying with the maximum expenditure limit” and 63,018 correspond to expenses of an electoral nature, but which have been made before the start of the call for elections and, therefore, outside the period indicated in the Organic Law of the General Electoral Regime (Loreg).

For this reason, the Court has emphasized that “electoral expenses have not been considered nor taken into account for the calculation of the maximum limit of expenses.”

On the other hand, The report also reveals that the training “exceeded the maximum expenses” for this electoral process by 126,819.24 euros., which represents an excess of 71.15% over the established expenditure limit (178,237.73), so that the total expenses amounted to 305,056.97 euros.

BCN Canvi sources have explained to Europa Press that they will challenge the report since they do not agree with the attribution of electoral expenses, and have clarified that it is a report and not a sanction.

Cs is unchecked

BCN Canvi sources have explained that they will challenge the report since they do not agree with the attribution of electoral expenses and have clarified that it is a report and not a sanction.

For its part, Cs has assured that these expenses “have nothing to do with either the municipal group or with Cs”, since they are prior to the coalition pact that was made in April 2019, and they defend that the turnover of the orange formation is collected in a different section.

In the allegations that both groups presented to the report, BCN Canvi considers that the invoices issued cannot be considered as electoral expenses because they are not activities aimed at requesting a vote, while Cs states that it has not been aware of these expenses and that their attribution “It is the result of the confusion between the activities of the Association with those of the coalition.”


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