The Government of Catalonia, which calls itself the ‘Republican Generalitat’, will negotiate today, at the tenth meeting of the Generalitat-State Bilateral Commission, which is held in Madrid, 56 new transfers and the corresponding economic and human resources with the intention to accumulate more competencies, in exchange for nothing, and without any administrative efficiency reports being provided. Laura Vilagrà (ERC), Catalan counselor for the Presidency, defended the demands of the independence groups, pointing out that these transfers “we all want them and we want them now.”
Among the demands of the Catalan Government are the management of the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport; that the Mossos d’Esquadra take charge of the protection of nature, replacing the Civil Guard; executive functions for the Catalan Traffic Service on vehicle circulation and road safety; the security of the Alguaire airport (Lleida) and that the Mossos become ordinary police of the port of Palamós (Gerona). Likewise, the Generalitat wants Civil Protection to be in charge of nuclear safety competencies and other “residual functions” that still remain with the General State Administration, as it appears in the list of requirements of the Government, reports Ep.
Today the Generalitat will also demand from the Government that the Catalan Data Protection Authority assume the functions of registration and control authority in personal data in private files and be able to exercise functions of ordering and managing the coastline, as well as sports and fishing docks, from ports of general interest and airports. And in the field of education, it will ask to manage scholarships, credits and grants for university and non-university studies, and competences in research, development and innovation.
A classic demand of nationalism is that the central Executive complies with the Third Additional Provision of the Statute, which refers to the investments of the State in Catalonia -in percentage of the weight of the national GDP-, but that the Constitutional Court declared that it is not mandatory compliance for the Executive. However, the Catalan delegation will demand its compliance, as well as more investment for the Dependency law, in Cercanías – a competition that, in turn, the commons negotiate so that it is completely transferred – and in Mossos.
And thus up to 56 measures, among which also stand out that the Board of Taxes of Catalonia assumes more powers and functions and services related to the delegation of powers of the special tax on means of transport.
The Bilateral Commission, which had not met since August 1, 2018, will be attended by the Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, the Government delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera, the Catalan Vice President, Jordi Puigneró, the aforementioned Vilagrà and, among others, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jaume Giró.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism