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The Provincial Council gives the green light to aid to the hospitality industry with criticism for the delay


Teodoro García Egea and Carlos Mazón met yesterday afternoon in Madrid.  |  INFORMATION

Teodoro García Egea and Carlos Mazón met yesterday afternoon in Madrid. | INFORMATION

The national leadership of the PP came out yesterday to the rescue of Carlos Mazón in one of his most complicated moments. In addition to the pressure it is receiving due to the delay in granting aid to the hotel industry, there are also discussions about irregular vaccinations or motions of no confidence. PSPV and Compromís have drawn all their arsenal to deploy a battery of accusations against Mazón. And the response of the PP has been to publicly demonstrate the support that the president of the Diputación has from the leadership of the party.

The provincial institution approved yesterday, in an extraordinary plenary session, the credit modification that will allow to allocate, through two aid plans, 24 million euros to the self-employed, SMEs and professionals in sectors such as the hotel, restaurant or leisure sectors with the aim of minimizing the economic impact of the covid. After a plenary session with dialectical crossings between the spokespersons and in which the opposition reproached Mazón for the delays in subsidies, the national leadership came to his defense. The Secretary General, Teodoro García Egea, published a photograph on social networks in which he is seen working with Carlos Mazón and stating that “the Alicante Provincial Council will pay the self-employed fee to the hoteliers and activities most affected by the pandemic. Today I have discussed these measures with Carlos Mazón, which are an example for all of Spain. The taxes of Alicante are destined to aid, not to pay babysitters.

Teodoro García Egea published this message just a few hours after the plenary session in which PSPV and Compromís launched a string of criticism of the president, Carlos Mazón, for “the lack of agility and speed” in the transfer of provincial funds, which will reach end of March to the town councils of the province. The spokesman for the socialist group, Toni Francés, who approved the aid, insisted that the Alicante Provincial Council will be the last to send the funds to the town councils of the province, adding that “again Mazón fails due to the delay in sending the urgent aid to SMEs and the self-employed ». For Francés, this regional call “has caught the PP and Ciudadanos government team with a changed foot.” Compromís, who abstained, described this management as “total unpredictability”. The spokesman, Gerard Fullana, lamented the “overflow” suffered by the government team during the health crisis. In this sense, Fullana launched a question on the air: «How long do we have to wait until the aid is in the hands of the most needy sectors? We are still waiting for them to pay out the DANA grants from 14 months ago. ”

In this regard, the head of the Economic Development area, Sebastián Cañadas, explained that “it is difficult to go faster”, and attributed the delay to the administrative processing of this type of program. However, he indicated that the transfer of the County Council will reach the consistories before the distribution of the aid begins among the beneficiaries of the respective municipal calls. The PP denounced that the Generalitat makes its payments through confirming, and not by nominative transfer as the provincial institution does, and that “this confirming has not yet reached all municipalities.” The popular regretted that the Generalitat is putting “administrative obstacles” on the aid program for the self-employed that is directly managed by the Provincial Council. In this sense, Sebastián Cañadas explained that last year the General Directorate of Local Administration considered that the duplication report and the financial protection report were not necessary for the granting of these subsidies and that, this year, it has been necessary. The president of the Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, pointed out, in this regard, that “it is clear who wants to hinder whom.”

On the one hand, the plenary session authorized an extraordinary credit of 14.7 million euros, an amount that the Alicante Provincial Council will allocate to the Plan Resistir del Consell, to help sectors such as hospitality, leisure, culture or agencies of travel, which are among the most affected by the covid since their activity has been limited. The contribution of the provincial institution represents 22.5% of the subsidy that will fall on each beneficiary municipality. The consistories will be able to have these funds at the end of next March. On the other hand, funds were set aside, from the remnants, to provide the aid plan for the self-employed, SMEs, micro-SMEs and professionals that the provincial institution already launched last year due to the pandemic and that this year is reactivated, raising its amount from 6 to 9 million euros. This amount, which will be distributed according to population criteria among the 141 municipalities of the province, will allow the beneficiaries to meet the self-employed fees, the expenses of the alarm and security systems, the electricity and insurance bills, the rental of business or commercial vehicles or interest on loans, among others. This year new eligible concepts have been introduced, such as the self-employed quota or insurance premiums to facilitate the participation of potential beneficiaries in this own aid program, which will be managed through the town councils. Subsidies may reach 3,000 euros, compared to 2,000 euros last year.

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