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Catalonia will not have an economic agreement

Mairenis Gomez

June 17, 2024 | 8:00 pm

The Socialist Party has announced its intention to increase the funds allocated to the Generalitat of Catalonia

The Socialist Party has expressed its commitment to increasing the funds allocated to the Generalitat of Catalonia, arguing that this autonomous community assumes more powers than other regions of Spain. This position has been reaffirmed after the President of the Government and general secretary of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez recently stated that he sees unique financing for Catalonia as feasible.

The PSOE rejects a financing model similar to the Basque concert

The PSOE, however, has made it clear that it does not advocate a financing model for Catalonia similar to the economic agreement enjoyed by Euskadi and Navarra, which allows them to collect and manage all of their taxes. Instead, the party proposes increasing the funds allocated to the Generalitat to compensate for the additional powers that this community manages. The PSOE spokesperson, Esther Peña, has stressed that the Socialist Party does not support the concert proposed by the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

Furthermore, in a press conference at the party's national headquarters on Ferraz Street in Madrid, Peña recalled statements from 2016 in which, according to the PSOE, Feijóo was in favor of the concert model for Catalonia. "The Socialist Party is committed to the development and fulfillment of the agreements reached and to a more fair and supportive reform of regional financing for all territories," said Peña.

The political context and the statements of Pedro Sánchez

The discussion on regional financing and the concert model for Catalonia has gained relevance after Pedro Sánchez's statements over the weekend, where he stated that unique financing for Catalonia is "feasible." However, this statement does not translate into support for the Basque concert model for Catalonia.

The Socialist Party even focuses on developing a regional financing system that is more equitable and supportive, ensuring that the autonomous communities with greater powers, such as Catalonia, receive adequate financing to manage their responsibilities. This approach seeks to guarantee financial justice and cohesion between the different regions of Spain, promoting balanced and sustainable development.

The Socialist Party rejects a financing model for Catalonia similar to the agreement that Euskadi and Navarra have

Reactions and positions within the PSOE and the PP

The position of the Socialist Party has generated various reactions within the political landscape. While some sectors of the PSOE support the idea of ​​​​increasing financing for Catalonia, others consider that there should be a broader debate on the reform of the regional financing system. On the other hand, the Popular Party has been critical of the PSOE proposals, defending that any modification in regional financing must be consensual and not benefit a single community to the detriment of the others.

The debate on regional financing and the concert model for Catalonia will continue to be a central issue in Spanish politics. The search for a balance between financial justice and territorial solidarity will be key to advancing a reform that satisfies the needs of all autonomous communities and contributes to the harmonious development of the entire country.

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