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This was explained at the press conference after the plenary session of the Consell the vice president and spokesperson, Monica Oltra, who indicated that the Generalitat is committed to provide the municipalities with sufficient financial resources to respond to “the need to promote the improvement of the provision of public services, by strengthening the municipal administration, taking into account the fundamental role it plays in the provision of essential public services for citizens “.

For this reason, the Consell considers essential the implementation, by the Generalitat, of the Plan of the Financing Fund of the Local Entities.

Promote the economic balance The Financing Fund for the local entities of the Comunitat will promote the economic balance of the local entities of the Valencian Community and the internal realization of the principle of solidarity, in order to contribute to the different nuclei and entities of the population they have the adequate endowment of the necessary services, infrastructures and basic equipments of collective character and of local competition.

Likewise, the Fund is based on the principles of “objectivity, transparency, publicity and equity”, constituting “a factor of articulation, balance and territorial cohesion”. The recipients of the financing funds will be the local entities that make up the Comunitat Valenciana.

The amount is constituted by the sum of amounts budgeted for each of the sections of the Plan. Likewise, the Financing Fund is structured in three parts: the Municipal Unconditional Cooperation Fund, the participation lines in the European Funds and the lines of Financing for municipal projects.


For an adequate financing of the local entities, the role played by the Provincial Councils is essential. Therefore, it is necessary that, by the Provincial Councils of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia and by the Generalitat, the Unconditional Municipal Cooperation Fund be provided with sufficient economic appropriation.

The participation of the Provincial Councils will be carried out through their agreement of voluntary adhesion to this Fund, and those that adhere may allocate their budgetary allocation to the municipalities and smaller local entities of their province, contributing in the year 2017 the same amount as the Generalitat and under the same regime of unconditional transfers or adopting its own legal regime and rules of distribution according to the principles of objectivity and equity.

The purpose of the Unconditional Municipal Cooperation Fund is to enhance the local autonomy of the municipalities and of the smaller local entities of the Comunitat Valenciana based on the principle of subsidiarity, financed globally by the activity of these local entities. It has unconditional nature and no finalist.

In this way, municipalities and smaller local entities may allocate the resources they receive to the general development of their competences, without being linked to a specific objective or purpose.

The contributions of the Fund have the character of transfers from the Generalitat to the municipalities and smaller local entities, in order to globally finance the activities and services that correspond to them by virtue of the competences they have assumed under current legislation. Furthermore, in no case do these transfers have the nature of a subsidy.



The second part of the financing fund destined to the local entities of the Valencian Community is delimited by the lines of participation in the European Regional Development Fund through the organization of programs and lines of community financing.

This line of participation becomes an instrument of sectoral policy of the Generalitat to finance actions in matters of conservation and environmental protection carried out by the municipalities of the Valencian Community with a population of less than 20,000 inhabitants.

In this sense, actions consistent with investments for the preservation and protection of the environment and promotion of the efficiency of resources (such as actions in the sectors of water, waste, natural heritage and biodiversity) can be financed.

For their part, they constitute the third part of the Financing Fund destined to the local entities of the Valencian Community, and will be financed by the Valencian Institute of Finances and managed by the same.

Its purpose is to enable the local entities of the Region to carry out investment projects, which are developed in the sectoral areas that are set as priorities by the Generalitat.

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The president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Ernest Benach 

The president of the Parliament of Catalonia, <strong>Ernest Benach</strong>&nbsp;

delivered today to the president of the Congress the text of the Statute of Catalonia, approved last 30th by the Catalan parliament.

The term “nation”, the financing model and several aspects related to the powers of the Generalitat, such as its “shielding” against possible state aggressions, will be the main obstacles for the Cortes to approve the statute of Catalonia presented today in the Congress .

Benach called for dialogue and agreement in the processing of the Statute for the “field of play is the Constitution”, and qualified that the text “does not want to break anything and is not a declaration of independence.”

The debate on the reform of the Catalan Statute has been marked from the beginning by the commitment adopted in November 2003 by the President of the Government – then a candidate to be – to respect the text of the Statute as agreed in the Parliament of Catalonia. Zapatero added two conditions to this commitment: that the text should be covered by a broad consensus and that it stick to the margins of the Constitution.


If the first seems to be fulfilled – the text has been approved with 120 votes in favor and 15 against – the second will be the touchstone of its parliamentary procedure.

The same day of its approval by the Parliament of Catalonia, the vice president Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega recalled those two conditions and said that the support to the proposal of the Catalan Parliament does not mean that the text can not be touched up if there are aspects that can be considered unconstitutional

The own Pasqual Maragall , although convinced that the project will be approved in the Cortes, admitted then that “it will be necessary to see in what conditions and with what sacrifices, that we will try that they are the minimum ones”.

Once rejected the rejection of the PP , the question is focused on knowing the position of the socialist parliamentary group since several prominent leaders of that party have shown their objections in several aspects.

So did the president of the party and the Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Chaves , by stating that he does not agree with the project and ensuring that the Congress is the “maximum guarantee that all the statutes will be constitutional in the line of guaranteeing chesion “

Alfonso Guerra , president of the Constitutional Commission of Congress -which should dictate the project-, has predicted that the negotiation will be “complicated long”, because “there are many articles that pose difficulties of constitutional reserve” and that Congress will have to “observe and, probably, modify. “

For War, the aspects that can provoke a greater debate are the definition of Catalonia as ation, the financing “that is removed from the current legislation” and three aspects of the definition of competitions: the use of article 150.2 of the Constitution, the proposals of mdification of organic laws and the “shielding” of competencies.

Although Maragall said he is convinced that this definition will be accepted in the final text, such as José Antonio Alonso or José Bono, reminded that the Constitution reserves the term “nation” for Spain.

The president of Extremadura, Juan Carlos Roríguez Ibarra , openly rejects it and believes that Zapatero will “never” accept it and describes the reform of the Statute as “offensive” for the interests and the ignorance of Extrmadura and has requested that the Government and the Courts of Law ” they abide by the conditions that enabled and allowed Extremadura to become an Autonomous Community, “and that” nobody can change unilaterally.

Another minister, Juan Fernando López Aguilar , believes that this is a “sensitive” issue, but that “it should not pre-plan as long as it does not harm Spanish sovereignty, which resides in the Cortes Generales, nor the equality of fundamental rights.”

Also the financing model that includes the Statute aroused distrust from its first versions. Fernández de la Vea herself acknowledged that the initial proposal of the tripartite was not in line with the government’s intention.

Subsequently, both she and the economic vice president, Pedro Solbes , have insisted again and again that the modifications of regional financing should not be addressed bilaterally but multilaterally between the State and all the CCAA. These will be some of the main aspects, although not all, which will be addressed in November in a parliamentary procedure that will last for months.

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Pleno de la Diputación de Cáceres

Plenary session of the Diputación de Cáceres Diputación de Cáceres

It is an agreement that, as explained by the spokesman of the government team, Fernando García Nicolás, in a press conference prior to the plenary session,

It is “very important” to be able to claim “a worthy and quality train” for Extremadura.

“The agreement is very important and we must recognize that all the political parties and all the social agents have risen to the occasion due to the need of our region to improve the railway infrastructures”, pointed out García Nicolás, at the same time He added that this union will make them have “more pressure” on the central government so that “there really is a real commitment for Extremadura to have

a dignified and modern train as other regions also have it “.

For his part, the spokesman of the PP in the Diputación de Cáceres, Alfredo Aguilera, told the media that his party adheres to the railway agreement “for the dignity of Extremadura and for improving our infrastructure.” However, he also noted that “we should do a mea culpa for having looked for many years to another side,” he says, now “it seems that this is the only solution to the problems that exist in Extremadura.”

It fits

remember that the Committee for Monitoring the Pact for the Railroad agreed on the convenience of the integration of the Diputación de Cáceres into the great regional pact with which it is intended to provide the region with worthy railway infrastructures.

The Assembly of Extremadura has already unanimously approved of the political groups (PSOE, PP, Podemos, and Ciudadanos), an initiative with which, as stated in the text, “demand, once and for all, a railway worthy for Extremadura through the Political Pact for the Extremeño Railroad, and in which the Extremadura Regional Government commits, over the next four years, to provide the necessary economic resources to address a new agreement with the state bodies responsible for railway matters “


On the other hand, the Plenum of the provincial institution has approved, also with the favorable vote of the three political groups, the constitution of a Financial Fund of Reimbursable Advances to Local Entities of the province of Cáceres for an amount of 8,000,000 euros. This fund is carried out with the Treasury Remainder for General Expenses from the liquidation of the 2016 financial year and which totals 66,259,765 euros.

With this Financial Fund, which was launched in 2016 and was “very well received by the mayors” of the municipalities of the province “as explained by García Nicolás, the provincial institution makes available to the local entities of the province of Cáceres this amount without interest costs, intended for four lines of action that are refundable advances for the remediation of the Treasury, final judgments of the Courts of Justice pending payment, and penalties

firm that are imposed on corporations.

They can also be used for financing investments, as well as refinancing: long-term credit operations, debts with the Social Security and / or Treasury Administration, refinancing of debts with the regional and / or state administration, and to assist transitory needs of Treasury.

“Last year was spent one hundred percent and we understand that this year will be like that,” said the spokesman of the government team.

Another issue that has been taken to plenary has been the approval of a budget modification file to finance the expenses related to the participation fee of the Foundation Democracy and Local Government for 2017 for the amount of 10,000 euros.

It should be remembered that this foundation, which was created in 2002, is a non-profit organization, whose objective is to contribute and support all kinds of actions and initiatives for knowledge, study, dissemination and advice in subject of local regime.


Likewise, it has also been approved, with the favorable votes of the Socialist and Popular Groups and the abstention of Citizens (C * s), a budget modification file for the granting of nominative grants to the Asociación de Alcohólicos Nominativos Extremeños for the realization of infrastructure works at its headquarters for an amount of 15,000 euros; and the nominative grant to the TAGUS Local Action Group to finance the expenses of the ‘School of Shepherds 2017’ project for an amount of 15,000 euros.

Also, the nominative grant to the Association of Solidarity Firefighters of Cáceres, for the organization of a March of 100 kilometers in favor of the patients affected by cystic fibrosis, amounting to 6,000 euros and a nominative grant to the Sports Association of Firefighters of Cáceres for the participation in the Spanish Football 7 Championship for firemen for the amount of 4,000 euros.

Finally and unanimously approved the extension of the delegation agreement between the Assembly of Extremadura and the Provincial Council for the Collection of Economic Rights of the Treasury of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura.


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