The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has ratified that the Galician budgets for next 2022 will be accompanied by a fiscal reduction of regional taxes with which he hopes to reach – he has specified – “more than 90%” of Galicians . However, the focus will be “with a specific and more intense character” on large families, those under 35 years of age and people with disabilities.
In an interview with Europa Press , the head of the Xunta has declared that there will be new tax benefits in regional taxes (including Heritage and Patrimonial Transmissions and Documented Legal Acts ) and has claimed the bet, in a framework conditioned by the pandemic, for making “an expansive spending policy.”
“And that is letting people spend a little more and, for that, we need them to have to contribute or pay a little less tax. We think that if we do it in an orderly manner, there will not be a substantial drop in tax collection and it will Reactivate consumption. What we are going to stop entering through transmissions, documented legal acts and assets, I think we can recover through VAT, “he said.
At the same time, he has claimed that in the last ten years the Galician Executive has lowered taxes “worth 1,100 million euros.”
“We have put that amount in the pockets of Galicians so that they can consume or get better at the end of the month. And now, to reactivate consumption , we understand that we are in a position to make some more downward adjustment in regional taxes”, the Galician president has apostilled.
Barriers and Alcoa
Without abandoning the economic sphere, out of the 23.6 million that the Government agreed to release Barreras to settle debts with the auxiliary industry, he has argued that “this item is not for the future” of the Vigo shipyard but “for the past.”
In his opinion, “the first thing” that Barreras needs is “a governance that wants to continue operating the shipyard” and also considers that, if it presents “a feasibility project, the State Society for Industrial Participations (SEPI) should enter “. “And the Xunta will be, of course, as it has always been,” he guaranteed.
And as for the future of Alcoa in Cervo, he has criticized the company’s “opaque” conduct, but has also argued that the key to the future of the factory is that in Spain there is “a competitive electricity price” for these types of companies. .
” Alcoa has to clarify itself and the Government has to establish an energy framework , the rest is to continue with this dizzying situation in which thousands of families live in the Mariña of Lugo. They do not deserve this lack of rigor on the part of Alcoa and the Central government “, has warned.
Likewise, in view of the latest economic data regarding the evolution of unemployment in the economy and in Spain, it has recognized the important role that European aid and the debt issued by the European Central Bank play for economic recovery .
“What would have happened if the ECB did not issue debt and Spain had to go to the markets to place the debt needs to pay pensions, ERTE and the increase in spending on health or education? I prefer not to think about it. (…) In the future? The ECB has told us to keep the bills, “he pointed out, to conclude that the Spanish will come out of the pandemic” heavily in debt “and that debt” must be paid. ”
Added to the “uncertainties” of the pandemic for the coming months, which concern the president, is the situation of Primary Care, which the councilor for Health, Julio García Comesaña, defined as “worrisome” in his appearance in the Parliament of this week.
Regarding whether there was no lack of foresight in Galicia, Feijóo replied that what happened is that “the system failed.” “All the health services we had to choose at the time when we could not contest all the vacancies. What happened is that a MIR, if we did not opt for mandatory retirement at a certain age, did not have a place in the system and we had to to choose “, has related, before a specially adjusted model during the mandate of Mariano Rajoy.
In any case, he now maintains that “the problem will only be solved with more doctors” – he specifically points to the specialties of family medicine and pediatrics – and sees a need for an immediate extraordinary MIR call in autumn.
“There are 6,000 people who presented themselves to the MIR and did not have a place in the last call. Surely half or 30% may not have it for two or three questions in the test. We should make an extraordinary call for immediate MIR . If it is possible this fall, not leave it for the winter, “he stressed.
Reform of the Statute in Galicia?
And in the political sphere, after his repeated complaints about the “privileged relationship” of communities such as Catalonia or Euskadi with the Executive led by Pedro Sánchez and asked whether a reform of the Galician Statute that reinforces self-government would improve his negotiating position, Feijóo has replied which does not link this situation with the autonomous statutory charter.
“The Statute of Gernika has not undergone any reform,” he exemplified, before clarifying that, in any case, “he is not” opposed to “looking at what things can be reformed or improved” in the Galician statutory charter, although he doubts that There is a favorable framework for the agreement with the BNG – which has been demanding a new statutory framework for years – and the PSdeG – although its leader, Gonzalo Caballero, has recently placed a statutory reform among his political priorities.
“I am not opposed to looking at what things we can reform and improve in the Statute, of course,” he said, but he assured that he “does not know” what Caballero’s proposal is, while he has rejected that of the BNG, “a Statute of nation “. “Neither ERC nor Bildu are going to guide the reform of the Galician Statute,” he warned, convinced that “the majority of Galicians” do not share that approach.
Thus, the BNG has disfigured its “obsession with copying the Catalan and Basque independence model” while “degrading the Galician model”, despite the fact that it is “much better”. “Why don’t the Galician nationalists love Galicia a little more and feel a little more proud of what we are capable of doing?” that works in Galicia in areas such as linguistics or economics.
“I believe that we are a community that does not need to copy any model”, he has sentenced, convinced that, at most, if Galicia may need something it is “to perfect its own.”
Reluctant to talk about his future
During the interview, asked about the situation of the PSdeG and if he would feel more comfortable with another leader at the head of the formation, such as the president of the Provincial Council of A Coruña and mayor of As Pontes, Valentín González Formoso, he has refused to make “organic assessments “but he does consider that the PSdeG” has a problem of lack of personality. ” “The PSdeG is no longer believed to be an alternative to the PP, but only an accompanying partner of the BNG,” he said, reluctant to address his own future.
Thus, he ties his commitment with the PPdeG to work to improve positions in the next municipal elections and help his party to reach La Moncloa in the general elections. But it is not tied to opting for a fifth absolute majority autonomic in 2024. “If a year ago I was in my fourth exam, how am I going to be thinking about taking the fifth? If I do not even know the agenda, it does not make sense or importance “, has settled.