Debate monográfico

Some positions that have been revealed this week in a monographic debate held at the Assembly of Extremadura, at the request of the Board, on regional financing, in order to agree on the common position that Extremadura will defend in this negotiation with the central government and the rest of autonomous communities.

This monographic debate started with the intervention of the Vice President and Minister of Finance and Public Administration of the Junta de Extremadura, Pilar Blanco-Morales, who set the position of the regional executive on regional financing, which in his opinion “can not be an excuse to maintain the performances differences of wealth “between the communities.

For the Regional Government of Extremadura, the regional funding must “promote convergence in the living standards of all Spaniards”, so the vice president claimed “maximum objectivity, rigor and transparency” when calculating “what it costs in each region of Spain to provide an equivalent level of services and public policies “.

The objective is “to end once and for all with the fallacious reproach that we Extremadura are over-financed, or that we parasitize other Spaniards,” declared Pilar Blanco-Morales.

For his part, the president of the Popular Parliamentary Group, José Antonio Monago, criticized the “immobilism” of the Junta de Extremadura on regional financing and warned that if “persists” in this attitude, it will be the PP that will promote from the opposition ” alliances “to put Extremadura” safe from ordinality “.

For Monago, Extremadura “can not continue waiting” for the Junta de Extremadura to take the “initiative” in this matter, and defended that the new financing system be governed by “technical, objective and neutral criteria”, leaving aside “the political change “, because in this way” autonomies will benefit to the detriment of others, making Spain a two-speed “.

On the part of the Parliamentary Group Podemos, its spokesman, Álvaro Jaén, said that the “top priority” of the new financing system should be “guarantee and protect all public services” and must also include dependency, all under a model based on the principles of “equality” and “solidarity”.

Thus, the parliamentary spokesperson for Citizens, María Victoria Domínguez, advocated reaching “consensus” without “facing territories”, in order to defend “common positions that benefit everyone” and achieve a model of “transparent and equitable” regional financing that guarantees “convergence” and access to public services “in equal conditions live where they live”.

Apart from the regional financing, during this week other important issues have also been addressed in the Assembly of Extremadura, such as the situation of terrestrial health transport after the change of the winning bidder, or rail transport in the region.


In this sense, also this week began the work of the non-permanent research commission constituted in the Assembly of Extremadura, at the request of the PSOE and that had the support of PP and Citizens, after the controversy generated by the public tender of health transport terrestrial and the transfer of the previous company to the new contractor, Ambulancias Tenorio.

In this session of the commission of inquiry, it was agreed the appearance of about fifty people on the terrestrial health transport contest, among which are the president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, and the former president in the legislature previous, José Antonio Monago, in addition to the Minister of Health, José María Vergeles, or that of the previous legislature, Luis Alfonso Hernández Carrón.

Among those appearing, are also the current manager of the SES, Ceciliano Franco, and his counterpart during the last term, Joaquín García Guerrero, as well as health inspectors, technicians; the former manager of the Extremeño Consortium of Sanitary Transport, Eulalia Fontán; the manager of Ambulancias Tenorio, Javier Sánchez Sierra; union delegates, or workers not surrogated after the last contest and dismissed.

Once the list of respondents has been drawn up, it is still pending to establish the calendar for the beginning of the statements in the commission of inquiry, which could be set next week, with the aim that the appearances can begin during this month of February.


On the other hand, this week also spoke in the parliament of railway transport in Extremadura, following a question from Podemos in the Committee on the Environment and Rural, Agrarian Policies and Territory on the state in which the contract is located. public service between the Junta de Extremadura and Renfe Viajeros.

Faced with this question, the General Director of Transport of the Junta de Extremadura, José González Rubio explained that this contract “is being negotiated” with Renfe, although he warned that the regional executive “will not sign any contract for now that involves paying a only euro for the circulation of vehicles regionally “, due to the service that is currently being provided.

In this negotiation, the Junta de Extremadura has transferred to Renfe that can not “pay the same” as other autonomous communities for “using an infrastructure” that in the community is “very bad”, so “different services can not have the same price “, explained González Rubio in the commission.

For the general director of Transport, this issue “is the whiting that bites the tail”, since Renfe does not fix the infrastructure, which “implies that we have fewer travelers, which in turn implies that we have to pay money for an OSP we have to declare if we do not want to lose rail transport, “he said.

Therefore, the Junta de Extremadura has proposed asking a moratorium of two years to the Ministry of Development so that once this period has elapsed, during which “it has to rehabilitate the railway infrastructure”, then it will analyze “the consequences that will have the renewal of track, on the passengers of the train, “he said.

During the week the visits of the students to the Assembly continued, to know their facilities and operation, with the assistance of the IES Vegas Bajas de Montijo groups, or the Santa Eulalia de Mérida School.