At least seven autonomous communities that have rebelled against the "discrimination" that means that the Basque Country and Navarra can directly manage the minimum vital income (IMV) -in exchange for the PNV's parliamentary support for the Government- and the rest do not. Socialist, PP and regionalist presidents - those of Andalusia, Aragon, Cantabria, Castilla y León, the Valencian Community and Galicia - yesterday demanded Pedro Sánchez manage the national basic income. Also Catalonia, according to its vice president.
Well, the Government has left open the possibility of undoing that exclusive privilege of the provincial communities. But not before 2021. This is clear from the decree-law that regulates the IMV, published this Monday in the BOE. The fourth additional provision of the formula, which deals with management formulas, stipulates: "The Government will study from 2021 the conclusion of agreements with autonomous communities that contemplate management formulas for the provision of the minimum vital income."
In other words, they will have to wait a minimum of seven months to receive this transfer . The legal text reveals that the Basque Country and Navarra could take five. This is specified in the following provision (the fifth additional): "Due to the specificity of the existence of provincial estates", the Basque Country and Navarre "will assume, with reference to their territorial scope, the functions and services" of the management of the minimum income, before October 31, 2020. But in the meantime, a "management commission" will be signed, as a bridge.
The Inclusion Minister, José Luis Escrivá, stressed that Navarra and the Basque Country will already be able to manage the IMV, but that for the rest of the autonomous regions "the possibility of a subsequent arrangement is opened", because at the moment "we have prioritized being the most effective possible "and" some autonomies have not proven to be "with similar benefits. In his opinion, the Basque Country and Navarra have been the most effective. This was expressed in an interview at Cope.
This has encouraged the president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who replied that "you have to be a little more cautious." And he has harshly criticized that only two autonomies can manage income. "This is not an economic decision, but a political one. And the political decisions that produce inequality, sooner or later will have to be amended," because they demonstrate "great irresponsibility," said the popular baron in an interview with Telecinco.
In his opinion, "the logical thing is that it should be managed by whoever had been managing it, the autonomous communities." Feijóo recalled that the Xunta has had social inclusion income since 1991, and that it was the second to implement it, after Castilla y León. The president of this region, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, demands "equality and fair treatment" for everyone. And it qualifies as "essential" that regional governments participate in the management of this subsidy, which in Castilla y León exists as guaranteed income for citizenship.
Another PP president, Juanma Moreno (Andalusia), has even warned that the Constitutional Court assists the autonomies. The central government will have to "rectify" and cede management to the regions. And he has said that he will wait for the "reaction" of the Government because it has been transferred to them that he was going to reconsider his decision and that he was willing to sign "agreements" with the autonomous communities for the management of this aid. "We are going to trust and give the government an opportunity to rectify and that things can be done as they should have been done from the beginning," added Moreno, who has called for "dialogue" and joint planning with the communities.
While the rebellion of the autonomies is resolved, to cover the measure during 2020, extraordinary credit is granted to the Ministry of Inclusion for an amount of 500 million euros.
The PP will vote in favor
Jaime de Olano, deputy secretary of PP participation, assured this Monday in TVE breakfasts that his party will vote in favor of the validation of the decree-law that regulates the minimum vital income. "We are in favor if it is linked to the job search. We will vote yes, but we demand that it be managed in the best possible way and the best way is for the communities to do it." "The state of alarm is taken advantage of to negotiate things that have nothing to do with public health, such as agreeing with Bildu on the repeal of the labor reform that has allowed generating employment," De Olano said. "The minimum income is one of the things that serve Sánchez to negotiate with some communities. We are in favor of a minimum income and that the communities manage it, but we are not in favor of the existence of first-class Spaniards and second-class Spaniards ", he finished off.
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