The PP president, Pablo Casado, has chaired a telematic meeting with the 117 mayors of municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants governed by the Popular Party. The general secretary, Teodoro García Egea, the deputy secretary for Organization, Ana Beltrán, and the deputy secretary for Territorial, Antonio González Terol, also participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, the mayors stressed the urgency of making the use of the surplus of the consistories belonging to the year 2019 more flexible, in order to dedicate it to face the consequences of COVID-19. Among the priorities would be aid to the self-employed, entrepreneurs and merchants, lower taxes, direct aid to citizens or greater coverage of social policies.
The mayors have transferred to the national president that the 300 million that the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, said would allow municipalities to spend on social policies, "are absolutely insufficient." In his opinion, much more money could be mobilized if the Government returned the 752 million euros that were owed to them from the unpaid VAT of the year 2017.
Likewise, the need to guarantee that European funds reach the town councils and to make the Public Sector Contracts Law more flexible to speed up the contracting processes has been addressed.
On the other hand, the municipalities, especially the coastal ones, the most touristic ones and those of the Canary and Balearic Islands, have stressed their concern about the crisis that the pandemic is going to cause in tourism and its impact on the local economy, whose income depends largely in this sector, given the lack of executive support measures.
Finally, they have analyzed the concern of the municipalities that do not have liquidity or that have adjustment plans (which prevent injecting money into the local economy), due to the debts that have been found after the departure of the PSOE. For this reason, they have asked for a local economic support fund that will allow them to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus.