The Popular Parliamentary Group has demanded that the Government urgently summon the Council for Fiscal and Financial Policy in order to adopt six critical measures so that the Autonomous Communities can more effectively combat the Coronavirus crisis.

With a Proposal not of Law signed by the spokeswoman Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo and the deputy spokesman of the GPP Mario Garcés, the Popular Group proposes as the first of the measures to be dealt with in the urgent call of the Fiscal and Financial Policy Council “the creation and distribution of a non-reimbursable fund additional to the resources coming from the Autonomous Financing System to combat the pandemic in all its aspects, both health and economic, as well as suspension of the liquidation of the year 2020 of the Autonomous Financing System ”.

As a second measure to overcome the coronavirus crisis, he proposed at said meeting “mechanisms to streamline the distribution at the regional level of resources from the European Stability Mechanism, the EU Solidarity Fund and additional financing from the European Investment Bank , among other items, while guaranteeing an increase in the allocation currently managed by each of the autonomies ”.

Third, the GPP calls for “the flexibility of budgetary stability rules to exclude from the computation of deficit and debt all the expenses associated with
the fight against COVID-19, authorizing, in addition, the indebtedness necessary to face said commitments ”.

As a fourth measure, it asks "to extend the tax measures adopted by the territorial administrations to the General State Administration, to improve liquidity for both citizens and companies and the self-employed."

Fifthly, the Popular Group proposes “to develop an effective coordination between the state and regional administration of financial, budgetary and tax policies that contribute to accelerate the EU 2030 Agenda and use the European Green Pact as an investment lever to economic growth and employment ”.

Lastly, it claims “to pay the pending amounts to the Communities both for the non-return of the VAT settlement of December 2017 and for the cancellation of the distribution of funds destined for active employment policies, unilaterally agreed by the Government and whose adoption weighs down the regional accounts ”. "The Government must guarantee", adds this sixth measure, "that it will not allocate resources that correspond to the Communities to cover expenses of the Central Administration".

In attention to the competences attributed in health matters, the GPP proclaims that the Autonomous Communities “form the first and main line of struggle against COVID-19, but this battle will be fruitless without the firm and determined support of the central government to facilitate resources indispensable to guarantee their overcoming ”.

In the explanatory statement, the Popular Group recalls that “the urgency and seriousness of the crisis requires the maximum effort and collaboration on the part of the Public Administrations, as well as having sufficient budgetary resources to be able to face the consequences, both sanitary as economic of the coronavirus ”.

In this regard, the Popular Group warns that "the advance of 2,800 million euros in payments on account of the Autonomous Communities, instead of returning the 2,500 million euros of VAT pending for the implementation of the Immediate Supply of Information in December 2017, will cause a serious liquidity problem in two years. ” "The foreseeable drop in tax revenue due to the economic crisis in 2020 will make the adjustment between real collection and payments on account very negative, and will force the Autonomous Communities to return even more than that € 2.8 billion," he warns. "That is not the right path, nor is there time to lose," concludes the Popular Group.

New request for appearance

In addition, in the economic section, the Popular Group has registered the appearance of the Secretary of State for Budgets to report to the corresponding Commission of the Congress of Deputies on the budget plans for Spain in 2020 and the quarterly monitoring of the State Budgets.

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