The 5 pitfalls that threaten the Govern-CUP pact for budgets

  • The anti-capitalists will make their decision in an assembly next week while the Executive tempts them with an increase of 410 million in housing policies

The negotiation of Generalitat budgets between Govern and the CUP it remains stranded within 48 hours for the approval of the accounts in the Executive Council. The Republican presidency continues in its line of achieving by the facts what it longed for before the inauguration: a pact that would link the placet to Pere Aragonès with the endorsement of the budgets.

For this reason, and knowing that the more the issues to be discussed are expanded, the easier it is for discrepancies with the CUP to appear, the Government sticks its negotiation to what is strictly stipulated in the agreement between ERC and the anti-capitalists last spring. These, for their part, consider that the accounts do not reflect the investiture agreement and spoil the course Esquerra has taken from Palau.

For this reason, and knowing that the more the issues to be discussed are expanded, the easier it is for discrepancies with the CUP to appear, the Government sticks its negotiation to what is strictly stipulated in the agreement between ERC and the anti-capitalists of last spring. These, for their part, consider that the accounts do not reflect the investiture agreement and spoil the course Esquerra has taken from Palau.

In fact, the CUP has announced this Sunday that it will summon its membership next weekend to decide on its support for the budgets. The party will hold open parliamentary assemblies on November 12, 13 and 14 in which the position of training regarding public accounts will be addressed. The intention is to ask its bases whether or not they present an amendment to the entirety and if they continue negotiating with the Government or if they consider the negotiation closed.

These assemblies will serve, say the anti-capitalists, to “debate and analyze the Government budget bill, its processing and the political action carried out by the executive since the beginning of the legislature.”

“Closer to no than yes”

At the moment, they warn, the positions are far apart. The CUP spokesperson in the Parliament, Eulàlia Reguant, affirmed on Saturday that, although they have the will to agree on the accounts, right now they are “Closer to no than yes”.

To try to soften that position with social policies, the Government has arranged that the budgets include a significant increase in investment in housing policies. As EL PERIÓDICO has learned, they would be invested 749 million euros in this area, 410 million more than in the previous accounts. In addition, priority will be given to the purchase of housing by trial and error, the construction of housing for social rental and situations of difficulty -to access or loss of housing- derived from the context of the pandemic.

Sources from ERC and the CUP agree that the obstacles are divided into two large groups: the purely economic, with discrepancies on the amount of some items, and the “intangible”, referring to the complaints of the anti-capitalists about the slow progress on some issues, such as the independence roadmap or the police model.

These are the five friction points that complicate the deal.

Public services and social policies

The CUP demands the strengthening of the public system after a decade marked by cuts and by the covid-19 pandemic. In health matters, the reinforcement of the workforce is still parked, but it is expected that 25% of the healthcare budget will be allocated to primary care, as agreed in the investiture pact. The Government also opens to study the internalization of 061 and medical transport, as requested by the ‘cuperos’. Another star claim is the 1,000 million euros for housing policies, of which the Executive only plans to have just over 600 million euros. The fate of this departure worries the CUP, which is pressing for them to dedicate themselves to expand the public housing stock which is currently 2%, but they doubt that it will end up being that way. Refering to public energy, it is proposed that it remain pending study for its creation. 70 million euros are also reserved for the free P2 and 60 million euros for support policies for young people ex-wards by the Generalitat.

The CUP wants to go beyond the investiture agreement and demands that macro-projects such as the Hard Rock or the bid for the Winter Olympics –For which Economía foresees 800,000 euros dedicated to holding a consultation in the territory about its suitability- after the tensions exhibited during the debate on the extension of the Barcelona-El Prat Airport. The Government defends these initiatives for the creation of numerous jobs and their millionaire investment, while the ‘cupaires’ demand a reindustrialization plan towards an energy transition model so that these types of attractions are not promoted.

The Government closes the door to raise taxes, as is reflected in the draft of the accompanying law, despite the insistence of the CUP. The document reflects that there will be no changes in personal income tax or equity. In inheritance, it opens the door to extend the payment term to two years in some cases. It is expected to move forward on the path for the Institut Català de Finances (ICF) to become a public bank, something that the CUP has been demanding for years and that Esquerra shares. Giró tried to convince, without success, the anti-capitalists of the benefit of lowering taxes on families with less income – that is, 72% of those who declare less than 30,000 euros per year – but they, on the other hand, continue to demand the creation of a new section of personal income tax – from 60,000 euros per year and up to 90,000 of + 0.5% – and lower the limit for people exempt from paying wealth tax, from 500,000 to 300,000 euros, as well as tax “much more” to assets of more than 10 million euros of assets.

The withdrawal of the private accusations against pro-independence protesters – in cases where injuries are not proven – continues to cloud relations, further heated by the fact that the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) stopped the Generalitat’s claim to update the protocol of action of the administrations before vulnerable families affected by evictions. All of this, as well as the use of foam bullets, will be discussed in the recently constituted commission on the police model chaired precisely by the CUP and in which the proposal to create an external, public and independent office will be addressed to oversee the malpractice that some agents may have during their performance, therefore that the Government is committed to removing this debate from the budget negotiation.

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Reference-www.elperiodico.com

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