The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, said on Tuesday that the Government is continuing working on “a solution”, after not having obtained a bank guarantee, to cover the guarantee of 5.4 million of euros that the Court of Auditors claims 34 former officials of the regional Executive for foreign action carried out between 2011 and 2017.
This Wednesday the deadline to deposit the bond expires, after the court refused to extend it, so Aragonès has indicated that this is “the most immediate challenge” to address and that, from then on, “We will continue working so that this guarantee can be produced”.
At the moment and in the absence of endorsement, Most of the defendants will guarantee the bail with their personal assets, to which will be added the money collected in the ‘Solidarity Fund’, which is close to one million euros.
To cover the defendants, the Government approved a decree-law that entailed the creation of a fund -to which they have contributed 10 million euros- with the aim that a financial institution endorsed the bonds and the Generalitat made a counter guarantee through the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF).
However, the Minister of Economy of the Generalitat, Jaume Giró, confirmed this Tuesday that, as of today, the Government has not obtained the endorsement of any bank or credit cooperative and it has been ruled out to guarantee the guarantee through the ICF directly so as not to compromise the members of the entity.
In this sense, Aragonès has indicated that the decree-law that enables the fund is being analyzed by the Consell de Garanties Estatutàries. The President of the Generalitat foresees that the pronouncement of the body is “favorable” regarding the legality of the decree and that, “clarified these doubts”, the financial entities lend themselves to make the guarantee. “We are convinced that once the legality of the fund is out of doubt, we will be able to resolve it,” he said.