The Government will finally use the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF) to guarantee the bonds that the Court of Accounts claims from former senior officials of the Generalitat, a possibility that this Tuesday the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jaume Giró, ruled out.
This was announced this Wednesday by Giró himself in the control session of the Government in the Parliament, the same day the deadline expires to pay the bonds imposed by the Court of Accounts.
On July 6, the Govern approved by decree the creation of a fund with an initial endowment of 10 million euros to help the 34 former high-ranking officials from whom the Court of Auditors claims bonds amounting to 5.4 million for having promoted the “procés” abroad with public money, but yesterday Giró acknowledged that they have not found any bank that guarantees the surety bonds and ruled out resorting to the ICF as a plan B, so as not to put its professionals at risk.
However, after meeting this morning with the Catalan president, Pere Aragonès, in the Parliament, the minister has announced a change in his decision: “I have received calls these hours of ICF people who have asked please that we try to use this setup additional as provided in the decree law. This is what we will do. “
Giró has stated that the decision not to guarantee through the ICF was taken “out of prudence“and to” protect “the workers of the institute, although he acknowledged this Wednesday that his words” were of some use. “
“They served so that I have received calls from people of the ICF who have asked me please not to stay for them, and that we try to use this additional provision as provided in the decree law,” he said in response to a question from JxCat MP Elsa Artadi.
And he thanked the ICF workers for their “generosity”, although he has asked to take the ad “with all the prudence that experience recommends.”
On Tuesday, the Government announced after its weekly meeting that I had not found any bank that endorsed the finances of the Court of Accounts.
The fund would work with a mechanism similar to that of a private insurance: a private entity would guarantee the finances with a counter endorsement from the Generalitat through the ICF.
This situation led the parties and entities to activate other ways to collect bail money, either through the Solidarity Fund or by asking for donations directly, as was the case with JxCat.