EU funds: a state policy in the mud

Three black shadows hover over the management of the EU billionaire tipper (140,000 million euros) earmarked for economic recovery: clientelism, opacity and waste. All three appear more or less explicitly in the PP’s political and judicial offensive against the distribution of funds by the PSOE-UP coalition government.

All levels of institutional power in the party led by Pablo Casado, from the municipal level to the “popular” group in the European Parliament, have mobilized against a state policy that does not have the complicity of the main opposition party. That is an objective and verifiable fact. We must verify it before looking for culprits for a national project to enter the quagmire of partisanship.

The trigger has been the direct concession of the Ministry of Labor of certain projects to reactivate employment in the Basque Country, Navarra, the Valencian Community, and Extremadura. in all of them the PSOE governs alone or in coalition.

Three black shadows hover over fund management: clientelism, opacity and waste

The decree (October 19, 2021) has been challenged or threatens to be, in contentious-administrative proceedings, by CCAA and municipalities governed by the PP. They denounce that the General Budgetary Law (art. 86) has been breached, which refers to a sectoral conference (Ministry of Labour) the direct granting of these aids with “objective criteria”.

That has been the media trigger for the new scuffle over state policy between the one who governs and the one who aspires to govern. But the matter was already included in the battery of questions to the European Commission that several MEPs from the PP presented more than fifteen days ago. It alludes to the poor distribution of the funds and a presumed deviation from the objectives indicated in the Recovery Plan is denounced. In addition, the hierarchs of Brussels are asked for truthful information on the percentage of funds allocated directly compared to those allocated concurrently.

The PP gives quarters to the town crier on a European scale. And so generates damage to the image of Spain. It would have been unnecessary with a minimum of institutional dialogue and between Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Casado. That is the reason why a State policy has entered the quagmire. Not the fact that in its day the Council of Ministers, not an independent commission, assumed the capacity to decide on allocation Of funds.

Unfortunately, national politics has long lacked this component in the management of the general interest. our leaders they prefer partisan confrontation. As my friend Manuel Cruz, former president of the Senate, says, “democracy for some feeds over the stress than the agreement”. They disdain the agreement because there is nothing to win. And they understand that it is not positive that everyone wins because, according to them, “there always has to be someone who is defeated”.

No one should tear their hair out for the PP’s oversight eagerness. There will never be enough opposition to power

And since the dialogue between Casado and Sánchez is broken, no one should tear their clothes for the oversight of a PP who thinks he has a tailwind to power. The citizen of the street does not have plenty of opposition objecting to power.

If the Government is convinced that its administration is an example of transparency and neutrality, you have nothing to fear from this offensive. Upside down. Faced with a party allergic to joint rowing on issues of State and policies of general interest, it is clear that the PP will pay at the polls his reckless suspicions about the opaque and patronage use of funds destined to update our economy in a digital, green and inclusive key.

But if the PP’s suspicions prove well founded, the PSOE will also pay a price for its deliberate and conscious cornering of the main opposition party in state policies.

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