Alfons Garcia, 19 September 2021
The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig (Morella, 1959), has assured that his community “in no case would allow a favorable treatment to Catalonia, or to other communities”. In an interview in ‘Levante’ (a newspaper belonging to the Iberian Press Group, like EL PERIÓDICO), the socialist politician has thus referred to the possibility that the negotiating table between the central government and the Generalitat will end with an increase of the resources available to the Catalan administrations.
Puig, in any case, has supported the dialogue opened by the Executive of Pedro Sánchez, while demanding that it also take place between the Catalan parties. “The Catalan question is crucial at this time in the Spanish debate. And it must be approached from the utmost empathy, knowing the difficulty that exists. A debate and dialogue is required, but it is also very important that there be it within Catalonia. No One can think that 50%, no matter how legitimate a government may have, can speak without taking the rest into account, “he argued.
In this line, the Valencian leader has disfigured PP, Vox and Ciudadanos his criticism of the negotiations initiated by Sánchez. “There is an important part of the Spanish rights that imagine a country with defeats. And there cannot be a country in which one party feels defeated. The humiliations are the prologue to major confrontations,” he warned.
Likewise, he has shown his support for some kind of consultation to take place if the negotiating table is settled with an agreement. “In the end, within a dialogue process there must be a kind of endorsement by the Catalans and, if it affects all of Spain, by the Spaniards. But in any case it would be the end of a process and this will take time “, has qualified.
Puig, on the other hand, has been confident that the central government will present a proposal to reform regional financing before the end of the year: “I trust so, that at least the fundamental criteria expressed by the minister (of Finance , María Jesús Montero) and they go through the adjusted population to materialize. It is a debate that cannot be postponed, although I am aware of the difficulty. “
“In all the conversations that I have had, all members of the Government, and especially the President, are aware of the need to address this issue and at the same time are aware of the difficulty. It is obvious that a great country agreement is needed. It cannot be a matter of the Government. In addition there are also the debt and the taxation, it is not only the system “, he has abounded.
Along these lines, he has insisted on the “need to decentralize Spain and that there cannot be fiscal ‘dumping'” between communities. “The vacuuming effect exists and aspires more to those who are closer. A territorial rebalancing would be very good for Spain. The question is why everything has to be in Madrid,” he defended after denying that this is “madrileñophobia” and that have “the slightest interest” in being the antagonist of Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid. “Now, the truth is that we have an alternative project. I believe in a Spain of all, not in a concentrated, hierarchical and directed from one point,” he concluded.