Ayuso rejects the practice of “bending his arm” to the Prime Minister

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San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja) / Madrid, Jul 31 (EFE) .- The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has opined this Friday that if each of the autonomous presidents seeks their requests “based on bend the arm of the Prime Minister “this would end” quite badly “.

After the meeting of the Conference of Presidents that was held in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), Díaz Ayuso expressed his disagreement with the “deficit a la carte” that “today has been seen in the case of the Basque Country, that being partners of the Government of Pedro Sánchez they tension a Conference of Presidents to obtain a series of perks “, creating” enormous inequalities between autonomous communities “.

The head of the Madrid Executive has maintained that it is “good” that all the regional leaders meet to design a strategy against the Covid-19 pandemic, but “whether or not it is based on benefits, to dimes and diretes, to tug of war “seems to him” fairly unfair to the rest of the presidents “.

“If we each seek petitions for our autonomous communities by folding the arm of the Prime Minister in front of the rest of the autonomous presidents, I think this would end badly,” Díaz Ayuso said.

However, “I am glad that we are here and the more the merrier” because the important thing is that Conferences of Presidents continue to be held, he said.

He regretted that the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Quim Torra, has not attended the meeting, although he has shown his respect for this decision.

The acting lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has asked, in his speech at the Conference of Presidents, respect for the framework of bilateral relations between the central and Basque governments and thanked the president, Pedro Sánchez, for the deficit agreement, which has enabled its presence in La Rioja.

“Not all of us are going to be able to get into debt in the same way, not all of us are going to be able to have the same deficit, although some communities are always more loyal to Spain and to the government,” Díaz Ayuso stressed.

For the Madrid president, the “deficit a la carte” of the Basque Country creates “serious damage” because it means “more independence for the Basque Country” and “less autonomy for Madrid” because “the tax system is always questioned “of the Community of Madrid, which understands that its assigned taxes must be downward.

“Certain communities are becoming more independent like the Basque Country to manage everything,” generating “a profound inequality with the rest,” while the Community of Madrid will have no margin to decide what to do with their assigned taxes, Díaz explained. Ayuso.

The president has described this policy as “erroneous” and has appealed to the principle of equality between the different autonomous communities.

In addition, he thanked the presence of King Felipe VI at the Conference of Presidents, a sign of his “involvement”, he said, in the problems of the autonomous communities and their “dedication to the Spanish people”.

(c) EFE Agency

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