Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Barcelona, ​​September 20 (EFE).- The government received today Tuesday with discomfort some statements by the president of the Andalusian government, Juanma Moreno, in which he encouraged Catalan businessmen to locate their headquarters in Andalusia after the approved tax reduction. By its regional executive, which abolished wealth tax.

“From here I tell the Catalan businessmen that their land is here. In Catalonia, there are inheritance and donation taxes; Not here. In Catalonia, there is a wealth tax; Not here. And besides, we’re never going to be free here,” Moreno said.

Moreno’s words were analyzed at the weekly meeting of the government, an atypical session, led by the vice president, Jordi Puignero, since the Catalan president, Pere Aragones, is still in New York, where a climate summit is being held.

At the end of the meeting, at a press conference, the government’s spokeswoman, Patricia Plaza, refused to enter into a “popular auction” for tax cuts and asked the Andalusian president to “leave Catalonia in peace”.

Plaza assured that Moreno “would do well to conduct his policies with Andalusian citizens at the center” instead of talking about Catalonia as he “voxed” during the last election campaign in Andalusia.

Leave the Catalans alone. In any case, it will be Catalonia that takes into account the needs of its citizens and determines what taxes are needed in order to ensure the best public services”, he stressed.

Plaza also responded to the Minister of Inclusion and Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, who advocated greater fiscal centralization of the state to avoid the “nonsense” of tax competition among communities.

Escrivá proposed -on an “individual” basis, as he specified- the application of an “Australian model” unknown to most until now, which first determines the amount of expenditure per inhabitant necessary to provide services, so that later state transfers. Resources associated with regions.

In response, the Catalan government spokesman warned that “centralization is never the best option”, so the Generalitat wants to “manage one hundred percent” of taxes paid by Catalans.

Even ordinary people, whose votes could be essential for approving the Generalitat’s next budget, support the abolition of the wealth tax: David Seid, the spokesman for en comme pode in parliament, says not to follow its “model”. President Isabel Díaz Ayuso, from Madrid, so that Catalonia does not have to become “the Andorra of the South or the beaches of Madrid”.

For his part, the president of Foment del Treball, Josep Sánchez Llibre, criticized the fact that the Andalusian government called for Catalan companies to “relocate”, although he did not subscribe to Escrivá’s recent response.

“There should be no application to transfer companies from any autonomous community to another region”, highlighted the leader of the main Catalan employers’ association.

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On the other hand, a week before the start of the general policy debate in Parliament, ERC and JxCat have not yet reached an agreement that would allow them to present a unified position to that parliamentary meeting, eliminating the possibility of a break.

However, Plaza assured that the government is the last place where the coalition’s “differences between the two parties will have an impact”, as ministers “make an effort to ensure the day-to-day work of their departments” is separate from the dynamics party.

He did not deny “obvious, known discrepancies” between the two pro-independence partners, but commented that the “immediate priority” of all ministers at this time was the “preparation and approval” of the 2023 Catalan budget.

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