Las Palmas De Gran Canaria (EFE) the new Fdcan call promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.
An administrative dispute that will be promoted because they consider that the Gran Canaria corporation has committed an illegality by preventing these two municipalities from accessing funds to which their neighbors are entitled.
The Cabildo de Gran Canaria approved this Monday the Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan) for the 2023-2027 annuities, with a total investment of 509 million euros, under an agreement between the corporation and 19 municipalities of the island, among those that do not appear Mogán and San Matero, with 50% financing from the Government of the Canary Islands and another 50% from the aforementioned local institutions.
These two municipalities, together with Firgas, when it was governed by CC, which does not happen now, since it is NC that directs this institution, participated in the previous Fdcan call promoted by the Gran Canaria Cabildo, in force between 2017 and 2021, through of the presentation of projects, and not based on the program agreed between the island corporation with the rest of the local corporations on the island, as no consensus was reached in this regard, Clavijo recalled.
Once these annual payments have been completed, Mogán and San Mateo – and not Firgas on this occasion – have been “excluded” from the new call approved by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, which is no longer allowed to access via projects, which, In the opinion of its councilors, it responds to “a political persecution” to which Antonio Morales submits them “for not allying against Fernando Clavijo when he was president of the Canary Islands.”
Onalia Bueno has stressed that this decision contravenes article 14 of the Spanish Constitution and 18.3 of the General Subsidies Law, so that, if the Cabildo does not “reflect and rectify”, they will not take long to go to court to request precautionary measures which, if approved, will mean the paralysis of this new chapter of the Fdcan in Gran Canaria for which they will not feel responsible, since they will act in defense of the rights of their neighbors.
Both Bueno and Ortega have assured that it is not the first time that the government group led by Antonio Morales excludes these two municipalities from access to investment, while they have criticized the different “measuring rod” that is applied to them compared to “the political will” shown by “NC from the Government of the Canary Islands” with municipalities on other islands, such as Alajeró, in La Gomera, which once participated in these funds via projects and has subsequently accessed them under the program promoted by the Cabildo of that island because “a temporary provision” has allowed it.
«When you want to find a solution for others, you look for it, Alajeró is an example. His program in the Cabildo is in force, he went to projects but now they incorporate him into programs and we have been left out”, Onalia Bueno asserted, who has rejected that the valid argument to justify this exclusion is that Mogán and San Mateo received more investment per inhabitant than others in the first call of the Fdcan in Gran Canaria.
In addition to recalling that the criteria for distributing the funds of the first call was the population and the territory, Bueno and Ortega have rejected that there is now a consensus for these two municipalities to appear in the second call approved this Monday.
“They are leaving us out without our consent, of course we want to participate in those funds,” the mayor of San Mateo added. EFE