Barcelona, September 20 (EFE) .- The Government received this Tuesday with discomfort some statements by the President of the Andalusian Government, Juanma Moreno, in which he encouraged Catalan businessmen to set up their headquarters in Andalusia, after the reduction of tax approved by its regional executive, which abolished wealth tax.
“From here, I tell Catalan businessmen that their land is here. In Catalonia, there are inheritance and gift taxes; Not here. In Catalonia, there is a wealth tax; Not here. And besides, we will never become independent here,” Moreno said.
Moreno’s remarks were analyzed during the weekly government meeting, an atypical session, chaired by the vice-president, Jordi Puigneró, since the Catalan president, Pere Aragonès, is still in New York, where a summit is being held on the climate.
At the end of the meeting, during a press conference, the government spokeswoman, Patrícia Plaja, refused to participate in a “populist auction” for tax cuts and asked the Andalusian president to ” leave Catalonia in peace”.
Plaja assured that Moreno “would do well to orient his policy by putting Andalusian citizens at the center”, instead of talking about Catalonia as “Vox did” during the last electoral campaign in Andalusia.
“Leave the Catalans in peace. In any case, it will be Catalonia that decides on the taxes it needs, always taking into account the needs of its citizens and with the aim of guaranteeing the best public services,” he stressed.
Plaja also responded to the Minister of Inclusion and Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, who spoke out in favor of greater state tax centralization to avoid the “nonsense” of tax competition between communities.
Escrivá proposed – on a “personal” basis, as he specified – the application of an “Australian model” hitherto unknown to most, which first determines the volume of per capita expenditure necessary to provide the services, so that the State then transfers the corresponding resources to the regions.
In response, the Catalan government’s spokesman warned that ‘centralization is never the best option’, so the Generalitat aspires to ‘one hundred percent manage’ the taxes paid by Catalans.
The municipalities, whose votes may be essential to approve the next budgets of the Generalitat, do not approve of the abolition of the wealth tax either: the spokesman of En Comú Podem in Parliament, David Cid, asked not to follow the “model” of President Isabel Díaz Ayuso, from Madrid, so as not to make Catalonia “neither the Andorra of the south, nor the beach of Madrid”.
For his part, the president of Foment del Treball, Josep Sánchez Llibre, criticized the Andalusian government for urging Catalan companies to “relocate”, although he also did not subscribe to the recentralization response of Escrivá.
“From any autonomous community, companies from other territories should not be called upon to relocate”, underlined the head 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 still not reached an agreement that would allow them to come to this parliamentary meeting with a unified position that would remove the possibility of a rupture.
However, Plaja assured that the government is “the last of the spaces where the differences between the two parties” of the coalition have an impact, since the ministers “strive to ensure that the daily life of their departments is isolated from the party dynamics.
He did not deny the “obvious and known discrepancies” between the two independence partners, but pointed out that at present the “immediate priority” of all ministers is the “preparation and approval” of the Catalan budgets for 2023.