Summoned by the Plataforma pel Finançament and under the slogan ‘Un poble unit per un finançament just’, thousands of people have challenged the bad weather in the three Valencian capitals (Alicante, Castelló and València) to demand fairer financing.
As pointed out by the union representatives of UGT-PV and CCOO-PV, Ismael Sáez and Ana García, this mobilization aims to claim a financing model that allows “banishing the inequalities suffered by Valencians” due to not having adequate financing. This has repercussions on health, social services, education, child poverty or job creation, and quality employment. “We are facing a crucial moment,” said Sáez, who noted that the per capita income of Valencians is twelve points lower than the Spanish average.
The president of the Valencian employers’ association (CEV), Salvador Navarro, explained that he is returning to the streets “with an important fact, and that is that on this occasion the main opposition party – the Popular Party – has joined the mobilization” . Another outstanding fact in Navarro’s opinion is that, in the last four years, since the last demonstration that took tens of thousands of people to the streets of Valencia for better financing, “different institutions have recognized that the Valencian Community is the most battered and the worst financed in Spain “.
This call, seconded by all the parties with representation in the Valencian Corts except for Vox, has the support of more than 200 entities. Among those who support the demonstration is the Valencian Government: “It is essential that society has become aware of the under-financing situation,” said President Ximo Puig, who insisted that we are facing another day “on an intense itinerary, but it is persistence is necessary to make the Valencian problem visible “. Regarding the new financing model, Puig pointed out that “a great agreement between the political parties and the autonomous communities is necessary, nobody can put themselves on profile.”
Vice President Mónica Oltra, for her part, has demanded a firm commitment from the Executive to fulfill the mandate of Congress. “The President of the Government committed to Compromís in the legislative pact to present a draft in the first eight months of his mandate,” pointed out the Valencian leader, who continues: “We understand that there has been a pandemic involved, but we believe that already the time has come to update the financing system. ”
The leader of the Popular Party, Carlos Mazón, pointed out that more than a claim, “it is a demand. It is not a whim or we seek a privilege,” while the Regional Minister of Democratic Memory and leader of Esquerra Unida, Rosa Pérez Garijo, highlighted the unity in the claim: “We do not want to be more than anyone, but not less”.
From Ciudadanos, Ruth Merino congratulated herself on the fact that the Valencian community is recognized in Spain as the worst funded community: “Now it is time for the PSOE to call the main opposition party, the PP, and they sit down to negotiate this issue , out of partisanship. It is a necessity for all Valencians. ”
The data that endorse the under-financing
The Valencian Community is the worst financed in Spain, with an investment of 2,513 euros per inhabitant, which is 293 euros less than the Spanish average (2,806 euros per inhabitant) and 842 euros from the best-financed community, Cantabria, which receives 3,355 euros per inhabitant, if we look at the data of the liquidation of the Ministry of Finance of 2019, the latest published.
With regard to the Gross Domestic Product per capita, in the Valencian Community it stands at 23,206 euros, 14% less than the Spanish average, which stands at 26,426 euros per capita and very far from the 35,913 euros in the Community of Madrid . And this situation is aggravated year after year because the Generalitat annually receives 1,325 million less than what would correspond to it via the General State Budgets.