The plenary session of the City Council of Palma approved this Thursday the decree that changes the organization of the administrative services of the City Council and eliminates the references to the issues of LGTBI, gender violence or Catalan, among other things. The order of organization was approved at the beginning of this legislature, as usual, and is what determines the organization of the municipality and the powers that exist in each area. With this change, the consortium of the Ramon Llull Institute was also abolished.
The PP and Vox approve the abolition of the Catalan requirement in Palma Council positions “which do not require it”
The PP defended that they are “specific issues of nomenclature” and assured that the government has the “same structure and function” until now. “Nothing has changed at all,” said the councilor of the Treasury, Public Service and Internal Government, Mercedes Celeste. In this sense, Celeste said that the work on equality rights, violence against women, and LGTBI issues will continue.
In addition, he explained that the change addresses the Vox management agreement, “which must be followed.” Therefore, he assured that the agreement “does not include changing the municipal structure but includes making changes in nomenclature to comply with the agreement.”
The opposition criticized this move
For their part, the municipal groups of PSOE Palma and MÉS Palma criticized that “two months later” the PP “agreed to be blackmailed by Vox” by changing the decree. “This is evidence that Vox governs more than the PP in this City Council,” considered eco-sovereignty councilor Miquel Àngel Contreras. For example, he regrets that today the Council of Culture “does not have the power to promote its own language or that policies that could be in favor of the LGTBI community or policies to raise awareness of gender issues are missing.”
For his part, PSOE Palma councilor Rosario Sánchez assured that the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, “dictates the policies of the Autonomous Community and the Palma City Council.” In addition, he asked the government group for explanations about a change that “takes the City Council back 40 years.” Likewise, Sánchez regretted that “the Ombudsman of Citizenship was eliminated from the organization chart”, which he described as an “insult” to the residents of Palma.