Socialist President of Aragon, Javier LambanoI saw a lot of opportunities covid fund, And it was not at all meant to help companies or businesses that were hit by the pandemic. A report by the Accounts Chamber of Aragon shows that its government used more than a third, 373 out of 963 million euros Expenditure received from the national budget and to pay the outstanding bills and clear their accounts. not companies.
The report in question is the latest from the Chamber of Accounts detailing the impact of the pandemic on regional accounts. And there you can read that the loss of income in 2020 and 2021 is “over-estimated” and that surplus money received It was used in a significant part to balance the fiscal years of the regional government “with the best deficit figures” of recent years. And even to “significantly” reduce the accumulated volume of bills pending settlement.
The report states that Accounts Chamber has reviewed expenditure declared in the Department of Health, IASS and Education questionnaire, as well as 98% of subsidies and aid lines, the coverage percentage in the review at 96% in 2020 and 98% of declared expenditure in 2021 represents. , And it added that “only the Aragonese Institute of Social Services has established a surveillance system for personnel specifically hired to deal with the impact of the pandemic.” It states that “in the case of the Department of Health and Education, since there is no coding for their new employees due to the pandemic, It is not possible to identify all new contracts It is celebrated for this reason”. And he adds that “in 2020 and 2021, the Autonomous Community in questionnaires to the Ministry of Finance announced a reduction in income of 93.2 and 16.7 million euros, respectively. A review of the budgetary performance of income for these years carried out by the Chamber of Accounts showed that the estimate in 2020 exceeded 26 million euros.
In addition, the report states that “the autonomous community has not provided any reports that explain the estimates. drop in income Which does not appear in the questionnaire sent out nor does the General Account of 2020 report in its report on the shortfall in income.
To make matters worse, “the Autonomous Community has not fully provided the Accounting Chamber with information on contracts for the years audited, failing to comply with the obligation established in Article 335. Public Sector Contract Law,
And the report includes other data such as “The results of the study showed that the largest discrepancies between information sent to the Chamber of Accounts and information obtained from the crossing of different sources are located in health. For example, in 2020 this The body did not submit 242 emergency contracts to the Chamber amounting to 22.6 million euros, which appear in the transparency portal”.