Friday, March 1, 2024

Navarra and the State launched the transfer of three new powers

The Government of Navarra agreed this Wednesday to launch the transfer of three new powers for the Foral Community. This is the Scholarship system and the management of R&D&i policies, both recognized by the Development of Jurisdiction and part of the commitment obtained by President Pedro Sánchez with the PNV in the investiture pact.

Added to this is also the section of the AP-68 highway that passes through Navarra, and will be part of the road network of the Foral Community.

The agreement was advanced by the Navarrese president, María Chivite, after the meeting he held with the Minister of Territorial Policy, Ángel Víctor Torres. In this context, Chivite highlighted the progress achieved in the meeting. According to the agreement reached between the PNV and the PSOE, the transfer of Scholarships and R&D&I must be done within six months.

Chivite explained that the two administrations agreed to reconvene the Cooperation Board, the body that manages the relationship between the two governments and which has not met for 25 years, to advance these transfers. “The Navarrese and central governments have shown once again our harmony and ability to agree on the recovery of the functions and services of the historical power of Navarra,” defense of Chivite, who emphasized that “the progress of the pending transfers represent an issue of great importance for Navarra,” collected in the programmatic agreement and the Organic Law of Reintegration and Improvement of the Foral Regime of Navarra (Lorafna), because it represents the “strengthening on our own government.”

The president of the regional Government hopes that these three powers can be transferred to the entire legislature, although he believes that the sooner the better, but he admits the three transfers as his “political agenda.”

The Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres, with the President of the Government of Navarra, María Chivite

For his part, the minister improved that “and the ministries of Education, Vocational Training and Sports; Science and Innovation; and Transport and Sustainable Mobility provides the initial documentation for the development of these transfers to the Foral Community of Navarra” and insists that this process “will be carried out according to regulated measures, in formal times, but without stop.”

The Secretary of State for Territorial Policy, Arcadi España, and the First Vice President and Councilor for the Presidency and Equality of the Regional Executive, Félix Taberna, also participated in the meeting held in Madrid. The two delegations emphasized the collaboration maintained by the state and provincial administrations and the willingness to continue working in a climate of cooperation that allows maximum agreements to be reached.

Navarra will not ask for immigration

Regarding the immigration powers that Catalonia will have and when asked if he also considered the request to transfer it to Navarra, Chivite assured that “Junts does not set the political agenda” of the Government of Navarra, so it does not plan to seek powers over immigration.

Likewise, Chivite and Minister Ángel Víctor Torres spoke about the conference of Presidents, requested by the ‘barons’ of the PP after the latest agreements with the Government of Pedro Sánchez with the independence groups, although both agreed to remember that the Regulation It contemplates two meetings a year, without giving a specific date for it to be completed.

Scholarships and Innovation

The assumption of the management of scholarships and study assistance by the Regional Executive will mean, according to the Government itself, an important development not only in the field of self-government but also in terms of continuing to strengthen the system. in Navarrese education. This affects university studies and non-university post-compulsory studies. In addition, the management of scholarships and assistance for students with specific needs for educational support will also be considered.

Currently, Navarrese students live with two calls for scholarships and study assistance, the state and the regional, the latter has a complementary nature in relation to those called by the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training and Sports.

Regarding the transfer of the management skills of Research, Development and Innovation, it can also be a great motivation for the Foral Community, since R&D&I is one of the fundamental pillars that promote the development of companies and society.

It is worth noting that Navarra, in this area, is at the head of Spain and positions to climb in Europe. In 2022, according to the National Institute of Statistics, the Foral Community will achieve the highest internal expenditure on R&D&I in its history, with almost 410 million between public and private initiatives, representing an increase of more than 5% compared to last year. . In addition, in the 2023 European regional innovation ranking, Navarra is placed in the top 100 of the most innovative regions in Europe, rising 47 positions since 2019.

The AP-68 Highway

Finally, regarding the Navarrese section of the Basque-Aragon Highway AP-68, the Provincial Executive requested and agreed to transfer its ownership to the Provincial Community to include that road in the short term. the Navarra Highway Network. It will be managed in due course by the public company Nafarbide.

Currently, the Government of Navarra is the owner of the entire road network that passes through the territory of Navarrese except AP-68, which is part of the State Highway Network. It is approximately 40 kilometers long, whose concessionaire is Avasa. The concession expires at the end of 2026.

It should be noted that the Navarra Highway Network has 611 roads representing a total of 3,919 kilometers in length. There are different types of roads, including 2 highways, 6 dual carriageways, 6 split roads, 1 high-performance road, 11 roads of general interest, 34 roads of interest in the Foral Community, and 551 local roads.

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