The president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, is now urging to defend the principles of the Spanish autonomies model that, in the past decades, has protected the territorial balance and equality between all Spaniards. In this sense, and referring to the current political situation, the gathering of a Conference of Presidents is encouraged to resolve the future of autonomous Spain from multilateralism.
It was defended today during his informative breakfast conference organized in Madrid by the Nueva Economía Fórum, where he was presented by the former President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy.
During his speech, the head of the Galician Executive emphasized the importance of communities as territories of unity and as those responsible for managing public services. Therefore, he reflected on the duty of the regional governments to balance their accounts and rejected the asymmetrical Spain that they want to impose on us, where the unequal infrastructure and legal inequality of the high-speed connection with Portugal or the development of the Atlantic Corridor. . He also emphasized how Galicia is controlling its coastline.
Alfonso Rueda made it clear that, due to the focus of the debate that will mark this legislature, “we are responsible for ensuring that all this is not driven by personal ambition.” Therefore, he urges us to always reject privilege and defend equality, ensuring that our community uses all the resources of the rule of law to protect itself.
Galicia, island of strength
He cited Galicia as an example of an “island of stability”, which allows the Government of Galicia to have the capacity to continue adopting pioneering measures, focused on responding to the needs of citizens .
Among other initiatives, Galicia has a unique bonus in Spain of 5,000 euros to take care of dependent people at home, and a complement of 1,200 for those in a residence; a bus that is free for those under 21 years old and will be extended next year to over 65 years old.
In his speech, Rueda also urged the central government to speed up the mobilization of European funds. In the first three quarters of 2023, the General Administration gave less than 30% of the funds it distributed, while Galicia gave 90% of its share. Galicia is still waiting for funds from the central government to continue strategic projects such as Altri, which continue to be stopped due to the worrying paralysis and lack of answers from the central government.
The president of the Xunta de Galicia emphasized that “coexistence cannot be agreed upon by those who do not want to live together” and that “no position, no person and no responsibility” can be placed above the equality of the Spanish and Galicians. , regardless of ideologies.
Rueda concluded by defending that the regional policy, “understood with responsibility,” is a sign of unity for all Spaniards and spoke of the dignity of Galicia as an asset that “can be protected with respect and strength .”