Palma.—The Balearic Socialist party (PSIB) said yesterday that the regional government's Transport ministry's so-called “triumph” of securing 7 million euros from Central Government for the Majorcan Railway Service (SFM) projects was a “mere drop in the ocean”.

Socialist MP Antoni Diéguez said that the money is just 0.03 percent of the national budget of 25'000 million euros for railway development.
Diéguez said that what Balearic Partido Popular Transport and Environment Minister Gabriel Company had tried to portray as a “glorious achievement” was little more than a “disaster”. He said that the money will result in very little for Majorca's railway services.

Diéguez said that between 70 and 80 million euros had been allocated to Majorca's train project in 2011 but that the present Balearic President José Ramón Bauzá had reached an agreement with the previous National Minister for the Economy, Elena Salgado not to claim the money, and instead offset it against the Balearic public deficit.

Meanwhile, Socialist MP Joan Boned pointed out that in the Balearic's Plan to Stabilise the Economy between 2012 and 2014, a “ridiculous” amount of 16 million euros had been forecast as income as a result of the government's anti-tax fraud measures.

Boned said that in comparison with previous years, this figure was significantly lower: in 2009, income from tackling tax fraud had been 38 million euros, in 2010 55 million, and in 2011 when the Partido Popular had been in power in the Balearics half a year, just 27 million euros.

He said that the figures were evidence that the present Balearic government is not prioritising its fight against tax fraud and that the regional Economy ministry is incapable of securing further income for the Administration.

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