Palma.—Balearic President José Ramón Bauzá, yesterday described next year's National Budget as being “totally unjust” to the Balearic Islands, but added he felt sure that he could “get a better deal” for the region through a number of proposals and objections.

Bauzá was speaking on Sunday whilst he was taking part in a fourth annual marathon being held in Palma in aid of research into Cystic Fibrosis. The five-kilometre relay had been organised by the Respiralia Foundation. “The State Budget for 2013,” said Bauzá “is not what the citizens of the Balearic Islands deserve. “Residents and professionals in the Balearics are doing everything they can to comply with the austermity measures being imposed by Central Government and their own regional budget.” Distaste
Bauzá made no secret of his personal “distaste” for the insufficient financial support being given to the Balearics as reported by Central Government's Minister for Tax and Public Administration, Cristobal Montoro.

Bauzá said that he and his team would work to reshape the National Budget in favour of the Balearics.
Minister Montoro recently announced that the State would provide the Balearics with 78.72 million euros of public funding, a downturn of 45.04 percent in comparison with the budget for 2012.

Bauzá said that when the situation is correctly addressed with Central Government, and the special needs of the Balearics are laid out in detail, he felt sure that there would be proper “adjustment” in favour of the Islands.

The Vice-President and Finance Minister of the Balearic Islands, Josep Ignasi Aguiló agreed on Sunday that the allocation to the Balearics was insufficient, confirming that a “great effort” would be needed to get a “proper deal” for the Balearics out of the 2013 State Budget.

Bauzá was received on Sunday by the Respiralia Foundation President, Maria Teresa Llull, and Culture and Sports Councillor Fernando Gilet.
The President managed to run a five kilometre relay forming part of the 80 kilometre marathon in order to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

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