Palma.—After a debate in the Balearic Parliament yesterday, the ruling Partido Popular responded to questions by Socialist leader Francina Armengol about a request to Central Government for a different financing system for the Balearics.

A spokesman for the PP Parliamentary group, Marga Prohens explained that historically, the Balearic Islands is one of the regions of the country which has paid most to Central Government in taxation but which has benefited the least from financing.

Prohens said that the current Balearic government has inherited the situation after agreements were signed between former Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and ex Socialist coalition Balearic President Francesc Antich. The spokesman said that the present Balearic government has now officially requested that Madrid alter its financial policy toward the Islands, and that the claim has been made at different levels of Central Government, both legal and political.

Prohens said that Armengol had no right to say that PP President José Ramón Bauzá was not demanding sufficient funds from Madrid in the 2013 budget because if the previous Socialist coalition had “negotiated properly” the need to request refinancing would not have arisen.

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