Francina Armengol, who is lobbying for improved financing arrangements for the Balearics.

10-11-2016

President Armengol has invited the Catalonian government to join the Balearics and other regions led by PSOE to form a lobby to defend "common" interests when it comes to the system of regional financing.

The Balearic president made this invitation at a meeting on federal reform organised by a foundation which is linked to PSOE in Catalonia. She spoke of a "great opportunity" that has now opened up because the Partido Popular of the national government does not a clear majority.

This is "good news" as it creates a "space for political dialogue" especially, she noted, as there are regions governed by those who are clear that, together, things can move forward out of respect for diversity.

The socialist-led governments of the Balearics, Valencia and Aragon plus the Catalonian government of Carles Puigdemont (who isn't a socialist) have the chance, Armengol stressed, to move the pieces on the Spanish board in order that there is a better fit.

She added that she intends speaking often with the Catalonian government, as she pursues a model of "fiscal federalism" to change the current system of financing. She said that there needs to be a generous offer made to Catalonia in order that there is a state (Spain) in which everyone feels comfortable.

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