The most realistic option for the Government would be to include the inland waters, which total 2,649 square kilometres. The surface area of the Balearic Islands would grow by 50% and would increase from the current 4,991.70 square kilometres to 7,640.7. The more territory, the more financing. This is one of the most striking proposals contained in a report presented by the Finance Ministry, in which the Director General of Financing, Francesc Oliver, and the Director General of External Relations, Antoni Vicens, have actively participated.
The report states that the surface area is a variable that has been historically used in the financing system because it is "relevant" in the calculation of the spending needs, such as environmental policies or infrastructures and has consequences in the provision of public services and in the increase in the cost of travel but not only on land. "This is a phenomenon that also occurs in the archipelagos with the double and triple insularity," notes document.
Like the Canary Islands
"The proposal of Balearics is to take into account the surface of the whole archipelago (including land and sea surface) for the calculation of this corrective variable, in the style of the 'Canary Islands waters' considered in the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands," the report points out. "In the case of not considering this variable, at least the inland waters, over which the autonomous community has competences, should be included within the surface," concludes the Government in the letter sent to the Ministry.
The Government gives an example to illustrate the needs generated by a dispersed territory and mentions the distance of the population to the reference hospital. "It is a determining factor of spending needs that can be approximated by the surface area", it adds. Following the same reasoning, the Government insists that the sea that separates the different islands of the archipelago must also be taken into account. "The sea separates us even more than a mountain range or a desert,".
- A proposal put forward by Cañellas when he was president
The proposal that the Government of Francina Armengol is taking up already appeared in a document presented by the then Finance Minister, Alexandre Forcades, during the presidency of Gabriel Cañellas, at the end of the 80s. The request was discarded by the government of Felipe González.
- Navarre and the Basque Country must contribute to solidarity
The Government believes that Navarre and the Basque Country should participate in solidarity with the rest of the autonomous regions. "This does not have to suppose suppressing the economic concert, simply adapting it to guarantee that all the communities contribute to solidarity," the text assures.
- Més also asks to count the floating population
The deputy of Més, Josep Ferrà, joined yesterday in the plenary session to the request that the Government takes into account the weight of the floating population and has criticised that the Government does not want to take it into account. "It is the ghost population in the eyes of the Spanish Government," said the deputy in the plenary.
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