Town halls must take back control
Jávea mayor in Madrid to lobby for controversial law change
JAVEA mayor Jose Chulvi has lobbied central government to change controversial laws that have Spain’s town halls in chains.
The politician travelled to Madrid to call for a return to allow local government more freedom over public contracts rather than severe problems left by the legislation.
Backed by the socialist PSOE group in Congress; he met with deputies from Valencia in the capital and Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) secretary general Carlos Casares.
The mission was to highlight the affect of the law on public contracts and the law governing the rationalisation and sustainability of local administration which came into force in 2013.
The former requires councils to plan all services on an annual basis and contract them through a tender process but meeting legal steps and deadlines – a procedure that limits flexibility.
And councils complain it has created budgetary restrictions and extra expense than local government has had to absorb since 2013.
Mayor Chulvi said: “These laws have left us with no room to manoeuvre to meet day to day demands in dealing with problems that have arisen or provide services that we need even if we can afford them.”
He added it was a state of affairs that was 'difficult to explain' to the public and called for Congress to 'protect' town halls and allow them 'to recover the municipal autonomy necessary for good management.'
Both FEMP and the socialist group in Congress told Mr Chulvi they were aware of the impasse and were looking at ways to give back more flexibility to local administrations.
Jose Chulvi with Carlos Casares of FEMP