Town halls must take back con­trol

Jávea mayor in Madrid to lobby for con­tro­ver­sial law change

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jack Troughton [email protected]­news.es

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

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