Spanish opposition party’s allegations of misuse of recovery fund fail in Brussels – EURACTIV.com
Spain’s main opposition party has accused Pedro Sánchez’s government of abusing the EU recovery fund and has taken its demands to Brussels.
On Wednesday, a delegation of municipal and regional elected officials, led by the mayor of Madrid and state spokesman, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, went to Brussels after Pablo Casado, who went to the political capital of the EU.
The People’s Party has expressed doubts about the management of the fund by raising accusations of favoritism towards municipalities and town halls governed by socialists or regionalist parties such as those of Catalonia or the Basque Country.
Almeida, after his meetings with several EPP members, said that “what they did was to take note of the issues that we raised”. The problem is that neither Pablo Casado nor the delegation led by Almeida met with any civil servant or politician dealing with the funds.
Also, the claims seem to have dubious substance as the mayor of Madrid, despite not being a socialist, received all the requested grants. Furthermore, the government claims transparency in the structure and distribution of money and denies any wrongdoing.
(Pol Afonso Fortuny, EURACTIV.com)