Canary president looks ahead to new norm on June 21st
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, participated on Sunday morning in the 14th and last telematic conference of presidents of the autonomous communities called by the head of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, to address coordination among those public administrations in relation to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.
In this last session by videoconference, the Canarian
president began his intervention making, as has been the custom in the 13
previous meetings, a balance of the last week of COVID-19 in the Canary
Islands. In these seven days, the evolution has continued to be
“favourable” and even “much better”, stated Ángel Víctor
Torres, who provided the most recent data, from Sunday morning, on the pandemic
in the islands: three patients with the coronavirus in the ICU, less than 100
active infections (99) and 2,124 accumulated epidemiological discharges.
By way of conclusion of these three months of health crisis,
President Torres maintained that the management carried out in this pandemic
allows us to say that “we have learned from the mistakes of the past”
and now it is time to “enjoy the so-called new normality”, a stage in
which the Canary Islands will enter from next June 21. The decree regulating how
this new period will be in the islands will be approved by the Governing
Council next week.
The head of the regional Executive referred to the next
meeting of the European Council in order to analyse the reconstruction fund of
750,000 million euros of the European Union (EU) by COVID-19. Regarding that
close appointment, Torres said that it will be “essential that there be a
good agreement” and was in favour of “closing ranks to achieve the
maximum economic possibilities for Spain” in that global amount, apart
from considering that such public contributions should come above all as
transfers, to fund loss, and the access to those financial resources must be
consummated through mutualised debt.
The President also returned to influence that local
administrations (municipalities and councils) and autonomous communities can
dispose of their surpluses and remnants as soon as possible . Ángel Víctor
Torres pointed out that to these measures should be added the compensation to
the islands for the decrease in their own tax revenues this year 2020,
estimated at 1,000 million for the fiscal resources of the Canary Islands
Financing Block (especially IGIC and AIEM taxes) .
The President of the Canary Islands welcomed the
announcement by the Spanish Government that he is going to present the Tourist
Plan for COVID-19 this Thursday, June 18th.
In that same sphere of action, and after the announcement by
President Pedro Sánchez that the mobility of people (opening of borders)
between the signatory countries of Schengen (including Spain and with the
exception of Portugal, which will do so a week later) will be free from Monday,
June 21, Ángel Víctor Torres stressed that this “must be done with maximum
health security”, insisted that the best option is to carry out the antiCOVID-19
tests at source.