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The president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, throughout her go to to the works of one of many promotions of the Regional Government's Plan Vive in San Sebastián de los Reyes, on March 9, 2023.ISABEL INFANTES (Europa Press)

The new Chamber of Accounts of the Community of Madrid should resolve 17 pending reviews from 2023, when the PP of Isabel Díaz Ayuso had not but executed the authorized reform that may enable it to manage any further the physique that should supervise its Government. Joaquín Leguina, former regional president with the PSOE who has been promoted to the presidency of the establishment because of his affinity with the baroness, would be the one who directs the deliberations and assigns oversight duties to the remainder of the councilors. These choices will function a thermometer to measure whether or not the brand new composition of the chamber, with 5 councilors from the PP, one from Más Madrid and one other from the PSOE, impacts the supervisory dynamics of the earlier staff, which has left not less than one scorching potato for the pursuits of the Ayuso Executive. Thus, EL PAÍS has accessed an informative observe on the preliminary mission to oversee the administration of public housing plans within the area that displays complaints that the Executive has made the inspection work tough to the purpose of constructing it unimaginable for the work to be full, based on the model of the authors.

“The lack of collaboration by the Community in this report has prevented the audit work from being properly completed,” reads the interior doc, a abstract of a preliminary draft that’s nonetheless pending to incorporate the Administration's allegations, which is able to now be studied by a special chamber than the one the place the work started, for the reason that new councilors have been elected at first of April.

“The procedure in question is still open and, therefore, [lo contenido en el informe] “It is not conclusive,” says a spokesperson for the Executive. “We asked for more time,” completes a top-ranking authorities supply, referring to the Executive's favorable disposition to resolve the issue.

Among the pending works for 2023 and included within the official work program for 2024, are supervising this system for the digitalization of the academic system of the Community of Madrid, which the chamber faces in collaboration with the Court of Auditors; the gathering administration within the government interval carried out by the regional administration (2020-2021); or the one which impacts housing plans.

According to a supply acquainted with this newest work, the dearth of presidency collaboration on this case would have made it unimaginable to quantify, for instance, how a lot cash Madrid has did not implement from the state plans for public housing, until the Government has supplied new info, which The Executive didn’t need to make clear after being requested by this newspaper. In any case, the content material of the ultimate model of the report, and the assessments it accommodates when it’s accepted, might differ from the preliminary model.

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Thus, the report goals to research the actions and goals foreseen within the regional and state housing plans 2013-2016 and 2018-2021 managed by the Community of Madrid; study price range spending for the years 2018-2022 on housing plans; confirm whether or not the Administration had established ample procedures to make sure equality and concurrence in entry to assist; or analyze the price range execution of housing plans and the achievement (or not) of their goals. All of that is unimaginable, based on the auditors, as a result of obstacles of the regional authorities. At least till the second by which the allegations have been requested.

“The Community of Madrid has not provided information to the Chamber on the contributions of the Ministry to finance the programs of the plan to be developed within the framework of the 2015 agreement and the 2017 extension, so the annual income cannot be quantified or its distribution by programs,” reads the knowledge observe. “Nor has information been provided on the total obligations accounted for in the execution of the 2013-2016 plan (…),” it’s added.

“Additionally, it has not been reported whether refunds have been made to the ministry because the total amount of the releases made by it was higher than the commitments assumed by the autonomous Administration, or because the Community has not complied with the schedule of pending payments to the beneficiaries of the aid in the terms established by the fifth clause of the agreement (…)”, continues in a protracted record of complaints.

And it concludes: “The department has not provided a list of administrative resources or legal claims presented by natural or legal persons in relation to the management of subsidies from the 2018-2021 State Housing Plan, so the liabilities are unknown. that could arise from obligations of an undetermined amount to meet responsibilities arising from administrative and contentious-administrative resources in progress by the Community of Madrid derived from the management of the plan, so that the balance for which, where appropriate, provisions for liabilities should be made.”

Uncertain future

The Department of Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, when requested by this newspaper, has not clarified whether or not it has corrected all these info deficits through the allegations course of opened by the Chamber of Accounts. In any case, the way forward for the report, ready in 2023, and its eventual (or not) approval, is surrounded by most uncertainty.

Last 12 months, Ayuso (PP) received the 28-M elections with an absolute majority and started his third time period as head of the Community of Madrid. One of the primary choices that the Baroness made to take advantage of the liberty of motion that the poll field granted her was to register and approve within the Madrid Assembly a legislation with 15 legislative modifications that affected a number of norms. Among them, one which has allowed the regional authorities to manage the physique that should supervise its political motion, contracts and bills.

As a consequence of this authorized change, the seven new councilors of the Chamber of Accounts have been elected this April (5 are from the PP, one from Más Madrid, and one other from the PSOE), and Joaquín Leguina, former president of the Community expelled from the PSOE for help Ayuso, has been appointed as its president. This signifies that the use made from the federal government allegations, already despatched, and the eventual approval of the report on the housing plans, will rely on a chamber by which the councilors elected by the PP are the bulk, which in flip is the get together that helps the Government that’s audited.

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