The Spanish government announced on Friday a new consolidation of Catalonia’s financial independence to prevent any euro from funding the referendum on self-determination that Catalan leaders want to organize, writes AFP.
“We have established (this) the new control system in order to avoid them from funding illegal activities, such as the referendum”, budget minister Cristobal Montoro said at the end of a meeting organized with the Council of Ministers.
The separatist leaders in Catalonia, a region deeply divided between supporters and opponents of a secession to Spain, plan on organizing the referendum on 1st October, despite all the warnings launched by the Madrid government.
Technically, the state will pay directly the salaries of the civil servants, the social allowances and the invoices of the public service providers, Montoro added.
The decision was adopted after the commissioner of the Catalan economy, regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras, announced that he would no longer be subject to any weekly control over his spending imposed by Madrid in July.
The Government’s decision coincided with the opening of an open letter from Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueras and Catalan President Carme Forcadell, to whom the mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau joined for the first time.
Speaking to Chief of the Cabinet Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI, they denounce an “unprecedented repression” on the part of the supporters of the referendum and launch an “appeal to dialogue” to allow the state to authorize this consultation.