SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 15 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The candidate of the Canary Islands Coalition for the Presidency of the Government, Fernando Clavijo, will set as his objective the recovery of the tax differential between the Canary Islands and the Peninsula, as announced during a meeting with representatives of the Association of Supermarkets of the Canary Islands (Asuican), between they their general secretary, Alonso Fernández.
During the meeting, Fernando Clavijo warned that the decisions of the Government of Pedro Sánchez to alleviate the effects first of the pandemic and after the impact of the war in Ukraine and inflation “play against the Canary Islands and give us a disadvantageous situation that we will fight to be corrected by the Government of the Canary Islands”.
Clavijo warned of the consequences “not only of the fact that the Canary Islands have been left out of most of the anti-crisis measures implemented by the Government of Spain with the approval of the Government of Ángel Víctor Torres, but also of the loss of a tax differential collected in the REF and that has its raison d’être in compensation for remoteness and insularity”.
The nationalist candidate stressed that the tax differential between the Canary Islands and the rest of the territories “is not a privilege, but a necessity that must be protected every day from a Government of Spain that is determined to curtail it and from a Government of the Canary Islands that prefers bow your head than defend it”.
During the meeting, in which Pablo Rodríguez, head of the CC list to the Parliament of the Canary Islands for Gran Canaria, also spoke, the proposals of the Canarian nationalists were debated, which will have a direct impact on a sector that maintains 168,000 jobs in the Canary Islands, 150,000 in the trade and 18,000 in the distribution sector, including administrative simplification and digitization.
Clavijo promised to reduce administrative processes in the Autonomous Community by 30% to favor the economic transformation of the Islands. To this end, he assured that it is crucial to create a new government structure adapted to the new challenges and to the reality of the Canary Islands after the events of the last four years, mainly the health crisis.
For its part, Asuican conveyed the demands of the sector in the Islands, among which they highlighted the need for greater coordination between the Governments of Spain and the Canary Islands in areas such as physical inspection services in ports and airports, as well as , conveyed their concern about the gradual loss of aid or the delay in updating standard transport costs that has a direct impact on the prices of the products in the shopping cart on the Islands.