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National government continues its controls over Catalonia's finances

  • Some devolved powers of the Catalonian government over how it spends its money have been suspended as part of the on-going crisis over the banned referendum

Cristóbal Montoro, the minister for Finance in Mariano Rajoy’s national government, told the Spanish Congreso this week that he will keep the emergency controls put in place to regulate the finances of the Catalonia region.

Cristóbal Montoro.

Cristóbal Montoro. / EFE

Some devolved powers of the Catalonian government over how it spends its money have been suspended as part of the on-going crisis over the banned referendum.

Central government has taken over control of paying the bills of core public services run by Catalonian regional politicians, including health and education. This included the salaries of 200,000 regional government employees. These are due to be paid at the end of next week if the regional government sends through to Madrid the information of who should be paid and how much. “We hope that, at least in this case, there won’t be disobedience,” explained Montoro.

Meanwhile the Catalonian government has started sending its weekly expenditure reports to Madrid again, a measure introduced to prevent it spending money on the banned referendum. Catalonia has appealed the measure to the Supreme Court and it wasn’t clear why it had restarted submitting the data again.