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The Catalan Proposal: A New Approach to Regional Financing for Sustainable Development and Equality

The responsibility for providing important services such as health, education, social services, and housing falls on the autonomous communities. Over the past four decades, there has been significant constitutional development that has shifted from a centralist state to a federal model. Regional governments now have 24% of the income compared to 26% in the United States and 40% in Germany.

Despite this progress, financing models for autonomous communities have faced challenges. Between 1980 and 2009, six financing models were agreed upon but renewals have not been possible since 2014, leading to a lack of resources and contributing to the over-indebtedness of the autonomies. This financial shortage has fueled discontent, notably in Catalonia where it worsened under certain governments.

In response to these challenges, the Generalitat of Catalonia proposed a unique financing model that aims to change the current system by allowing Catalonia to collect all taxes and make dual contributions to the state to fund services in the region and support other communities with less fiscal capacity. The initiative emphasizes principles of loyalty, solidarity, and equal rights for all Spaniards.

This proposal represents a major shift in how regional financing is approached and aims to increase autonomy, fiscal responsibility, financial sufficiency, and transparency. It is important to recognize the efforts made by the Generalitat of Catalonia but consistency in defending this proposal is necessary for its success.

When discussing regional financing it’s essential to focus on values rather than fiscal balances. By studying positive international experiences and reaching successive agreements better results can be achieved. The dialogue and governance approach taken by the Generalitat of Catalonia could serve as a model for addressing financial challenges while promoting solidarity and equality.

Overall, it’s clear that regional financing plays an important role in ensuring that everyone has access to essential services such as healthcare and education

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