The Generalitat Valenciana, chaired by the socialist Ximo Puig, found money to buy last year for 23.9 million euros for the Valencia Post Office. However, it now owes an amount of around 20 million euros with the firefighting consortiums of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia. Precisely, its main bastions in the recent fires of Bejís and Vall d’Ebo, where the flames have burned more than 31,000 hectares. The regional Emergency area is the responsibility of the Socialist Minister of Justice Gabriela Bravo, with a budget of over 100 million euros.
The debt with the firefighting consortia was already revealed by OKDIARIO in September of last year. Specifically, with the Alicanteto which the Generalitat then owed 5.3 million corresponding to the 2020 annuity and another 5.6 million for the 2021 annuity. Now, there are already 13 million that the Generalitat owes to the Consortium Provincial Fire Department of the Diputación de Alicante. The delays in payments contrast, however, with the speed with which Ximo Puig’s Generalitat has been used in other cases when seeking money for certain investments.
The most paradigmatic case in this regard in recent times is that of the Valencia Post Office Palace. An infrastructure acquired by the Generalitat for 23.9 million euros. The Valencian Government allocated 23.3 million euros initially allocated to the Ministries of Housing and Educational Infrastructures for the purchase of that palace.
Ximo Puig encountered a liquidity problem due to insufficient availability in chapter 6 of the regional budget for real investments. It therefore needed 23.3 million euros more. and she got them. The Plenary Session of the Valencian Government on December 17 decided to carry out a transfer of sections and chapters of those items not linked to pending commitments or finalist investments.
Therefore, in record time, he obtained the necessary funds for the acquisition of the aforementioned palace. What they are now demanding from Ximo Puig is that the same diligence with which he sought the resources to buy the aforementioned palace be used to pay the amounts owed to firefighters consortiums.
That investment of 23.9 million euros in the aforementioned palace was not the only one in infrastructure. Another million euros was used to tidy up what would be the authorities’ Fallas balcony last March at the Valencia festivities.
the of Valencia It is not the only post office acquired by the Generalitat Valenciana from Ximo Puig. In January 2021, the Generalitat bought the post office building of Castellon for 2 million euros. In addition, he also bought the post office building of Elche in 2019 for an approximate amount of 738,000 euros. Last January, it also reached a pre-agreement to acquire the Palacio de Correos de Alicante for 4.8 million euros. In total, an investment that exceeds 30 million euros, while the fire consortiums are still waiting their turn to collect.