The Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community agree to reinforce the social shield against inflation and to expand sustainable mobility and regeneration of the sea as axes for the future

Dec 17, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

\ Both governments claim the so-called Mediterranean route based on the importance of social dialogue to overcome the noise and tension, and the need for consensus with society to continue leading economic growth in the State.

\ Dozens of business, social and political representatives from both regions have met for two days in Valencia to agree on solutions to the new challenges.

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The President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, and the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, today concluded the 2nd Balearic Islands-Valencian Community Summit. The meeting, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday in Valencia, served to strengthen the ties and strategies between the two territories and to give continuity to the commitments agreed upon at the first summit.

The President, as stated in the Declaration of Valencia signed today, defended the value of loyal cooperation and dialogue to build solutions for citizens and strengthen a more diverse and plural State: “In these times when it seems that some people only live on tension and sterile polemics, here, in Valencia, in the Mediterranean, dialogue prevails over noise”, she said.

In this regard, President Armengol recalled the agreements to provide a social response to the pandemic, which are now being renewed with new measures to tackle the “winter of prices”. She also stressed that the collaboration with the Valencian Community is helping both societies to listen to each other in order to promote issues such as the decentralisation of the State, the provision of greater resources to finance key competencies and the generation of transformative investments.

Both President Armengol and President Puig have highlighted the progress made thanks to the first summit, held in Palma in 2021, which has allowed the Valencian Community and the Balearic Islands to lead the economic recovery and job creation. “Now, it is the war in Ukraine, prices and their effects on families and the economic and employment fabric that are making us put all our resources back at the service of the people,” said the president.

Both governments stressed the importance of constant dialogue with social agents in order to reach pragmatic agreements that provide solutions to society’s real problems.

Thus, they agreed to increase their policies to support citizens, which have been implemented in previous months, both in the Balearic Islands and in Valencia, with the aim of continuing to lead economic growth in Spain and leaving no one behind.

In this sense, the presidents have referred to one of the agreements reached, which stems from a proposal, yesterday, of the social partners, to ask the State for a training fund to give aid to companies and permanent tourism workers discontinuous, which should allow them to remain high in the months of inactivity work, making training programs. “It is about giving them more opportunities and more protection when it comes to putting politics at the service of issues that really improve people’s lives”.

Finally, both presidents stressed the importance of environmental protection and sustainability and their potential to generate economic activity and social progress.

The Declaration of Valencia, signed today in the Palau de la Generalitat by presidents Ximo Puig and Francina Armengol, summarises with agreements for the future the policies debated by dozens of representatives of the Balearic and Valencian societies that have met over the last two days in the City of Arts and Sciences at the 2nd Community of Valencia – Balearic Islands Summit:

The vindication of the Mediterranean route to face the challenges as a society with dialogue and cooperation, without irresponsible climates of political tension.
The need to move forward on a federal path that improves the cohesion of Spain’s territories and advances towards a decentralisation that allows for more efficient public services.
The urgency of reaching an agreement between all the institutions concerned on a new system of regional funding to put an end to the unbearable inequalities of the current system.
The request to the Spanish Government for a state training fund for tourism companies and workers that would be managed by the autonomous communities, in order to keep workers on the payroll during training periods in the low season.
The promotion of the Viatgem programme with a joint digital platform will include discounts for tourism between the two territories to strengthen the cultural and human ties between our two peoples.