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The term to negotiate expires and, without progress, the fight between the Nation and the City for co-participation will return to the Supreme Court

Starting at 11 this Wednesday, officials from the national government and the city of Buenos Aires will hold a meeting in which they will try, for the last time, to reach an agreement on how and in what time frame the transfer must be carried out. security funds.

After five consecutive summits in which there was no progress, it is discounted that there will be no agreement between the parties and that the case will return to the orbit of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, which had urged both to reach a negotiation politics. The deadline that the highest court had given to agree, extension through, expires today, May 11.

In the event that a rapprochement is not achieved, the Court will be in a position to define a lawsuit initiated by the Buenos Aires Government and that contemplates a claim that, for all reasons, exceeds $ 200,000 million, taking into account the debt for co-participation of the Nation between 2020 and 2021 and the one that will be added this year.

The City demands the payment of a Nation debt of $ 98,000 million between 2020 and 2021, when the Government decided to take resources by co-participation from the Buenos Aires government to assign them to the Buenos Aires government. By 2022, that number, City sources believe, will stretch to represent another $120 billion.

The meetings that have been taking place between Nation and City are being unsuccessful. In each of the previous meetings, proposals were promoted that were finally declined. There was, however, a partial agreement regarding the payment mechanism and how it will be made.

Interior Minister Wado Pedro leaving the meeting with the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, at the meeting at the Court, in March. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi.

as confirmed Clarion in April, the new mechanism for sending resources would remain outside the co-participation system. Since last year, the national government has been paying a fixed canon of around $2,000 million per month, a total of $24,500 million.

Updating these amounts is one of the central points to resolve. The City intends that they be updated for inflation and that the form of transfer be similar to the daily trickle of resources that the provinces receive by co-participation.

During the meetings, the representatives of the Buenos Aires government were the Chief of Staff Felipe Miguel, Martín Mura, Minister of Finance, and Marcelo D’Alessandro, of Security. On the government side, there was a delegation headed by Silvina Batakis, Secretary of Provinces of the Ministry of the Interior.

The reduction of co-participation to the City was defined by the government of Alberto Fernández on September 10, 2020, in the midst of a strong protest for salary increases carried out by the Buenos Aires police. In response to this, it was decided to remove resources from the Buenos Aires co-participation to allocate them to the government of Axel Kicillof, through the so-called Fiscal Strengthening Fund of the province of Buenos Aires. So far this year, $27,000 million have already entered those coffers, 46.5% of the total $58,066 million with which it costs for all of 2022.

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