Neither the Head of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, nor will any of its officials sit at the dialogue table that The national government proposed them to agree on the resources that the Buenos Aires Police needs to operate during 2021. They will await dispatch the Supreme Court of Justice, where the City claims for cuts in federal co-participation made by the National Executive, First by decree and then through a law that Congress passed on December 10.
After confirming that you will not attend the meeting, the Buenos Aires government released the letter in which it rejected the invitation. Addressed to Eduardo “Wado” De Pedro and Martín Guzmán (Ministers of the Interior and Economy, respectively, who sent the original invitation), the letter states: “We hope to find an alternative through an open, sincere and good faith dialogue, like the one we have promoted from day one to resolve any differences. And always within a framework of legality, transparency and institutionality that, according to our convictions, are fundamental values ”.
Rodríguez Larreta met this Saturday with his closest collaborators and they decided not to accept the proposal at the suggestion of the legal area of the Buenos Aires government. If they accepted the invitation, which was originally intended for him Monday, January 4 at 3 p.m., would be validating the recently passed law. There it is established that a mesa special to try to reach an agreement. Although they do not expect a resolution during January for the judicial fair, from the larretismo they will maintain their position on the unconstitutionality of the law.
The Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” by Pedro, and the Economy, Martin Guzman, had been in charge of making the formal call through a letter that they sent to Rodríguez Larreta on Tuesday, December 29, within the framework of the formation of a bilateral commission to reach a consensual agreement on the transfer of powers and security functions to the orbit of the City of Buenos Aires. In that letter they suggested that “The objective of the meeting will be to define the guidelines for the dialogue process between both jurisdictions, as well as the formation of the relevant technical teams.”
The regulation approved by Congress takes away from the Buenos Aires administration a 1.18 percentage points of the money it receives from the national State, which will go from receiving 3.5% of co-participation (figure reached by Mauricio Macri), at 2.32%. The approved law establishes that due to the transfer of the Federal Police to the City of Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires administration will receive annually $ 24,500 million. The figure included in this new project will be updated in accordance with an index composed of 80% by the nominal index of the average salary of the Federal Police and 20% by the consumer price index (CPI), of the previous year.
Rodríguez Larreta usually bet on dialogue to solve conflicts. He even participated on Wednesday of that week in a meeting with President Alberto Fernández and with the Governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kiciloff, at the Olivos residence, to assess the latest numbers due to the rise in coronavirus cases in the metropolitan area. They repeated a scene that had become common throughout much of the pandemic. Despite this meeting, relations with the National Executive are going through a period of tension.
On Monday, December 28, ten business days after the enactment of the law that ratified the cut of funds, Rodríguez Larreta formalized the lawsuit against the National State before the Supreme Court. Among its main arguments, the Buenos Aires government maintains that its autonomy is being violated and also unilaterally breaching pre-existing agreements.
The last one is a new lawsuit that had already been filed last September, with a precautionary request included, when the City went against the decree issued by the Executive that cut funds, in the midst of a protest by police officers from the Province of Buenos Aires who demanded immediate salary increases. Later, the law voted in Congress expanded that cut.
In Rodríguez Larreta’s government, they affirm that if this pruning of funds is maintained, the City will lose more than 65 billion pesos. According to the Buenos Aires ruling party, the inhabitants of the city of Buenos Aires contribute 22% of the total co-participable resources nationwide and, after the cut, they could start to receive only 1.4 percent.
On September 18, Rodríguez Larreta filed a lawsuit and an amparo action before the Supreme Court against the decree that took the coefficient of the tax sharing of the Federal Capital from 3.5 percent to 2.32. But until now there has been no analysis by the Supreme Court. All there was was an opinion from the acting attorney Eduardo Casal saying that the highest court had original jurisdiction in the matter. Now a waiting compass opens because throughout January there is a judicial fair. The Buenos Aires government insists on this new demand that the law is unconstitutional.
The response of the Buenos Aires government to the invitation:
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Mauricio Macri gave the City of Buenos Aires a strong increase in co-participation