Justice ordered the suspension of the sale of 86 hectares of public lands in the city of Buenos Aires

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The Justice decided this Thursday to suspend the sale of 86 hectares of public lands in the city of Buenos Aires. The lots belonged to the Nation and were transferred to the City through an agreement, approved by Law No. 6,131, during the presidency of Mauricio Macri.

Among the lands in question are the properties of the Carlos Mugica neighborhood (former Villa 31-31bis), the Salguero triangle, railway beaches in Villa Crespo and those belonging to the former Hacienda Market.

The judge of 1st Instance in Administrative and Tax Litigation, Andres Gallardo, warned in its ruling that the mandatory public hearings or the double reading procedure to sanction this law were not complied with, ordered by arts. N ° 89 subsection 4 and N ° 90 of the Constitution of the City.

The appeal for amparo had been presented by the Observatory of the Right to the City (ODC), the Chair of Community Engineering – FIUBA (CLIC), IPYPP and the Defender of Laburantes. The plaintiffs had also argued that the law “does not respect citizen participation required by the Urban Environmental Plan for the management of the City’s Land and Real Estate Bank.”

The ruling came out in the middle of the intense dispute between the Buenos Aires government and the Casa Rosada for the removal of the co-participation. In a context of budget cuts, the administration of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta – which hoped to be able to count on the money from the sale of the lands – adds a new setback that will affect its public coffers.

Alberto Fernández, Diego Santilli and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta
Alberto Fernández, Diego Santilli and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

To try to defuse the situation, in the last hours, The national government summoned Rodríguez Larreta to the Casa Rosada to agree on the resources that the City Police needs to function during 2021. He did so through a letter in which they stated 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 Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, and the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, were in charge of making the formal call, 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. The norm, approved a week ago in Deputies, takes away 1.18% of the money it receives from the national State from the Buenos Aires administration.

However, the discussion about public lands in the city of Buenos Aires is not new, at the beginning of the year, in January, the national government had already begun to put the magnifying glass on the transfer of 31 deeds corresponding to railway beaches and plots located in Caballito, Belgrano and Liniers and the concession of spaces under two viaducts, the Miter and the San Martín, in addition to the Paseo del Bajo and compensation for payments not made from the Nation.

Most of the properties were transferred at the end of 2018 by the government of Mauricio Macri as part of an agreement between both districts that proposed the delivery of these properties in exchange for the Buenos Aires management to take over the financing of the last stage of the Paseo del Bajo work.

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