“At the moment we are still far from what we set ourselves as a goal, we are around 50 [autos de transferência assinados], that is to say, we have more than doubled what we had at the start of the legislature," said Marta Temido after a meeting with the mayors of the Metropolitan Area of Porto (AMP), in which the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa, is also present.
Reaffirming that she was "far from the goal" she had set, the government official understood that "all that remains is to continue working".
Marta Temido confessed that there are practical and structural aspects that need to be improved in terms of transfer files, and then there are more operational issues.
“These questions relate to aspects such as insurance, the health expenses of the people to be transferred and the possibility of having vehicles belonging to the municipalities driven by professionals who are not from the municipalities,” he said.
Saying that the Government is committed to responding to the concerns of mayors, the Minister of Health stressed that this is “a first step and not the last”.
The transfer of competences to municipal councils was contested by several mayors, who generally approved the areas proposed by the government, but pointed to the funds that accompanied them as insufficient, accusing the government of transferring competences without them. respective "financial resources". envelope” to meet the new responsibilities, and warned that this could jeopardize the finances of the municipalities.
The delay in the publication of the diplomas led to the postponement of the deadline granted to the municipalities to definitively assume these powers, from January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. In the case of Social Action, the sectoral diploma having already been published this year, The deadline has been extended until the end of this year.
As of April 1, while municipalities were supposed to definitively assume competences in health and education, less than half of the eligible municipalities (201 in health and 278 in education) had voluntarily assumed competences.
As for the 17 remaining powers, the Government considered them transferred on January 1, 2021, in the areas of Culture, Housing, Justice, Citizen Service, Management of public real estate, Channels of communication, beaches, port areas, transport on inland waterways. , Co-management of protected areas, Civil protection, Local police, Fire safety, Public parking, Games of fortune and chance, Tree planting and reforestation and Firefighter associations.
JCR/SVF // JAP