If there was one place in Galicia where it seemed unlikely that the PP and PSOE would reach an agreement, it was Orense. And yet, it is in this province that the two major parties have shown that yes, that They are still able to understand and agree. It was ratified on Friday during the plenary session of the Provincial Council, where, with the abstention of the socialists, both the orzamentos for 2024 (96 million euros) and the new financing model in cooperation with the 91 municipalities, called Plan CooperOU, were approved. , says goodbye to nominal subsidies and adopts a single model, with homogeneous distribution criteria. Even though it was in the microcosm of Ourense, it was clear that political colors can still be put aside in this era of trenches. Somehow, means tearing down the type of “wall” that Congress has asked to be erected, during the nomination debate, the candidate for re-election Pedro Sánchez.

“We are aware of having sent a message which, we hope, will germinate in other administrations”Luis Menor, president of the Provincial Council of Orense, evaluates for ABC. And he says that, given “what more than 80 or 85% of Spaniards are voting for, they should really be the parties that agree on the big issues that everyone is demanding, but at the moment, unfortunately, this agreement is an exception. » At the national level, there is more emphasis on what separates us than on what unites us (…). We have given priority to the general interest, to that of our neighbors, our mayors, in short, the province as a whole; and this is what must take precedence, we are in politics to be useful”, also declares to the newspaper Álvaro Vila, socialist spokesperson in the Provincial Council. And he adds: “I call for the search for meetings in all parties , in all institutions.”

The aftertaste of 28M

That an understanding of this type, even if it is “punctual”, as Vila emphasizes, is surprising is, in itself, symptomatic. But we cannot isolate it from context. Orense has become the black sheep of Galician politics. In particular, the capital, since the arrival of the heterodox and controversial Gonzalo Pérez Jácome, leader of Democracia Ourensana, at town hall. As communicating vessels, the governability of the Community’s third city also affected the control of the Provincial Council; both in 2019 and 2023, with and without Manuel Baltar in the equation.

Six months ago, the chess game resumed in Santiago, and the good personal relations between the respective local candidates of the PP and PSOE, Manuel Cabezas and Paco Rodríguez, were not of much use. Both shared a diagnosis: Jácome’s mandate – with the entry and exit of the PP in a government in decline – had led to four years of paralysis that could not be repeated. His good feeling even fueled the entelechy, if the figures showed it, of this grand coalition which seems taboo in Spain – especially now, with the dynamiting of certain already broken bridges. We know how it ended –Cabezas left at the end of August, after washing his hands of the PPdeG agreement with Jácome, which Rodríguez called “infamy”, “dirty game” and “miserable” -.

The local environment, to which is added the national context, seasoned by the proximity of regional elections, was so far from being the most favorable that it is all the more evident that the PP and the PSOE managed to agree on the new funding model at the provincial level. Advice, such and how they had already advanced last Monday. The respective regional directorates were aware of this and gave their agreement. This was expressed by the PSdeG candidate for the Xunta, José Ramón Besteiro, speaking of “good news” during a visit to Orense on Wednesday. “It is something that we, socialists, present to all the Galician councils and now we must also address it to the government,” he expressed in electoral language, according to EP. Those with the fist and the rose are also very successful at the local level. “The final proposal (…) was practically the initial proposal made by the PSOE,” defends Vila. His party assures that if this project – which is not “100%” theirs, nor a “blank check” for the PP, they specify – was able to come to fruition, it is thanks to his “generosity” and his determination; the culmination of decades of work responding to “historic demand”. “It’s part of the political game”, Menor, mayor of Pereiro de Aguiar, downplays the importance of the fact that his colleague Vila, municipal councilor of Taboadela, wears the medal.

Although Jácome is marginalized by the pact, the president of the Orense Provincial Delegation emphasizes that He offered to negotiate with all groups once he took office and announced a change in model.. And he welcomes the fact that the one who had the “will” to reach an agreement, “above the differences”, to “negotiate seriously and with all the consequences”, is the PSOE. Unlike DO and BNG, who chose to distance themselves. In any case, the PP returns the ball with the “arbitrary and discretionary management of funds” managed by the socialists at the state level, including those in Brussels.

“Here we were united in working for the province,” synthesizes Minor. “The only thing we put into it is a little common sense,” Vila adds. Ourense, finally, is positive news. And it sends a powerful message to Galicia and all of Spain.