The recovery process in Madrid after the storm Filomena has caused a new political gap between the regional and central governments, this time at the cost of the military deployment in the Community. This confrontation is based on whether the decision to go to alert level 1 supposes the withdrawal of the Military Emergency Unit (UME); Moncloa considers it that way, but the regional team denies the greatest. All this through public communications and messages on social networks.
The starting point of the discrepancies is set at 10.30 a.m. this Monday. Is at that moment when the Community of Madrid communicates that it passes to alert level 1. The Madrid 112 Security and Emergencies Agency also makes it public through social networks.
“After the meeting of the monitoring committee of the winter inclement plan, the decision has been made to go to level 1, so that the Autonomous Community of Madrid will continue to support the municipalities and will continue working with its own services in maintaining security “, says its director, Carlos Novillo.
From there come the discrepancies between both parties, which are made public through social networks and communications. According to SER, the regional government communicates to the central the resignation of the UME aid. Carlos Novillo himself categorically denies this claim:
This is false. The withdrawal of the UME has not been requested. It has been decided to go down to level 1 in the monitoring committee together with representatives of @FedMMadrid@DGobiernoMadrid and @UMEgob Further agreed with @civil protection If the municipalities request help from UME, it will be processed. https://t.co/7Q35NTLiNYpic.twitter.com/P8HAXaRMZn– Carlos Novillo Piris (@CarlosNovilloPi) January 18, 2021
Enrique Lopez, Minister of Justice, Interior and Victims of the Community of Madrid, manifests himself in this same sense.
We have not deactivated the UME. The Being must rectify. We cannot allow anything or anyone to cloud the loyal collaboration between administrations in #Filomena. At alert level 1, we continue to support the municipalities with our resources and, if necessary, with the UME. pic.twitter.com/qkL7DqLDQV– Enrique López (@EnriqueLopezJIV) January 18, 2021
But from the central government they disagree with this version and the Ministry of Interior launches a statement in which it states that the move to level 1 automatically implies the withdrawal of the UME. “The Community of Madrid, within the scope of its powers, has decided this Monday morning to de-escalate its Emergency Plan, going from level 2 to alert level 1. This means that the Community of Madrid decides not to use the means of the State, including those of the Military Emergency Unit, for recovery work after the storm and the cold wave. “
The department that directs Fernando Grande-Marlaska states that the decision of the Community of Madrid “is binding” for all city councils in the region: “The Community of Madrid has officially notified the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Interior, which in turn it has communicated it to the Ministry of Defense for the appropriate purposes. “
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