The PS Algarve Regional Federation welcomed the conclusions of the Independent Commission for Decentralization, urging António Costa to take on regionalization as an objective if he wins the October Legislatives.
In its report, released yesterday, the commission led by João Cravinho points to the formal beginning of the process of regionalization of the country "as a way to combat problems of development and effectiveness in public services."
In a statement, Luís Graça, deputy, mayor of Faro and PS / Algarve, stressed that the creation of administrative regions “is a constitutional imperative”.
"The creation of intermediate levels of state administration should be taken in the next political cycle by the PS as the natural and subsequent step after the decentralization process implemented in these four years by the government of António Costa," added the socialist leader.
The leader of the PS / Algarve points out that, in this mandate, the government undertook “a profound reform of the state, with the transfer of a very significant set of competences from central government to municipalities”.
Following the reinforcement of the role of the municipalities, Luís Graça points out, “the creation of an intermediate level of administration that guarantees an overview and solutions to problems that are supra-municipal” is still missing.
Putting itself “at the forefront of the defense of regionalization”, PS / Algarve understands that the creation of the Algarve Administrative Region “is an identity objective and founder of the PS itself in the Algarve”.
The solutions proposed by the Independent Commission for Decentralization on the creation of administrative regions, their model and even a timetable for their gradual implementation deserve the approval of the Algarve socialists.