PLANS in order to privatise Tenerife’ s three publicly-owned casinos appear to have been abandoned, carrying out a change in the island’ s Cabildo government.

This news was welcomed by the left-wing Temos a possibilidade de party and the Spanish General Worker’ s Union (UGT), who have compared the decision to sell Casino Playa sobre las Americas, Casino Santa Johnson de Tenerife, and Casino Puerto de la Cruz, since it was initially announced.

“ UGT Canarias regrets that this previous Government, led by Carlos Alonso, wasted time and general public resources in pursuit of this privatisation plan, ” said Agustí n Meliá n, Works Council President associated with Casinos de Tenerife.

Marí a José Belda, head of Sí Temos a possibilidade de Canarias, also lauded the termination, saying: “ It’ s the victory and great news for the 150-plus Casinos de Tenerife employees (and their families), who can retain their particular jobs in a publicly-owned company that is, and will continue to be, extremely profitable. ”

Early in September, Aaró and Afonso, Island Director of Co-ordination, and Assistant to the Council Leader, revealed that just one company acquired made a bid for the casinos.

Last Nov, it had been reported that Global Internet casino Technology Corporation, Pama e Hijos, Olympic Entertainment Group and Automá ticos Canarias-Grupo Orenes, had used on tender for the properties. “ The particular political decision needs to be taken, whether or not the divestiture continues or not, ” stated Afonso.

A week prior to this, it had been confirmed that the Provincial Prosecutor’ h Office had filed an issue with Tenerife’ s Senior Courtroom, requesting an investigation of Gildo Herná ndez, Director of Casinos sobre Tenerife.

The prosecutor is, reportedly, seeking to see if there is sufficient basis to produce a charge of malfeasance (wrong-doing) plus misappropriation of public funds.

The problem makes reference to irregularities found in audits of the three casinos, from this year to 2014, along with certain, exceptional questions relating to the awarding associated with contracts to suppliers and other companies, and the acquisition of assets, unrelated towards the business.

It isn’ t the 1st time these allegations have materialised. Temos a possibilidade de Councillor Julio Concepció n submitted a complaint previously with the Commission rate for Government Transparency in the Canaries, in protest at Tenerife Cabildo’ s refusal to release documents about the casinos’ administration in July 2018.

“ The failure to deliver the required files obstructs an independent audit… that documents are key to making clear matters related to the ruinous administration of Casinos Pú blicos sobre Tenerife, ” he said.

Concepció n also drew attention to exactly what he characterised as serious flaws in the venues’ accounts, revealed within the 2012 to 2014 audits. Explaining them as “ impermissible in public areas companies”, he argued that they acquired affected the financial management from the casinos negatively, and had also afflicted on staffing.

In a similar vein, the particular UGT alleged that many unrelated general public works had been charged to Internet casinos de Tenerife, explaining the company’ s losses in recent years. “ The particular casinos generate profits annually, and their own privatisation is not justified under any circumstances, ” argued the union.

Another key point associated with contention, for both Podemos as well as the UGT, was the asking price for the attributes. “ The Council previously place one of the casinos up for sale for € 20m and now they’ re promoting three for € 24m, ” said Meliá n. The marriage commissioned its own financial report at the properties, valuing them at € 43. 7m.

Carlos Alonso, previous Tenerife Cabildo President, was the main architect of the sale, which notable the culmination of the regional government’ s Plan for the Restructuring plus Streamlining of the Public Enterprise Industry, first approved in March this year.

Nevertheless , a contentious change of authorities this July, which saw the particular Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) under Pedro Martí n Domí nguez, take power in a coalition with the Ciudadanos party, put the selling plans under renewed scrutiny.

Information that the Cabildo was prepared to have a fresh look at the sale plans fulfilled with strong criticism from the regionalist Canarian Coalition (CC) party in the beginning of September.

In a strongly-worded declaration, the CC decried the decision because illogical, claiming it was simply designed to win the support of 3 Podemos councillors.

“ We’ ve formerly warned that the Council was going to become held hostage by the far-left, as well as populist politics, ” the celebration asserted.

“ It’ s incongruous the PSOE should decide to revisit your decision to sell the casinos, when they on their own formed part of it, given that they have got participated in government for the past 8 years.

“ Taking this into consideration, it’ s nonsensical that they ought to claim they are not in agreement with all the decision, in light of the fact that they had currently approved it. ”

A earlier proposal to privatise the island’ s casinos was unveiled in-may 2013, when Alonso was helping as Tourism Minister.

While the Cabildo moved forward with these plans within 2014, holding a licence soft for Casino Playa de Todas las Americas, the property failed to attract any kind of bidders, and, similarly, the purchase met with strong resistance through opposition politicians and union authorities.

 

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