Announced legal action to recover loans from European associations Asael’s partners in many projects. The European Commission investigates.
ASAEL: THE GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS WILL PERSONALLY PAY OFF DEBTS
It's a moral issue that mighthave affect the local and regional elections in Aragon
The members of the Governing Board of Asael, the Association of municipalities of Aragon Region (Spain) that was dissolved in late 2009 swept away by a scandal, former President Jesus Alone in the head, will be liable personally for debts left.
ALDA, with its other partners, decided to take legal action on the basis of the Spanish Law on Associations (the "Ley Org�nica 1 / 2002, de 22 de marzo, reguladora del Derecho de Asociaci�n).
“We are forced to choose the legal way -said Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA-because all our efforts to resolve the issue amicably have not been successful. The Aragon institutions we questioned, as Asael was an association of local authorities, ignored our calls or answered that the issue does not concern them. A rubber wall has been raised around Asael and its administrators that were all mayors of Aragon towns".
But the Spanish Law on Associations is clear and says that administrators are responsible of debts of their Association debts, caused by malicious reasons, and also for culpable negligence, and that they have to pay with their personal assets.
"It's clear-stated the Director of Alda, AntonellaValmorbida- that during the Sol� management of Asael, in recent years none of the administratos has exercised effective control, to avoid accumulating debts and that European funds were not used for the purpose for which they were assigned to Asael, to support project activities".
The projects were developed in the years 2008-2009 and were Bandair,Emanzipar and Eclau. The other ALDA members partners of the project managed by Asael were the province of Reggio Emilia (Italy), the City of Bydgoszcz (Poland), Baltisfem (Lithuania), the Local Councils' Association, Association of Municipalities (Malta), the Institute of Enterpreneurship, an NGO (Greece), the Association for the development of mountain communities (Bulgaria).
The credit of ALDA and its partners amounts around to 115.000 � (ALDA 30,180, City of Bydgoszcz 31,000, Baltifem, 24,000, Institute of Enterpreuneurship, 9,700, Province of Reggio Emilia 9,000, Association for Development of Mountain Municipalities, 9,000, Local Councils'Association, 1,800).
This is an amount of money that� Asael has to pay to its partners for activities under the project, personal taxes, social contributions. Some of them could have lots of serious financial difficulties if they will not be paid.
"We believethatthesituationhasbeenlargelyoverlookedbyeveryonehereinAragon -stillsaystheDirectorofALDA, AntonellaValmorbida-by the risk thatit mayhaveinrelationswith the European Community. TheCommission'srepresentative officein Madridisawareof whathappenedandsharesour position. TheCommission's anti-fraud officeisinvestigatingpossibleembezzlementofwhich has been discussedinnewspapersin the region.Wearewillingtogoall the wayto guarantee ourrights,andwebelievethatit’ll be hard that any other European project could have partnersentitiessuch astheAragoneseFamcp, oneofwhichvicepresident is thecurrentPresidentofAsael, whoseresponsibilities, ifnotforSol�’smanagement facts, is nowduetoeludeanyresponse. "
Asael'sformerpartnersdo not understandhowinstitutionsandpolitical forcesin Aragon do not exerciseall is in their powertosuccessfullyresolvetheissue, which also includesformer employeesofAsaelremainedwithoutpayment.
"We know that the formerpresidentofAsael, JesusSol�, wasvery closetothe President ofPAR, Jos�AngelBiel, whoisvice presidentandspokesman oftheregional government, and thatthe majorityofmembersofMunicipality member ofAsaelwereledbymayorsof thePAR. CanthePAR, whichwill celebrateitscongress in the next days -stillsaysAntonellaValmorbida-ignorethemoral issueinternally? And do theotherparties ingovernmentandin the oppositionnothave the heart tosafeguard the imageof the regionofAragonin Europe? Andhow dothey believe that, at theupcomingMay elections,theycannominate again those outgoing mayors responsible for thisfailure? "
These are questions which the public of the region should demand answers, because the ethics of elected representatives and the institutions they governedhas been called into question.
"We regret being forced to give public evidence of this situation - concluded the Director of ALDA, AntonellaValmorbida-but silence would be complicit in unlawful conduct. And we are even more regretful for the thirty years of historyof Asael, its efficient staff and the president himself Sol�, who we always had, until these facts have emerged, a very good account on. Asael was our partner and Sol� was a member of our Board. It's a real shame that things have had this outcome."