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 Orgnica 1 / 2002, de 22 de marzo, reguladora del Derecho de
Asociacin).

“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, JosAngelBiel, 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.”

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 Orgnica 1 / 2002, de 22 de marzo, reguladora del Derecho de
Asociacin).

“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, JosAngelBiel, 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.”