SPAIN’S financial problems are starting to evidence themselves in diverse and unexpected ways. In the last few months the Courts in Valencia ground to a halt when as they hadn’t paid their postal bills. The Spanish Post Office refused to deliver and collect mail from the Courts.
Now the same thing has happened with the Courts in Alicante, and away from the postal debts of the Courts, the actual opening of new Courts has ground to a halt.
The costs of building and running Courts is split between Central and Regional government, and both being strapped for cash, has resulted in the postponement of the opening of several Courts. Fifteen in all in Valencia region alone, according to the online version of Spanish daily laverdad.es
Predictable accusations fly between Madrid and Valencia as to where the blame lies for this financial embarrassment.
The current crisis will only worsen, as not only are there the post problems, and the fifteen unopened Courts, but Central Government has designated that the Valencia region is short some 63 Courts. The reality is that if the stamps can’t be paid for, there will be no money any time soon, to pay for new buildings and staff. The queues and waiting lists will only get longer.
By Paul Deed