San Fulgencio council’s controversial awarding of a 16-million-euro garbage collection contract has been backed by the central contractual court operated by the Ministry of Finance in Madrid.

They stated that there was no case to answer in every stage of the process, and the award to UTE Entorno Urbano y Medio Ambiente-Acciona stands.

The 22-year contract was voted on by the council before Christmas, with two opposition parties and an unsuccessful tender bidder, taking the matter to the contractual court over allegations of proper procedures not being followed in the tender process.

San Fulgencio Mayor, Carlos Ramírez, said at the time that “everything was done legally”, and the court’s decision had given him added strength to continue in his position.

Ramírez was  sentenced in the autumn to eight years of disqualification from public office for prevarication, but is in the process of making an appeal.

He quit the Partido Popular and five of his PP colleagues were thrown out of the party, but they continue to rule San Fulgencio with a majority along with a UPyD councillor.

The Mayor told the Información newspaper that the main opposition parties, the PSOE and PIPN, who brought forward the legal action over the rubbish tender, were “obsessed with him”.

“In two elections I’ve had the biggest votes ever to become mayor of San Fulgencio, and despite what the PSOE and PIPN say, I remain calm, and I hope to be acquitted by the Provincial Court over the prevarication ruling. There is no corruption here,” added Ramírez.

“The more the opposition tells me to resign, the more determined I am to stay.”

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