The Council of Ministers has again resorted to the contingency fund to finance the peace missions that Spain maintains abroad.
Specifically, the Government authorized the application of the contingency fund to finance credit modifications amounting to 550,263,279.08 euros. As usual for years, the most important part, long, correspond to the 548,480,000 euros that will be allocated to a credit extension in the Ministry of Defense to meet the costs incurred by the participation of the Spanish Armed Forces in peacekeeping operations.
The contingency fund is a mechanism to deal with unforeseen situations and which is often used by the Government (especially since 1998) to finance operations abroad, since the General State Budgets tend to allocate a very small amount to these missions.
The parliamentary groups have repeatedly requested in Congress that this model be changed and that the financing of the missions be included also in the item destined to Defense of the General Budgets.
In April 2017, the Ministry of Defense (at that time, with Dolores de Cospedal as owner) obtained a contingency fund of more than 704 million euros. Likewise, in the 2018 budgets a budget of only 314 million was allocated for peace missions, which forced the Government to approve in March (with Mariano Rajoy) and in October (with Pedro Sánchez) two contingency funds of more than 785 million (550 million and 235 million respectively) to finance these operations.
Last February, the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, announced in parliament that the Ministry was going to allocate 1.176 million euros for peace missions in 2019, 375 million directly from the Budgets and the remaining 801 million from the extensions of credit.