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Abel Caballero believes that eliminating Christmas lights would be “nonsense” and proposes turning them on one hour less to save

The mayor of Vigo, Abel Caballero, does not abandon his defense of the Christmas lighting of the city that he promotes so much year after year. Next Christmas, despite the context of the crisis and plans to save energy, the decorations will continue to illuminate the streets of the center. Not doing so would be “nonsense”, according to the councilman, who argues that this “makes the economy work”. His measure to reduce consumption is to turn on the lights one hour less, with which he calculates a saving of 14%, which, he says, is more than what the European Union is asking for.

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In an interview on Cadena SER, Caballero, who is also the president of the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), insists that turning off the Christmas lights “would mean that Putin won.” As an alternative to save, he suggests that the municipalities adopt a measure “very cheap and that could be financed with European funds”, which is to replace the lights with LEDs.

The mayor has not clarified whether he is going to attend the meeting called by the president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, who is going to make a round with all the councilors of the cities in which he has decided that they will be, for the first time turn, the territorial delegates of the Galician Government. In the case of Vigo, that representative of the Xunta, Marta Fernández-Tapias, is also the PP candidate for the municipal elections of 2023, in which all parties already have their sights set. Caballero rejects her presence in a meeting that she considers should be bilateral. “I think that what Rueda is trying to do is generate a problem of forms so as not to have to enter into the disregard of the Xunta in Vigo. He tries to change the focus, but also something else: he tries to convey that we mayors matter little”, he protested.

In addition, the councilor from Vigo has made an evaluation of the months that Rueda has been at the head of the Xunta. “This is getting worse than with Feijóo, which seemed almost impossible to me,” he said.