The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, assured this Sunday that “there is no news” in relation to the future of the Barcelona-El Prat airport “nor a new proposal agreed within the Government” to reactivate the expansion of this infrastructure .
It was after this Saturday it emerged that the Ministry of Territory headed by the Catalan vice president, Jordi Puigneró, from Junts, is working on “various scenarios” to expand the airport, including one that reduces the impact on the protected area of La Ricarda but it affects a second natural area of the Natura 2000 Network of the European Union, the area of El Remolar.
“I will not enter to speculate with proposals that are not official”, has settled Aragonès, three days after Puigneró appears at his own request in Parliament to report on the operation to expand the airfield.
Last September, the Government of Pedro Sánchez decided to suspend the investment of 1,700 million euros in El Prat, which has no longer been included in the forecast of works in Spanish airports for the next five years approved at the end of September in the Minister council.
The Government argued the lack of support from the Government of Pere Aragonès to the expansion project proposed by Aena, which implied the extension of the third runway in the protected area of La Ricarda, which had raised the rejection of both ERC and United We Can and the ‘commons’. On the contrary, Junts and the Socialists were favorable to the works despite their environmental impact.
Once the project was suspended and when it was thought that the work had been left in a drawer, this Saturday La Vanguardia published that Puigneró wants to reopen the debate on the expansion of the airport with a proposal that contemplates that the expansion of the aforementioned runway should not be done alone towards the east, but also towards the west, in the area of El Remolar.
When asked about it, President Aragonès stressed that any initiative related to El Prat must be “worked on and agreed upon” within the Government. To this day, the president stressed, “there is no novelty” or a proposal “agreed upon in the Government.”