Monday, September 20

The Generalitat accuses the Government of “disloyalty” for paralyzing the expansion of El Prat

The Vice President of the Generalitat, Jordi Puigneró, has accused the Government of “disloyalty” for halting the expansion of the El Prat Airport. “They have unilaterally broken an agreement that represented an important investment for Catalonia,” he said about the pact to allocate 1.7 billion until 2030 to extend one of the runways and build a satellite terminal for T1.

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“Once again the State does not comply with Catalonia. We wonder how they want us to not be independentists if they neither invest nor let us invest,” said Puigneró in an emergency appearance from Brussels. Even so, it has not closed the door to redirecting the situation and has ruled out that this turn will affect the development of the dialogue table between the two executives.

Puigneró has remarked that the agreement that they closed with the Ministry of Transport on August 2 has not been modified and that the protected natural areas, such as the Ricarda lagoon, were “untouchable.”

On the other hand, the vice president, of Junts, has also been “angry” at the “confusion” generated in recent days by statements such as Marta Vilalta, from ERC, who opened the door to demonstrate against the airport. Although without explicitly citing it, he has answered questions from journalists who have transferred it to the president of the Government.

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, announced this Wednesday afternoon that she will withdraw the expansion of the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport from the Airport Regulation Document (DORA) that must be approved by the Council of Ministers By the end of September. “The pact has been broken due to a manifest loss of confidence, it is impossible to bring a project of this magnitude to fruition without clear and determined support from the Generalitat,” Sánchez assured.

The Minister has regretted that the Generalitat has opposed in recent days the plans for the expansion of the airport envisaged in the DORA. “We have learned that members of the Generalitat may attend the demonstration against this project,” he highlighted in reference to the statements of the ERC spokesperson, Marta Vilalta.

In early August, the Government closed an agreement with Vice President Puigneró by which an investment of 1,700 million euros was guaranteed not only to lengthen the third runway – and thus improve the international connections of the airfield – but to also build a Satellite Terminal for the T1. DORA was to include 364 of these millions for the period 2022-2026.

But the controversy around the protected areas that it is going to affect has blown it up. The ministry always understood and explained that the expansion meant affecting the Ricarda lagoon and its surroundings, which are the Natura 2000 Network, and that this was going to be compensated environmentally. But from the Generalitat they stated after learning about the DORA that this space could not be damaged

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