The head of Ecological Transition describes on Twitter as “shameful” what happened with the concentration of dozens of ships, while the councilor Marcos Ortuño calls his attitude “unpresentable”
The controversy over the illegal party held on August 20 next to the Isla del Ciervo, in the
Minor Sea, due to the concentration of dozens of boats and an unauthorized concert, grew this Saturday after the intervention of the Minister for the Ecological Transition and Third Vice President of the Government of Spain, Teresa Ribera. “This is shameful. Is there someone in the regional government who really cares about the #MarMenor and is willing to work seriously for its recovery?” Ribera wrote on the social network Twitter.
The festive meeting is being investigated by the Maritime Captaincy (of the Ministry of Transport) for administrative irregularities. In addition, the Civil Guard tries to clarify if there is a possible crime against the environment. Within these investigations, carried out by Seprona, the Benemérita already called the PP councilor in La Unión, Ginés Guzmán, who performed at the concert as a drummer for the group ‘El Sitio de mi Garage’, to testify. In addition, judicial sources indicated that the Prosecutor’s Office will open investigative proceedings, if Seprona finds evidence of criminal offense.
Ribera launched his reproach for the party, due to the possible damage to marine fauna and flora and to an ecosystem included in the Red Natura and protected by various regulations. But the minister did not stop there, but she questioned the regional government for its commitment to the regeneration of the lagoon.
Asked about these statements, the president of the Community, Fernando López Miras, stated this Saturday that it is “very surprising and worrying that the minister does not know what her powers are, and that in the Government itself they do not speak between ministers.” The president was thus referring to the complaint by the Unified Association of Civil Guards, which warned of the “impossibility” of monitoring the Mar Menor due to “lack of personnel.” This lack of means was also recalled by Miras, who asserted that the central government continues to “make excuses not to work, not to act and not to protect the Mar Menor.”
For his part, the Minister of the Presidency, Marcos Ortuño, also replied to the minister via Twitter: “I don’t know what is more worrying: that the minister is unaware of her responsibilities, that she does not listen to the association of civil guards or that she continues putting excuses to do nothing for the Mar Menor. Ortuño, who thus also made an amendment to the entirety of Ribera for his role in the recovery of the lagoon, concluded: “That attitude is unpresentable.”
Meanwhile, the associations ANSE and Ecologists in Action announced that they will file complaints for the alleged breach of the Law for the Protection of the Mar Menor and the comprehensive management plan for the lagoon. This Friday, the Minister of the Environment, Antonio Luengo, reiterated that his department lacks the powers to act in relation to Isla del Ciervo and lamented the passivity of the central government for not having intervened in time through the Maritime Captaincy and the Civil Guard.
I don’t know what is more worrying than the minister not knowing her responsibilities, not talking to the interior minister, not listening to the association of civil guards or continuing to make excuses for not doing anything for the Mar Menor.
Marcos Ortuño Soto (@MarcosOrtuno) August 27, 2022
Days ago, Podemos and PSOE called for Luengo’s resignation for having overlooked the illegality of the concentration of dozens of boats in the lagoon, defending it, and limiting itself to asking the occupants of the boats for “responsibility” regarding the management of waste and anchoring, so as not to cause environmental damage. Luengo publicly declared that it seems “totally reasonable and appropriate” for there to be meetings of boats “with a recreational purpose.”
Subsequently, and after the intervention of the regional president, Fernando López Miras, lamenting what happened and criticizing the central government for not having intervened, sources from the Community indicated that the counselor was referring to concentrations of legal ships. Maritime Captaincy sanctions concentrations of more than ten ships.
Yesterday you didn’t say anything when this news broke. 👇
I think there is no need to remind you on whom you depend.
We are still waiting for a preview of some of the performances that he promised.
Miriam Guardiola (@miriamguard) August 27, 2022
Guardiola asks “more staff”
From the PP of the Region of Murcia, its spokesperson and deputy, Miriam Guardiola, responded to the minister in this way: “Please, tell your government colleagues to provide them with more personnel. They have been claiming it for a long time. Thank you”.
From the AUGC they explained that some thirty troops work in this service, a figure that “decreases during the summer holidays.” “If there is already an insufficient workforce during the rest of the year to carry out their usual tasks of fighting irregular migration, drug trafficking, boat control or inspection of fishing activity, in the summer period the situation worsens much more” , they pointed out.
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