The spokeswoman for the central Executive alleges that the crisis “is not the result of a weekend”, but “the consequence of a very long period of inaction and permissiveness of actions that are harmful to the environment” by the regional government
The Council of Ministers ruled out in its meeting on Tuesday the declaration of a catastrophic zone for the Mar Menor. The issue was on the table since this weekend, but the central government finally refused to include the lagoon among other areas of Spain devastated by the fires this summer, according to the spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, at a press conference.
Rodríguez claimed that the Mar Menor crisis «
It is not a matter of a day, what is happening in the Mar Menor has not been the result of a weekend». «It is the consequence of a very long period of inaction, of
permissiveness of actions harmful to the environment“And” lack of compliance by the Government of the Region of Murcia. ” And he insisted on that line: “It is a fraudulent consent to an irregular situation that is being harmful to the environment and to the Mar Menor.”
The spokesperson and Minister of Territorial Policy expressed forcefully in her justification. In this sense, Rodríguez reiterated that to solve the current situation “the first thing is to end the spills.” That is to say, ”
go to the source of the problem», Which he described as
“A true natural drama” that “affects the economy and the reputation of the tourism sector”. And after the cross accusations of these days about the competences of each administration, he stressed the “commitment” of the central government and defended that “it has done as far as it could do.”
As an example, Isabel Rodríguez explained that 8,000 illegal hectares have been identified and 800 files have been instructed by Seprona and the Prosecutor’s Office, but she charged against the regional Executive because “it is not processing them.” «
It is not a fight of competences, but rather a abandonment of the exercise of the competences entrusted to the Government of the Region of Murcia», He added. The spokeswoman concluded by pointing out that the effects of this crisis “are injuring other farmers and other economic agents who are complying with the rules.”
The president of the National Executive, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Sunday that the first Council of Ministers after the summer period would declare areas seriously affected by civil protection emergencies, as it is officially called, “the autonomous communities that have suffered fires throughout this summer and other types of natural disasters. Sánchez made these statements during his visit to Navalacruz (Ávila), a town ravaged by fire this August, and did not mention the Mar Menor. But sources from La Moncloa pointed out to LA TRUTH that the possibility of including the lagoon had to be “analyzed.” The regional president, Fernando López Miras, also demanded that the Government take this decision. Finally, the Council of Ministers limited the declaration to 13 autonomies affected by the fires.
The name has great significance because it implies financial aid to affected people and companies. The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, will give more details on this matter on Wednesday, when she visits the surroundings of the Mar Menor to meet with the agents involved in the defense of the lagoon, as the spokeswoman recalled in her press conference.