The regional government and 37 entities of the Region sign an agreement that indicates the priority actions “govern who governs”
The regional government and 37 economic and social entities of the Region of Murcia have signed the Social Agreement on Infrastructure, a document in which they point out a series of “strategic and inalienable” actions for the future of the Autonomous Community.
The head of the Executive, Fernando López Miras, signed the agreement on Monday at the Palacio de San Esteban and reported that this Tuesday, during the Debate on the State of the Region, he will invite all political groups to join. Priority is the support of the PSOE, since it is the party that governs the State Administration, on which the vast majority of infrastructures that have been included depend on the budget.
The document intends that the Juan de la Cierva International Airport be opened to the transport of goods, as well as that the Aeronautical Activities Zone be developed and the national and international lines be increased. As for the Port of Cartagena, the El Gorguel terminal for containers is included, in order to form the port city “as a logistics node on the Mediterranean façade, increasing its capacity for the movement and multimodal management of goods.”
As for highways, the interior connection with Andalusia (Jumilla-Venta del Olivo,-Caravaca-Puebla de Don Fadrique and Cúllar) is included in the Pact, as well as the construction of the North Arch, the Northwest Arch, the Beniel motorway, the Reguerón dual carriageway, the third lane of the A-7 to Puerto Lumbreras, the Lorca-Caravaca dual carriageway and the Mazarrón Bay high-capacity highway, among other actions.
The Mediterranean Corridor has special relevance in the Pact. The continuity of the merchandise corridor (today stopped in Monforte) towards Murcia, Cartagena and Andalusia is required. The arrival of the High Speed to Cartagena and Lorca is also demanded, as well as the integral burial in the municipality of Murcia. The document calls for the improvement of the railway connection with Madrid through Albacete, through the splitting and electrification of the Murcia-Cieza line, so that passenger trains can run at 250 kilometers per hour.
The improvement of the neighborhoods occupies a prominent role in the Pact for the Infrastructures of the Region of Murcia. It is proposed to improve the service between Murcia and Cartagena, as well as with Lorca and Alicante.
Another section of the Infrastructure Pact is made up of internal mobility, with a strategy to avoid accidents that aims to better maintain roads and a road safety plan, as well as a strategy for green roads, to adapt them to climate change.
The Social Pact for Infrastructures includes the creation of a monitoring commission with all the signatory entities, which will hold regular meetings to check the evolution of the infrastructures contained in the document. In addition, a Strategic Framework for Transport Infrastructures in the Region will be drawn up that establishes the necessary procedures for each project (roadmap) setting its economic quantification and those responsible for each milestone.
The Community undertakes to include in the regional budgets the items for projects that are financed jointly with the State Administration, as well as to work “loyally” with it to obtain the necessary financing.
The president of the Community, Fernando López Miras, stressed that it is “the largest social pact in terms of infrastructure in Spain, which will be a lever for a rapid and solid economic recovery in the Region of Murcia.” “It is about avoiding changes of direction or criteria that end up delaying those infrastructures, or worse still, that they do not finish arriving,” explained the chief executive, who added that the document represents “the unique voice of the Region of Murcia, which demands and demands that words and promises become deeds».
On behalf of Croem was his vice president, Alfonso Hernández Zapata, replacing José María Albarracín, who could not attend. He stressed that it is “a minimum pact” for which he hopes there will be a “political agreement.”
The general secretary of the UGT in the Region of Murcia, Antonio Jiménez, highlighted that the union has managed to include road accidents and the improvement of the Cercanías in the Pact, while Santiago Navarro, regional leader of the Workers’ Commissions, highlighted that a a document like this will serve to avoid failed infrastructures such as the Corvera Airport and the Cartagena Vera highway. Navarro took the opportunity to request that the next agreement with the Government be “a powerful industrial plan.”
In addition to the regional government, the agreement has been signed by the Regional Confederation of Business Organizations of Murcia (CROEM), Cartagena (COEC) and Lorca (CECLOR); the unions of the Workers’ Commissions of the Region (CCOO) and the General Union of Workers of the Region (UGT); the Chambers of Commerce of Murcia, Cartagena and Lorca, and the Union of Cooperatives of the Region (Ucomur).
It has also been signed by the Federation of Municipalities of the Region, the Cartagena Port Authority, and numerous business federations, such as the Transport Federation (FROET); Construction (FRECOM); Metal (FREMM); FERRMED; Association of Promoters of the Region (APIRM); Chamber of Public Works Contractors of the Region and the Construction Technology Center (CTCON).
Other associations that have adhered to the pact are the Association of Autonomous Workers of the Region; the Circle of Economy; the Association of Directors of the Region (Adimur), and the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of the Region (AJE). In the academic field, the University of Murcia (UMU), the Polytechnic of Cartagena (UPCT), and the San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM) stand out, as well as different professional associations, such as those of Economists or Architects, among others.
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