The Minister of Agriculture, Ecological Transition, Rural Development and Climate Emergency of the Generalitat Valenciana, Mireia Mollà, has criticized the investments announced this week by the Government in the Madrid and Barcelona airports with the reconstruction funds, since these “have to serve for the socio-economic recovery after the pandemic, but always betting on the ecological transition ”. “I don’t know how two airports can be expanded in an ecological way,” stated the policy of the Valencian left-wing collation Compromís on the 3,300 million planned to expand both infrastructures, 1,700 for El Prat de Barcelona and 1,600 for Barajas.
“Those 3,300 million would come in very handy for the ecological transition. They would be tremendously necessary to make a productive and ecological transition in the energy world, “he claimed, while pointing out that he had” more hope that the resilience fund was real and not a checkbook distribution to sew Spain. ” “Now we have sewn through the sky,” he added. “3,300 euros are almost ten times my budget,” he remarked after a press conference on the increase in organic production in the Valencian countryside.
The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, during her speech this Wednesday. In video, statements by the minister where she defends that the expansion of the El Prat airport “will necessarily be compatible with environmental preservation.”
Mollà’s is not the only critical voice that has been raised since this Monday the investment for the Josep Tarradellas-Barcelona-El Prat airport was announced, after the meeting of the State bilateral commission with the Generalitat. Several parliamentary partners to the left of the PSOE have shown doubts, if not rejection, about the expansion of airport infrastructures. Starting with United We Can, the Government partner. Juantxo López de Uralde, deputy of that formation, has assured this Wednesday in an interview on Cadena Ser that “expanding El Prat is not a correct decision.” The environmental deputy has mentioned “the impact on neighboring ecosystems, specifically against the Llobregat delta”, the “climate emergency” and the “unknowns” about mobility after the covid as factors to oppose the project.
On Tuesday night, on the same radio station, it was the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, who was “critical of the form and content” of the expansion announcement. This, he said, “sounds like the hit of a lifetime” and seems “an absolute nonsense.” The mayor said that what was presented responds to “a developmental model that increases emissions” and that will promote “mass tourism that the territory can no longer take on.” Colau, however, asked to return to the institutional dialogue table with representatives of the different levels of the Administration to, with “rigor, data and reports”, study the expansion and find a consensus.
Opposition of the European Greens
The Catalan Minister for Business and Labor, Roger Torrent (ERC), has insisted in an interview with the Efe agency that it is “essential” that there be dialogue with local and regional authorities (the mayor of El Prat, Lluís Mitjoler, also opposed in his day to the extension to affect a protected lagoon of the Natura 2000 network). The consensus is “fundamental”, added Torrent, who added that the airport is a factor of competitiveness for the Catalan economy and has demanded that the State hand over the management of the facilities to the Generalitat.
The defense of the future infrastructure by the socialist part of the Government has corresponded this Wednesday to the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero. In statements also to Efe, he has argued that the expansion is convenient for the Spanish economy and that “it will necessarily be compatible with environmental preservation.” For this reason, Montero has launched a “message of calm and tranquility” to those who see the investment incompatible with the ecological transition.
Among the latter is the group of The Greens in the European Parliament. “As European Greens we reject the expansion project and express our strongest opposition to an infrastructure model in total contradiction to the Paris Agreement. [de lucha contra el cambio climático] and with the climate objectives of the European Green Pact ”, they say in a statement. In it, MEP Evelyne Huytebroeck, co-president of the European Green Party, asks the European Commission “to oppose the project” and not give it the essential placet. And it also demands “that the Catalan and Spanish governments take the necessary measures to promote greater protection of the delta. [del río Llobregat]”.