The Spanish Government rules out expanding El Prat due to the lack of support from the Government



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The Generalitat did not endorse the expansion of the airport because, among other things, if the works destroyed the La Ricarda lagoon, an area protected by the European Natura 2000 network.

The Spanish Government has decided to stop the investment of 1.7 billion euros scheduled at the Barcelona-El Prat Airport due to the lack of support from the Government, which has denounced this “new disloyalty” of the Executive and has qualified the operation of “blackmail”.

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Rachel Sanchez, announced this Wednesday the suspension of the project in an emergency appearance in Barcelona, ​​after the Government assured last weekend that I would not endorse an airport expansion that “Destroy” the La Ricarda lagoon and that ERC has decided to attend the demonstration called for September 19 against the Aena project.

Raquel Sánchez has confessed that the latest statements by the Catalan president, Pere Aragonès, and the ERC spokesperson, Marta Vilalta, criticism of the expansion project, have been “very surprised”, so the Government considers that the pact reached on August 2 has been “broken” to carry out said investment “for a loss of confidence manifests “.

“It is impossible to bring to fruition a large-scale project like this without clear and seamless support from the Generalitat,” said the minister, who considers it “clear” that the Government “does not have a mature decision on this great investment. “, given that in recent days” his position has changed “and ERC even proposes to participate in a demonstration against the works.

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Through Twitter, the president Pere Aragonès has accused the Spanish Government and Aena of having carried out a “blackmail operation” without a real will to “invest in Catalonia” nor to convert the Barcelona-El Prat Airport into an international “hub”.

“It has been verified that Aena and the Spanish Government were only willing to make the expansion if it was as they have intended from the beginning, destroying a protected natural area and without listening to the territory or the Government of the Generalitat,” he wrote.

The unions CC.OO. and UGT have described as “disaster” the announcement and have demanded the reopening of the negotiations “without the partisan battle.”

On August 2, the Spanish Government reached an agreement with the Generalitat to launch the project to convert El Prat into a hub for intercontinental flights through the construction of a new satellite terminal and the extension of the third runway by 500 meters, which would force them to invade the La Ricarda pond, in the Llobregat Delta, an area protected by the European Natura 2000 network.

From the beginning, the El Prat expansion project has had numerous detractors, such as environmental and agricultural associations and mayors, such as that of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, and that of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler, who has celebrated the announcement as “a small victory” and has considered that “common sense prevails.”

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