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El Prat remains without expansion: the Minister of Transport considers the project “parked”

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Rachel Sanchez, has given for «Parked» the expansion project of the airport of El Prat-Barcelona for “the lack of consensus.” In his opinion, the project “requires a broad agreement” and that in reality it does not start with its own government partners, as evidenced by the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy closing her opposition to the expansion. Yolanda Diaz.

This ambitious project expected from different economic and business sectors involved an investment of 1.7 billion which would place it as one of the main terminals in Europe.

The agreement for its expansion was agreed last August when the vice president of the autonomous government himself gave the go-ahead, Jordi Puigneró.

However, one of the toughest opponents of the initiative was the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, by demanding so much from the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, as well as the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to renounce the expansion because the La Ricarda natural area was affected.

The Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, assured this Thursday that “a unanimous consensus was required and it could not be” so “this project is put on hold.” This investment came from the budgets of Aena, which obtains its income from airport taxes, so it foresaw a potential increase in the collection of taxes that would strengthen it as a company.

“I am very sorry as a minister and as a Catalan that this situation has occurred, but we are not going to impose a project of this type,” he stressed.

Entrepreneurs and social agents have already been quick to point out that this investment will lead to significant losses for Catalonia after the change in position given by ERC and joining this open current, which will avoid transforming El Prat into an international hub, the groups JxCat and the Cup.

Minister Sánchez has assured that they have been the “first surprised” when «Discrepancies were raised in the Govern», After the agreement reached on August 2. The truth is that Yolanda Díaz even recently met with Ada Colau and the mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler to visit the area planned for the expansion. Once again, Podemos have re-imposed themselves on the claims and lines of action of Pedro Sánchez himself.

Thus, the Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Barcelona have assured that they will join the demonstration this Sunday in the Catalan capital because “it is not just a protest against the expansion of #airports. It is a powerful citizen mobilization to demand that the institutions take up the action against # CrisiClimàtic.

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