The Generalitat and Barcelona create a joint table on the regulation of cruise ships

  • The central government and the port will be invited to participate in the forum, proposed by Colau days ago

  • The ‘consellera’ Vilagrà avoids specifying whether it is convenient to limit her arrival, something that the mayor considers necessary

The Generalitat de Catalunya and the Barcelona City Council have agreed this Thursday the creation of a joint table which has the purpose of “establishing the best solutions for reduce the environmental impact and the tourist overcrowding of the cruises”, according to the exact and prudent words with which the two parties have named this initiative. This is how it appears in the documentation sent to the media, in which the new body is defined elsewhere as follows: “Study work table on cruise regulation and its tourism and environmental impact”.

They are nuances, but somewhat relevant, because the crux of the matter is whether or not limits are placed on the sector. The consistory is clearly in favor of regulating to limit the arrival of the ships to the city, as the Balearic Islands have done, but the Catalan Government does not go into that detail for now. However, the debate indicates, by common sense, that it will be necessary to choose whether or not to determine an exact maximum number of ships that can moor in the Catalan capital.

A debate to tackle

The Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagra, has made it clear that for now he does not want to go into specifics about whether to impose limits. He has opted for reducing pollution and has recalled that the Executive of Pere Aragones finalizes a new tax for cruise ships.

The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has put the bow to the cruise ships considering that they generate serious problems, without, in addition, generating a relevant economic contribution. And the debate intensifies as a summer approaches that, according to all forecasts, will record soaring numbers in the arrival of tourists.

Two-way meeting

The creation of this table is the main of the agreements that have come out of the meeting of the joint council-Generalitat commission that both administrations have held with Vilagrà and Colau at the head of the respective delegations. At the meeting it was agreed that at the table on cruises The central government and the Port of Barcelona will also be invited to participate.. Colau proposed the implementation of this measure to the Ministry of Transport, the Generalitat and the port in letters sent on May 24. Both the ministry and the port responded by qualifying the mayor’s criticism of cruise ships.

“The challenges of the capital are those of Catalonia”, Vilagrà stated after the meeting, which lasted more than two hours. The minister has been conciliatory, as Colau has done later when talking about the Government’s collaboration in security: “It has improved and intensified, and it is positive news for the summer & rdquor ;.

Instead, the mayor has reproached the Government again for its work in housing. She has set at 1,100 apartments that the Generalitat should have made available to the emergency table that grants housing to those who need it most. Floors that have not been done. “I will ask again for a meeting with President Aragonès on housing & rdquor ;, Colau said.

The Blanquerna Center

Vilagrà highlighted the agreement reached so that the city council can use the Blanquerna Cultural Center in Madrid, which depends on the Catalan Government delegation in the Spanish capital. The mixed commission has also addressed projects linked to the Next Generation funds, provided by the European Union for post-Covid economic recovery, including Ciutadella del Coneixement-Mercat del Peix, a new research and innovation complex focused on biomedicine in precision, biodiversity and planetary well-being in which the UPF, the UB, the CSIC and the BIST participate.

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