Yolanda Díaz visits El Prat with Ada Colau and asks Sánchez not to ever resume the expansion

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The Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Diaz, has urged his colleagues in the Government on Thursday to visit the area affected by the expansion of the El Prat Airport to know its value: “If they see and touch this space it is possible that they will change their opinion.”

He said it at a press conference with the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the mayor of El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona), Lluís Mijoler, after visiting the Ricarda lagoon after the Government announced this Wednesday afternoon that it was suspending the investment of 1.7 billion to expand the Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

Díaz has shown his satisfaction with the paralysis of investment to expand the airport, and has insisted that it is necessary for more members of the Government to come to the area: “It is not the same to see them from Madrid, see the plans or listen to the scientists to see it “, and has insisted that the European Commission would not understand Aena’s proposal either, in his words.

Not in this legislature

Rachel Sanchez, Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, has ruled out this Thursday that the expansion of El Prat can be resumed in this legislature. “It is a missed opportunity,” he lamented.

In an interview on Cadena SER, Sánchez pointed out that “under these conditions” they cannot take the project to the Council of Ministers on September 28, the deadline according to the minister, to approve the Airport Regulation Document (Dora) that includes the investments for the period 2022-2026.

The minister has blamed the stoppage of investment on the change of criteria of the Government of the Generalitat, according to her, after having sealed an agreement with the vice president Jordi Puigneró (Junts), presented on August 2. “An investment like this requires a firm consensus and the joint action of both administrations, something that does not occur due to the change of criteria of the Government,” he indicated.

Thus, it has indicated that the cancellation was motivated by the manifestations of the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès (ERC), and on the part of the Catalan government, in which they have seen that the position was not “mature” and there was no “clear consensus” since the terms of the agreement have been broken.

In addition, he has argued that members of the Catalan Executive said they would attend the demonstration against the project shows that “it makes no sense” to say that “it is time to carry it out.”


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