Updated on Monday, 27 September 2021 – 17:42
Foment recalls that the expansion would have a direct or indirect impact on nearly 300,000 jobs
An Emirates plane at El Prat airport Antonio Moreno
Foment del Treball has requested that the expansion of the El Prat airport be resumed, paralyzed in early September due to the Government’s opposition to the project. 1,700 million euros were going to be allocated in an investment that, from Foment, considers that it should be prioritized.
“We are not to lose opportunities“The organization regrets in a statement.” Foment del Treball has repeatedly asked that public and private infrastructures vital for the country and for its development be prioritized, allowing it to compete internationally and reduce its historical deficit denounced by Catalan civil society ” , the document continues.
From Foment they also consider that “we cannot renounce” the progress that these infrastructures contribute “and more when we lack them”. In his opinion, “we must work to achieve the necessary consensus to carry them out.”
“Catalonia needs growth policies that make it possible to boost the economy while favoring social cohesion,” they assure and warn that “without the creation of wealth, its redistribution, neither personal nor territorial, will not be possible.” Moreover, they consider that without this wealth “the welfare state become unsustainable“.
In this sense, Foment del Treball recalls that the investment of 1,700 million euros will go to an infrastructure that directly affects the GDP of Catalonia, with some 300,000 jobs, between direct and indirect, directly affected by it.
In addition, they emphasize that turning El Prat into an intercontinental hub would also enhance other nearby airports, such as Reus and Girona-Costa Brava: “The expansion of the Airport responds to a need of general, social and economic interest, and demands consensus of all the administrations and the populations involved “, they explain.
Likewise, they influence the “broad consensus” around the enlargement and cite a survey that ensures that “the vast majority of Catalans” are in favor of it. “Neither the environmental imperatives that seek to guarantee biodiversity, nor the airport regulatory considerations constitute insurmountable obstacles to the expansion of the airport,” they denounce.
The communiqué also harshly criticizes the central and Catalan governments – which, according to the complaint, share the blame for the stoppage – and accuses them of having “more in mind their short-term political interests than the general interest.”
For this reason, Foment advocates “looking for meeting points” and ensuring that the environmental counterparts are met while extending the deadlines provided in the airport regulations for the approval of the document that should include this extension. Thus, although there would still be time to reverse the situation, they warn that no time can be lost “because reality does not wait and a long-term project, with a projection for the future, cannot be determined by short-term politics.”
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