Updated on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 – 01:38
The central government and the Generalitat sit at the negotiating table today without having managed to unblock the investment of 1,700 million euros to expand the Josep Tarradellas-El Prat airport in Barcelona.
Barcelona Airport Josep Tarradellas-El PratQuique GarcíaEFE
The Council of Ministers did not take yesterday no decision on the investment of 1,700 million to expand the El Prat airport that was foreseen in Aena’s investment plan for the next five years and that will not be carried out due to the opposition of Junts, first, and then of ERC and the Government .
This was stated yesterday by the minister spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, who regretted that “the works were broken” to start the expansion because it was a “great investment” that had to be developed with a “great consensus” that has not been achieved in the Government of Catalonia.
The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, yesterday accused the Generalitat of breaking the Barcelona-El Prat Airport expansion agreement “unilaterally” due to “a manifest lack of confidence” of the Government,
In the control session, the spokesman for Junts in the Senate, Josep Lluís Cleries criticized the Government, “it turns its back on seven million Catalans, despising the Generalitat, while pretending to continue investing in Madrid “. Sánchez replied that the Government wants Catalonia to once again be an economic engine for Spain and the objective was to turn the airport into “an intercontinental hub, but it is not going to impose the expansion of El Prat.”
In addition, the Minister of Transportation regretted that “a great opportunity to contribute to a better future for Catalonia and Spain“, but he assured that” he maintains his willingness to reach out to continue dialogue and collaboration. “
In this way, the Government and the Govern will meet today at the dialogue table to jointly study the future, also economic, of Catalonia, without having solved your discrepancies, causing serious damage to the region’s economy.
The expansion of El Prat to turn it into an intercontinental ‘hub’ was going to increase the weight of the airport’s activity in the Catalan GDP from 6.8% to 8.9% with the creation of 145,000 jobs and an extra injection of 4,500 million annually in the tax revenue of the Generalitat.
Except for last minute surprise, the fight between ERC and Junts has led to the failure of a project necessary for the growth of activity in Catalonia with the excuse for environmental damage what was going to cause. The Generalitat itself gave the go-ahead to the enlargement on January 2. An investment that had been considered necessary by Catalan business organizations.
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