Foment del Treball asks to resume the expansion of the Prat: We are not to lose opportunities

FOMENT DEL TREBALL has requested that the expansion of El Prat airport be resumed, paralyzed at the beginning of September by the opposition of Government to th

Foment del Treball asks to resume the expansion of the Prat: We are not to lose opportunities

FOMENT DEL TREBALL has requested that the expansion of El Prat airport be resumed, paralyzed at the beginning of September by the opposition of Government to the project. It was going to be allocated 1,700 million euros on an investment that, from Foment, consider that it should be prioritized.

"We are not to lose opportunities," regrets the organization in a statement. "Foment del Treball has repeatedly asked to prioritize public and private vital infrastructures for the country and for its development, which allow it to compete internationally and reduce its historical deficit denounced by Catalan civil society," the document continues.

From Foment they also consider that "we can not renounce" the progress provided by these infrastructures "and more when we lack". In his opinion, "you have to work to achieve the consensus necessary to carry them out."

"Catalonia needs growth policies, which allow to energize the economy while favoring social cohesion," ensure and warn that "without wealth creation, neither personnel nor territorial" is not possible. " Moreover, they consider that without this wealth "the welfare state will be unsustainable".

In this sense, Foment del Treball recalls that the investment of 1,700 million euros would go to an infrastructure that directly affects GDP of Catalonia, with about 300,000 jobs, among direct and indirect, directly affected by it.

In addition, they emphasize the Prat in an intercontinental hub would also strengthen other nearby airports, such as that of Reus and El by Girona-Costa Brava: "The expansion of the airport responds to a general, social and economic interest, and claims consensus Of all administrations and populations involved, "explain.

They also affect the "broad consensus" that there are around the enlargement and cite a survey that ensures that "the vast majority of the Catalans" are in favor of it. "Nor the environmental imperatives that are intended to guarantee biodiversity, nor airport regulatory considerations constitute insurmountable obstacles for the expansion of the airport," they denounce.

The statement also harshly criticizes the Central Government and Catalan - which, according to they denounce, the guilt of paralysis are distributed - and accuses them of having "more under consideration their short-term political interests than the general interest".

For this reason, FOMENT advocates "Search Meeting Points" and ensure that environmental counterparts are met while expanding the periods foreseen in airport regulation for the approval of the document that should incorporate this extension. Thus, although there would still be time to reverse the situation, they warn that you can not waste time "because the reality does not wait and a long-term project, with a future projection, can not be determined by the short policy."

Updated Date: 27 September 2021, 21:44

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