The president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, will present on Monday to the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, the main demands of the Community before the Central Executive in various matters such as environment, energy, infrastructure, regional financing or institutional relations.
The main objective of this meeting in the Moncloa Palace will be that, in addition to being cordial, as it was in April with Mariano Rajoy, it will have practical effects, "something that did not happen then," according to the Department of the Presidency of the Autonomous government in a press release.
The president of Aragon has detailed that "obviously" is going to talk about "the Cantabrian-Mediterranean axis, the Canfranc, the coal, the Ebro river, to accelerate the works of the doubling of the roads, Ordesa, regional financing and depopulation". "We are going to talk about everything that, until the reiteration, we have been talking for years," he said.
For his part, the Minister of the Presidency, Vicente Guillén, commented that "we hope that it will be fruitful and effective in solving some of the problems that Aragón has and that, above all, it is positive with the Aragonese".
In his first official visit to the Moncloa during the mandate of Pedro Sánchez, the Aragonese president will demand a truly just energy transition, which "is not compatible with the closure of the Andorra Thermal Power Plant in 2020", demanded by Europe if it is not undertake environmental investments to reduce polluting emissions.
Aragón also demands a longer period to find real alternatives to the nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs now endangered in the Teruel mining basins and, meanwhile, that national coal forms part of the energy mix to guarantee supply and contain the rise in prices of light.
Also in the field of energy, Aragon will defend the electricity connection between Spain and France through the Community above all because it would facilitate the exit of the growing production through renewable sources in the Community, apart from the strategic factor of the security that this new connection would provide. international.
The meeting between Lambán and Sánchez will be held the day after the demonstration called this Sunday in Valencia in defense of the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor, for which high-level services are claimed, with an electrified double track, not only north of Zaragoza, but also towards the south to Valencia through Teruel, where for now the main advance planned apart from the improvement of the single-track layout is the construction of several sidings to facilitate the transit of goods convoys.
The Minister of the Presidency of the Government of Aragon, Vicente Guillén, has highlighted the importance of this Corridor for Aragon by connecting the port of Valencia and the port of Bilbao through the Plataforma Logística de Zaragoza (PlaZa), "the largest of all the South of Europe". That is why it is "fair" that this branch "is contemplated in the community funds and it is possible that, at least, Europe contributes amounts greater than 50 percent of the cost".
In addition to reinforcing the impulse to the reopening of the Canfranc, the priority of various road infrastructures will be considered, starting from the same axis between the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean with the integration in the A-68 of all sections of the N-232 still without unfold in Aragon, both in Zaragoza and in the province of Teruel, where the layout is still undefined.
It is a road route with a high degree of accident rate due to the high density of traffic it supports, especially trucks. The A-68 is one of the most delayed highways in its execution nationwide.
The progress of the works of the highway of the Pyrenees or A-21, between Huesca, Jaca and Pamplona; conclude the pending stretch of the Lérida-Huesca or A-22 motorway, between the capital of Aragón and Siétamo; the push to the sections of the Pirenaico Axis or N-260, between Balupor and Fiscal – dependent of the environmental impact study -; and the Ventamillo Congosto, with access to Benasque, complete the rest of the road claims.
The demand for impulse to all the pending hydraulic infrastructures of the Water Pact is added to them. In this matter, Lambán will also deal with the cleanliness of the Ebro with President Sanchez, with an integral plan that allows to articulate structural solutions to the chronic problem of the river floods to guarantee the safety of the coastal towns and to minimize the risks of damage in future floods. extraordinary.
"For the cleaning of the river Ebro is going to ask for approximately 80 million euros, so that can be made for future floods that occur in the river," said Guillen.
As the regional president said last Friday, when he received the president of the Hydrographic Confederation of the Ebro (CHE), María Dolores Pascual, progress is being made in the emergency works in the basin after the last floods in April, mainly in the axis of the Ebro and also in the Arba, for the protection of urban nuclei, the restoration of infrastructures or the cleaning and the setback of specks.
Regarding the depopulation suffered by most of the province of Teruel and large areas of the provinces of Huesca and Zaragoza, Lambán will ask Sanchez to expedite the announced Strategy against the Demographic Challenge, as well as the collaboration of the Government of Spain so that the Union European Union to take this problem as its own and include aid to combat it in the next Community financial framework.
The Aragonese president will insist in this regard that the ongoing review of the regional funding system adequately weigh the demographic problems such as low density, dispersion or aging of the population and the extra cost they bring to the fundamental public services provided by the Communities Autonomous like Education, Health or Social Services.
This demand was raised last month in Zaragoza by six autonomous presidents of the so-called 'empty Spain', formed by Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Galicia, La Rioja and Aragon, to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all the citizens. It was assumed on September 27 by the Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Service, Meritxell Batet, in the first meeting between the Government of Spain and the Autonomous Communities to prepare the Strategy Against the Demographic Challenge.
Finally, the meeting in Madrid will discuss the need to hold a new Bilateral Commission after it met in June 2017 for the first time in five years. These relations, which the Government of Javier Lambán is promoting to resolve conflicts, demand better investments in the Community or comply with the statutory precepts in regional financing, will allow to enter into more concrete actions for the future.
In this regard, Javier Lambán will demand that the Bilateral Commission be effective, practical and useful through the fulfillment of the commitments acquired therein. "The fundamental thing is, first, that it is celebrated, but that what is agreed in the Commissions is carried out, it is carried out," the president highlighted.
As explained by the Minister of the Presidency, Vicente Guillén, "fundamentally the Bilateral Commission demonstrates the institutional loyalty that exists between the Government of Aragon and the Government of Spain, and this has to be reflected in these relations, which have to be produced each year. "