Tourism entrepreneurs ask to be part of the Coastal Commission

The Minister of Ecological Transition, José Antonio Valbuena. / EFE

The Ministry of Ecological Transition will analyze the open files once the agreement is signed

EFE The Gran Canarian palms

The employers of the tourism sector in the Canary Islands have asked the Ecological Transition Department of the regional Executive to participate in the technical commission that will analyze the open files in the process of transferring powers in matters of Coasts.

This has been requested from the Autonomous Executive by the tourism businessmen of the Canary Islands grouped in the Federation of Hotel and Tourism Businessmen of Las Palmas (
FEHT); the Hotel and Non-Hotel Association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro (
Ashotel); the Association of Tourist Entrepreneurs of Fuerteventura (
Asofuer), and the Tourist Federation of Lanzarote (
FTL).

All the employers' associations have demanded that the Ecological Transition Council of the Government of the Canary Islands form part of the technical commission that will analyze the files once the agreement between the central and regional administrations is signed, with the transfer of material and human resources
as of January 1, 2023.

The tourist employers consider in a statement that the transfer “finally” of the powers over Coasts represents an opportunity for economic progress and environmental protection for the islands, in compliance with the mandate set by the reform of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands of 2018.

From this perspective, they argue that regional management in coastal management
must gain in closeness and efficiencywithout prejudice to compliance with the provisions established by the state regulations that manage the use and protection of the coastline.

Employers offer themselves as interlocutors in the transition process due to their experience and specialized technical resources

In this regard, entrepreneurs
They offer themselves as collaborators of the Administration to turn the Canary Islands into a model of optimal management of the recently assumed competition, with results "certainly much better" than those derived from past experience with the central Administration which, in his opinion, has not distinguished itself, in different stages, for its effectiveness and efficiency in resolving issues related to the use of the coastline, both promoted by the public administrations of the Canary Islands and by the private sector.

As an example of this they point
"to imprecision and slowness" in administrative concessions for various uses related to tourist activityalways compatible with environmental conservation, and the delays in the authorization and execution of public infrastructures located in the coastal space.

Based on such precedents, business organizations in the tourism sector congratulate the Government of the Canary Islands for the recent signing of the transfer agreement and offer themselves as interlocutors, with all their experience and specialized technical resources, in this transition process until the assumption of the media corresponding material and human rights on the aforementioned date.

For this reason, businessmen share the philosophy and objectives of the round of consultations announced by the regional councilor for Ecological Transition,
Jose Antonio Valbuena with all the sectors involved in the management of the coastline, but in turn demand their presence, by the method to be determined, in the technical commission that will deal with said transition with regard to the files still in process, which will correspond to the Government of Canary Islands in compliance with state legislation on transfer of powers.

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