The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau. (Photo: David Zorrakino / Europa Press via .)
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, spoke on Tuesday about the expansion of the El Prat airport, which will have an investment of 1,700 million euros and hopes to mobilize 85,000 direct jobs and up to 365,000 total, as announced by the Government this Monday after a agreement with the Generalitat of Catalonia. Colau has considered that “talking about expansion and developmentalism sounds like the hit of a lifetime”.
Colau gave an interview this Tuesday on Cadena Ser, where he was very critical “with the form and the content.” He reproached this Tuesday that the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and the Generalitat have decided “to expand the Barcelona Airport and skip the institutional dialogue table” that also included the City Councils in a meeting that he has labeled almost clandestine.
“That they make marketing phrases to us that it is going to be the greenest airport generates more mistrust, it seems that they are treating us as fools,” he said about the environmental impact of the expansion. And he has regretted that it is a controversial issue for which consensus is necessary, and that is why he participated in the institutional dialogue table despite being reluctant to the project.
The mayor has affirmed that this decision leads her to distrust because “they are pulling miles and repeating past mistakes, a developmental model that increases emissions, which makes tourism even more massive.”
Regarding the arguments about the sustainability or not of expanding the infrastructure, he has asked for transparency and has called it “incredible that Aena has not presented economic and sustainability reports at this point”, and has assured that it has only presented a powerpoint, “this It is not serious ”, he remarked.
“Talking about enlargement and developmentalism sounds like the hit of a lifetime. Aena is a public-private company and half of the shares are held by investment funds that want maximum short-term performance and I am convinced that sustainability does not matter to them ”, he declared.
Colau has insisted that the announcement be rectified and explained that he has called the President of the Government, Pere Aragonès, to show his disagreement with the decision, and that he has also spoken with the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, who “sees it the same Than her.
This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.