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Moreno asks the Government of Spain for a new pact like the one in Doñana for the demolition of the Algarrobico

2023-12-31T18:23:52.646Z

Highlights: Moreno asks the Government of Spain for a new pact like the one in Doñana for the demolition of the Algarrobico. The president of the Junta appeals to the "Andalusian way, that of seeking meeting points instead of division", but warns that "he will fight to prevent a Spain of privileges" "I want the best for Andalusia, above political acronyms and above any interest," he says. The popular leader has regained his more moderate profile and inclination to dialogue.


The president of the Junta appeals to the "Andalusian way, that of seeking meeting points instead of division", but warns that "he will fight to prevent a Spain of privileges"


The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, has chosen the Doñana National Park as the setting to bid farewell to the year with the traditional Christmas speech. Throughout 2023, the natural area has become the main point of confrontation between the Junta de Andalucía and the central government on account of the irrigation expansion law – which was also opposed by the European Commission, UNESCO, 25 scientific societies and 1,109 experts from around the world. But the agreement reached between the two administrations at the end of the year has allowed the popular leader to regain his more moderate profile and inclination to dialogue. That "spirit of Doñana" to which Moreno has appealed in recent weeks exemplifies what his people call the "Andalusian way" and he has expressly referred to it this afternoon in his last speech of the year. "The way to find common ground instead of division. I want Andalusia to be an example to follow, away from the noise, the scandal and the insult," he said.

Moreno has held up the Doñana pact as a model of the importance of reaching agreements in the political sphere. "Citizens deserve that politicians make an effort to understand each other and what we have done in Doñana is a good example", he said, to then offer it as a guideline to follow in his relationship with Pedro Sánchez's Executive "From here I extend my hand to the Government of Spain to face at least one other challenge throughout 2024", in reference to the "demolition of the Algarrobico". "That building has become a symbol of wild urbanism on the Mediterranean coast and it is time to throw that mass of concrete to the ground and return that joint space to the citizens and to nature itself," said the Andalusian president.

On other occasions, Moreno has urged the Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, to implement the agreement signed between the two administrations in 2011 to demolish the hotel built in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, by which the central government assumed the costs of demolition and the Andalusian government that of the restoration of the area. That demolition is now subject to the Carboneras City Council processing the nullity of the building permit granted in 2003, according to the High Court of Justice of Andalusia.

Moreno's defense of the positions of the farmers of the County of Huelva who had been extracting water illegally in Doñana called into question the green revolution of the Junta announced when he began his first term, to the point that the popular leader himself recognized that the regulation of regularization of irrigation had worn him down politically. With the signing of the new plan for the Natural Park, which includes aid of up to 100,000 euros per hectare to strawberry growers, Moreno and his government team have been able to recover that "Andalusian way" that their own defend: a moderate form of government that they present as de-ideologized – "I want the best for Andalusia, above political acronyms and above any interest", has pointed out this afternoon in his speech, but that does not prevent him from supporting the hard-line policy exercised by his national leader, Alberto Nüñez-Feijóo in Madrid and raising the flag of grievance on issues such as regional financing or the transfer of powers.

The president of the Junta alluded to this comparative grievance at the end of his speech: "I am going to defend Andalusia wherever it is necessary and before whom it is necessary. The voice of Andalusia will sound loud and wherever it needs to sound, to prevent a Spain of privileges," he said. Moreno has emphasized in recent months this defense of equality between territories after the agreements with pro-independence and nationalist formations that have led to Sánchez's investiture, but five years ago, he already developed that same argument, even with similar phrases, in his first speech of this type offered since Cumbres de Enmedio, which was then the municipality with the fewest inhabitants in the community. "From Andalusia we are going to demand that the future be built as we did in the Transition, with the spirit of moderation and consensus that made democracy possible. We will not tolerate any type of discrimination towards Andalusia," he said in 2019.

Moreno also used Doñana, whose biodiversity has experienced a worrying deterioration in recent years in the midst of one of the periods of lowest rainfall in the historical series, to warn about the drastic measures that will have to be adopted in the community if the drought does not subside and increasingly elusive rains do not return. After recalling his government's investments in infrastructure, he was clear: "If it doesn't rain in spring, there will be no choice but to apply restrictions."

"In Andalusia, in general, life is good"

The president of the Junta has affirmed that Andalusia "is a land in which, in general, life is good" and has defended that it has "good public services", although "there is room for improvement". Here he has dwelt on the problems addressed by public health that have led to the resignation this week of the number two and three of the Ministry of Health, although with less self-criticism than he has done on other occasions. "There are people who are waiting to be seen by a doctor or a specialist. I know", he said in reference to the more than one million Andalusians who are on the waiting list - a historic figure - to then assure that "the public health system attends to thousands of cases every day that cannot wait".

Public education is another of the points on which the unions and the opposition are criticizing the management of the Andalusian president. Moreno insisted that it now "has more resources, investment and teachers than ever" and highlighted how the Board's initiative to eliminate the use of mobile phones in schools during school hours "has been imitated by various administrations, including the Government of Spain". "Andalusia leads debates and initiatives in Spain, also in social policies and I like that," he added.

As he does in all his Christmas speeches, the president of the Junta also remembered women who are victims of sexist violence, where Andalusia this year holds the sad record of being the community where more women have died murdered by their partners or ex-partners, 17 in total, the worst figure since 2011. "A scourge against which we have the obligation to rebel throughout Andalusian society", he said, to highlight the recent approval of benefits for orphans of sexist violence, a measure with which Andalusia is on a par with a dozen other communities that already have implemented aid of this type.

The Andalusian leader has not forgotten to highlight the lowering of taxes, one of the axes of the economic policies of the autonomous governments of the PP and has also wanted to stop at another of the main international events that have put the community on the map: the celebration for the first time outside the United States of the Latin Grammy gala. "I want people to talk well and seriously about Andalusia," said Moreno.Andalusia is becoming a pole of attraction for talent, technology and culture admired inside and outside Spain," he said.

This is the second year in which Moreno chooses New Year's Eve to give his traditional Christmas speech, until 2023 it had always been delivered on the 30th. On this occasion, the broadcast has been brought forward to the afternoon, as part of the news programme of the regional public channel, Canal Sur. As on the other occasions since he became president of the Junta, the popular leader has chosen a scenario that symbolizes his administration or the axes of the policies he intends to implement in the coming year. After Cumbres de Enmedio, Moreno offered his speech from an operating room of the Military Hospital - which his government has recovered after decades of abandonment; 2021 was in a hospitality venue in Granada, in support of one of the sectors that had suffered the most from the pandemic and last year it was from an oil cooperative in Jaén, one of the main economic sectors in the region affected by the war in Ukraine and drought.

Source: elparis

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