By Deirdre Tynan • 02 September 2021 • 9:55
The European Green Party is against the expansion of El Prat airport in Barcelona.
A political agreement greenlighting plans by Spanish airport manager AENA to expand the El Prat airport in Barcelona aims to increase passengers by up to 20 million passengers in the coming years.
However, the European Green Party said it “rejects the expansion project, and we express our strongest opposition to an infrastructure model in complete contradiction with the Paris Agreement and with the European Green Deal’s climate objectives.”
Evelyne Huytebroeck, co-chair of the European Green Party, said, “The proposed airport expansion announced means continuing to support the future of our economy based on an outdated model. Continuing to exponentially increase air traffic in Europe takes us away from the goal of decarbonizing the European economy and of reaching the goal of a 55 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 as established by the European Climate Law. It is time to promote sustainable mobility alternatives such as train travel to allow a reduction in internal air routes where a suitable alternative exists.”
“This agreement is contrary to the objectives established by the European Climate Law and the Next Generation EU Recovery Fund. Southern Europe cannot continue betting on an outdated economic model for the future like the one this agreement promotes. An increase of 20 million passengers will continue promoting a model based on mass tourism, generating precariousness and inequalities. It is time to build an economy for the 21st century.”
“It is also unacceptable that the proposed expansion will lead to the destruction of La Ricarda, a European Union protected natural area, considering that the European Commission has recently opened an infringement procedure for the poor state of conservation of the Delta del Llobregat as a whole. A project that would cause irreparable damage to the area is simply unthinkable.”
“For this reason, we call on the European Commission to oppose the project and demand that the Catalan and Spanish governments take the necessary measures to promote greater protection for the Delta.”
“Finally, we are surprised by the fact that the announcement was made without the necessary consensus with all institutions, and particularly with the Barcelona City Council. For all these reasons, the European Greens call on President Sánchez and President of the Generalitat Pere Aragones not to move ahead with the agreed airport expansion,” she added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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