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PUBLIC WORKS – Spain squandered 80,000 million euros in works and infrastructures between 1995 and 2016. Público

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These are works “that should not have been done” because they have not been used, such as state or regional-owned roads (including some radial motorways), airports, train stations, desalination plants or cultural centres.

Article traduït per AnnA (@annuskaodena)

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The State Central Administration and the autonomous communities in Spain have squandered no less than 80,000 million euros of public funds, between 1995 and 2016, on infrastructure, equipment and works that have been “unnecessary”, according to the Association of Geographers of Spain (AGE).

This has been brought to light in a study that will be published on the AGE website on the 15th, which has been carried out by the universities of Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Cantabria, Complutense of Madrid, Tenerife, Seville, Málaga and Alicante, according to the national president of this organisation, Professor Jorge Olcina.

The president of AGE has indicated that these are works “that should not have been done” because they have not been used, such as state or regional-owned roads (including some radial motorways), airports, train stations, desalination plants or cultural centres, and that, in addition, they have experienced substantial extra costs.

The study, which has not included the endowments financed by the local councils due to the complexity to collect all the figures, reflects the huge amount of “mega projects” that have not served for the purpose intended. Olcina has also mentioned that, in the case of the Autonomous Community of Valencia, the initial plans for the Júcar-Vinalopó water transfer, which was later changed despite the investment made, and some of the desalination plants, have not been used.

Olcina has explained that this study has been carried out mainly by voluntary geographers from the aforementioned universities since it has lacked economic backing from the State and has been developed because these professionals saw “the need to do it, even if it was for free”. They have tried to offer society, from an academic point of view, data on the management of public administrations so that, later, citizens can make “their own decisions when voting”.

The experts have provided an advance on the figures of public money squandered over those two decades in Spain, during the public presentation of the manifesto: “In defence of the territory. Facing the new challenges of global change“, which is an addendum to the “Manifesto for a new territorial culture“, a document that dates from 2006 and that should serve as a guide for urban development in Spain.
In this update of the aforementioned strategic document about territorial processes, the AGE and the Association of Geographers ask public administrations to be more “cautious” when it comes to urban growth to, among other things, preserve the environmental and functional connectivity, and to adapt the geographical space to the effects of climate change.

“Our country cannot remain out of these new processes of territorial adaptation to global warming”, according to Olcina, who has warned that there is a certain “relaxation” among the administrations in complying with some of their obligations, for example, incorporating studies and cartographies in the evaluation processes of environmental and territorial sustainability.

In particular, geographers find that, when designing their land-use planning, the local councils only take into account the risk of flooding and not the possibility of landslides, seismic movements, droughts or storms in places along the coastline, despite the fact that there is enough cartographic material available for these type of situations.


Article traduït per AnnA (@annuskaodena) segons el meu millor coneixement de l’anglès.
Article translated by AnnA (@annuskaodena) to the best of my knowledge of English.

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Autor: EFE
Data de publicació: 4 de juny 2018
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“Indecent”, “Ridiculous” and “Almost Nasty”. Billy el Niño’s Victims React to Zoido’s Cynicism. Traducció Público

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The Minister of the Interior Zoido says that if the crimes committed by Billy el Niño where in a judicial sentence, no one would doubt in removing his honours.

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The victims report that the Spanish state has done everything in its power to maintain the torturer’s impunity and that of other Francoist criminals.

It is no secret that Antonio González Pacheco, also known as Billy el Niño, was a compulsive torturer of Franco’s Social Politic Brigade. It is also no secret that the Spanish courts have refused to judge or extradite him to Argentina, so that he can be tried. What is a fact, is that the Spanish Congress, headed by PSOE and PP, has done nothing to avoid his impunity in the last 40 years of democracy.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, this Wednesday, the Minister of the Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has once more broken Franco’s victims’ hearts with his fallacy as to what is the reason why the torturer continues to have his honours. The minister has said that they will not take away his medal given to him in June of 1977, which also means an additional 15% to his pension, because his tortures are not being recognized in any judicial sentence.

“If everything that you have just said regarding Billy el Niño’s tortures was recognized in a court of law, you can be sure that there would be no Deputy in this chamber that would think he didn’t deserve the honours, but he would have received all the weight of the law on him.” Said the minister to Pablo Iglesias.

Zoido’s arguments were felt in the guests’ section of the Congress, where the victims of Billy el Niño were sitting, and they were received as a personal insult to the victims, who have been trying for 10 years to place the torturer under a court of law.

All that they have found is the resistance of this government, and no help from the Judiciary or PSOE. Chato Galante, an ex-prisoner of the dictatorship, and a victim of tortures, found a few qualifying words for the minister’s behaviour: “it is absolutely indecent, overwhelming, ridicule, almost nasty. He has not been judged because this state’s powers, PP, PSOE, and the Judiciary didn’t want to” and he reminds us that the government of Mariano Rajoy has done everything possible to avoid the judgement of Billy el Niño and all other Francoist criminals.

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