SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Feb. 4 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Canary Islands-PNC Coalition has proposed that the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo de La Palma sign an agreement amounting to 52 million euros to complete the state aid and pay one hundred percent of the real value of the 573 homes for habitual use, in foreground, devastated by the volcanic eruption.
This was stated at a press conference by the National Secretary General and Senator for the Autonomous Community, Fernando Clavijo; the spokeswoman for the Canarian nationalists in the Congress of Deputies, Ana Oramas; the Secretary
island general and regional deputy, Nieves Lady Barreto, and the mayor of El Paso and deputy, Sergio Rodríguez.
The nationalists insisted on the need for the administrations to “act quickly” in the reconstruction of the Island and “face and hand in hand with palm trees and palm trees.”
In this context, Fernando Clavijo also urged the State and Government of the Canary Islands to confirm their “clear and lasting commitment to this island”. “We need them to move from press conferences to action so that the entire island of La Palma can be rebuilt, not just the municipalities of the Aridane Valley, and so that citizens obtain what the volcano has taken from them,” he said. .
Clavijo, who insisted on the will of the nationalists from minute one to reach out and work on the side of the administrations, stressed the importance of both the Government of the Canary Islands and that of Spain managing the reconstruction with “maximum transparency”, for which he demanded “the valuation of the damages that has been sent to Europe”.
He pointed out that nobody knows “how their properties, their farms have been valued or what the total damage is and more than four months have passed since the eruption and a month since it was declared extinct and the Canarian Government has still not given an answer that allow those affected to have peace of mind, trust and know what they are facing and if they will be able to recover, as we, the Canarian nationalists, have defended and will continue to defend, the real value of what they have lost”.
SOLUTIONS FROM THE ISLAND.
For her part, the spokeswoman for the Canarian Coalition-PNC in the Congress of Deputies, Ana Oramas, warned that the reconstruction of La Palma “does not have to be done from outside, it has to come from the institutions here and with the citizens and citizens here.” In this sense, she insisted that the reconstruction “cannot be done with its back to the administrations and the citizens. The solutions for the future have to come from the Island.”
Oramas recalled that the CC-PNC had negotiated an agreement with the PSOE in Madrid to withdraw the amendments and support for the General State Budget Bill for 2022 in exchange for a multi-year plan of 700 million euros for the reconstruction of La Palma, “agreement finally truncated because there had been calls from the Canary Islands to President Sánchez because they could not consent to the games being put on La Palma because they had been requested by the Canary Coalition.”
In this regard, he denounced that due to “an issue of political prominence, the items that La Palma needed for the reconstruction were prevented not only for this 2022 but for the next 4 years.”
However, the deputy pointed out that the nationalists will be “every week defending the interests of La Palma, promoting bills.” “We are going to demand that the PSOE and its partners from United We Can present the Volcano Law”, which is necessary for the Government of the Canary Islands, city councils and councils to adapt the regulations on land and fiscal matters, “she added.
DELAY OF AID.
The general secretary of the Canarian Coalition-PNC and regional deputy, Nieves Lady Barreto, expressed concern that “there are delays in the processing of aid, because there is no agility and because there is something that is a priority for us and is not being done, listening to those affected, people are being left behind when what the administrations should do is put the people who have experienced the volcanic eruption and its consequences first hand”.
He insisted on the need for “a body to be created within the Consortium to permanently listen to those affected and to take their proposals into account.”
“We are concerned that palliative aid, emergency aid, which should have arrived a long time ago, has not yet reached those affected.” Among them, he pointed to emergency aid from the State, as well as the donations that many people made in solidarity and that continue to be bogged down in the Cabildo de La Palma and in the City Hall of Los Llanos de Aridane.
Barreto also expressed the concern of the island’s economic sectors. “It is urgent to resolve the issue of bananas and water, there are completely dry areas because the water from the desalination plants does not arrive” and urged the Cabildo de La Palma “to define the closure hydraulic” to “give guarantees and certainties to the sector” because otherwise not only a large part of this year’s harvest but also the next one would be lost.
The nationalist leader also referred to the “uncertainty” around the assessment of losses. “You cannot support hundreds of families without knowing how much they will receive, if they are going to receive the real value of their houses, their land or businesses or if they are only going to receive the 60,000 euros that come from the State and that we all know, are insufficient “.
In this sense, he called on the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo of La Palma to “continue defending, to raise their voices so that the State assumes the restitution of the damages at the real price, as the Canarian nationalists intended with that plan multiannual of 700 million euros”.
The mayor of El Paso and deputy of the Canarian Nationalist Group, Sergio Rodríguez, pointed out as the objective of the reconstruction tasks “to leave this Island better than it was before the volcano erupted and to do it with the people.”
Rodríguez announced that the nationalists will continue “defending that La Palma be present” on the political agenda, “that it not disappear because there is much left, everything remains to be done.” In this sense, he pointed out that in addition to giving an urgent response to those who have lost their habitual residence and from economic sectors “we are going to be next to them and we are going to continue working for those neighborhood economies, those small shops, the pharmacies, hardware stores that were devastated and to which a solution must also be found,” he concluded.