Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

Madrid, 21 September (EFE).- The initiative to give Mar Menor its own legal personality completed its parliamentary process today, and Europe’s largest salt lagoon will thus have greater protection and governance, allowing citizens to demand repairs. Damage produced in its waters.

The plenary session of the Senate has approved by a majority the popular legislative initiative (ILP) for the protection of Mar Menor, a text opposed only by Vox, and it will strengthen the conservation, maintenance and restoration of what will be the first natural site in Europe with recognized legal rights.

This upper house vote is the final step in a popular initiative, which began more than two years ago by collecting more than 600,000 signatures for Cortes to process, and which received the support and assistance of campaigners this Wednesday. And defenders of the alleged ILP to be present at the moment of approval of the displaced ideology in Madrid, received with applause.

During the debate, Vox Senator José Marin Gascon, in defense of the veto proposal, pointed out that ecosystems cannot be considered subjects of rights, as they cannot assume obligations, and described the proposal as a “legal nonsense” of legislation that presumes that ” More waste and more laws”, instead of managing it well and not increasing public spending.

Marine Gascon emphasized that recognizing the rights of ecosystems is “legally impossible” according to the Constitution and the current Civil Code, because ecosystems are recognized only as protection figures, which already exist in this field, and accused other groups of their global plans for the Mar Menor.

According to him, the proposal has no other purpose than to create a new “democratic and totalitarian beach bar” that operates outside the law and is probably supported by independent technocrats, “taking advantage of the good faith of citizens and escaping any democratic control.

In his answer, Socialist Senator Fernando Lastra said that the environmental laws of the region of Murcia had proven to be “clearly ineffective” in protecting the Mar Menor and for this reason he justified the new proposal which, he said, was not easy to work on in the Cortes Generales because “the first time in Spain Something like that happened.”

“This initiative is a success but it is also a confirmation of the failure of those who have territorial competence and environmental responsibility in the region of Murcia”, the senator emphasized, recalling that “it is not the Murcia government who raises its voice, but the citizens».

For Juan María Vázquez Rojas of the Popular Group, Vox’s veto will only manage to “cut” the debate on a legal text that was approved by the majority in Congress and that gives voice to thousands of citizens who transfer with their signatures, ” the protection of one of the most precious ecosystems in Spain and Europe Proposal to proceed with the arrangement».

It is a law “with light, but with shadows”, Vázquez Rojas confirmed that it is a law that should not have been processed urgently and should have allowed a thoughtful debate, but at the same time it is a law that is “increasingly committed to conservation Citizens are demanding.

Vázquez Rojas defended a specific vote to request the inclusion of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena in Mar Menor’s scientific committee, although he acknowledged that this inclusion would delay the approval of the law, a request that was rejected by the Socialist group considering that its sole purpose is to approve the new law. Delay approval.

For Ciudadanos Senator Miguel Sánchez López, this legislative initiative is proof of the “failure of regional and national politics”, which forced civil society to come together to find a solution to “the problem that we politicians created”.

Mar Menor has reached a limiting situation and political leaders, especially regional but also national, have seen the other way, citizens have risen to give legal personality to this lagoon, observes Sánchez López, for which Mar Menor died and this is an “indisputable reality”.

Vicens Vidal of the Confederal Left Group, who refrained from responding to any of Vox’s arguments, called for an end to the denial of the current crisis of Mar Menor and who is to blame for the current situation, because “despite the responsibility of the autonomous, its protection and the discomfort of the managers and the team, this sea has the right to exist ».

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