The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, attended a forum on Thursday jointly hosted by Diario SUR and the Banco Santander.
In her speech, in which she highlighted the revival of the economy in Spain and in Andalucía in particular, Díaz said, “Malaga is the jewel in the Spanish economy,” for which reason she has asked for further government investment in projects such as the extension of the Costa del Sol railway network.
“I cannot imagine a better investment in Malaga,” she said, stressing that it is her opinion that this will improve international connections with the region and mean that Malaga is the obvious gateway to the sea from Madrid. Three weeks ago, she reminded her audience, she asked the prime minister Mariano Rajoy for a specific investment from the European Union’s Plan Juncker, for the project.
This, along with the stalled high-speed train test track at Antequera – due to go out to tender again this year after a lack of interest – and upgrades of Malaga’s airport and port, is directly linked to the improvement of Andalucía’s economy, Díaz claimed.
On that note, the president pointed out that the Junta’s work on improving the region is starting to bear fruit.
In the last few months one out of every two new jobs created in Spain was in Andalucía, said Díaz.
However, she accepted that the region is exiting the difficulties of the economic crisis at a delayed pace and put forward that the next challenge for Andalucía is to continue working towards “an active and diverse economy”.
Díaz reiterated that in terms of developing and running Andalucía her leadership has three basic concepts – employment (“which is my obsession,” she said), the maintenance of vital public services and the battle against corruption in political life.
On current situations, such as the validity of the pact between the Junta’s ruling PSOE party and the Izquierda Unida, following a recent series of disagreements, Díaz made it very clear that “my purpose is stability. I believe that anything else would not be good for Andalucía.
“I do not want Andalucía to turn into Catalonia,” she added.
Courtesy: Sur in English
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