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RAJOY EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO POLICE OFFICERS

The President of the Government laid a laurel wreath at the monolith in tribute to them and lit the memorial flame

The President of the Government laid a laurel wreath at the monolith in tribute to them and lit the memorial flame

Mariano Rajoy asserted, at the inauguration of the memorial to members of the Spanish Police Force who have died in terrorist attacks, that Spanish society “cannot and will not ever forget” those officers who have defended the security and liberty of us all.

The President of the Government conveyed the recognition and gratitude of the government and the institutions and people of Spain to the Spanish Police Force. “Spanish society cannot and never will forget those who were on the side of peaceful co-existence, those who have defended and maintained our democracy and those who have laid down their lives to guarantee the security and liberty of us all”.

Rajoy described honouring the 186 national officers, together with the injured and their families, murdered by “terrorist fanaticism” in a permanent memorial as an “act of strict justice”. He also pointed out that the title of the exhibition opened on Wednesday at the Memorial, ‘Victory of freedom: the National Police Force against terrorism”, summarises the role performed by this institution in “the fight against terror and defence of this essential twin pillar comprising liberty and security”.

International benchmark

The President of the Government highlighted that this work undertaken by the National Police Force “has led to results” and Spain has become a benchmark for all those countries that continue to suffer from terrorism. “This is another achievement you can all feel proud of, as you can also be proud of forming part of an institution with almost 200 years of service to your compatriots”, he stated.

In this regard, Mariano Rajoy stressed the “fundamental importance” of these police officers for “underpinning” democracy and peaceful co-existence. “Never doubt Spanish society’s pride in you because it is aware that you are the best defenders of justice, the law and the Constitution that we have all contributed to enacting, a Constitution that has given us the longest period of liberty, stability and cohesion in our history”.

During the course of the inauguration of the Memorial, held at the Centre for Higher Police Studies, the names of all those who have fallen in terrorist attacks were read out. The President of the Government laid a laurel wreath at the monolith in tribute to them and lit the memorial flame.

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VALENCIA PHARMACISTS CONSIDER STRIKE ACTION

They say that they are now to call a meeting of all pharmacists on Monday, June 16 to discuss the situation further.

They say that they are now to call a meeting of all pharmacists on Monday, June 16 to discuss the situation further.

In a result that was totally unexpected the presidents of the College of Pharmacists of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia rejected the payment schedule for the settlement of their outstanding prescription debt proposed by the Generalitat councilors of Health and Finance last Monday.

They say that pharmacists no longer have the financial capability to bear the advance costs of medicines for the month of June unless the ministry clear their outstanding debts much quicker than the proposed schedule of payments. As such the risk of industrial action once again is likely to threaten the closure of pharmacies and therefore put many lives in danger across the region.

A representative for the pharmacists said following their meeting with the regional Government that the new payment schedule was ‘poor’ and it does not enable them to meet their own financial obligations.

The Generalitat meanwhile say that they are about to pay 41,32 million euro which equates to 42% of the outstanding invoice for the month of March. Minister for Health, Manuel Llombart , said that a ‘temporary problem’ in the treasury has prevented them paying the March bill, which was due by the end of May, but he hoped now to now speed things up so that the April invoice would be settled at the end of June, the remaining March invoice by 15 July and the May invoice by the end of July.

Following the publication of the payment schedule the Presidents of the College of Pharmacists convened on Monday to decide what actions they might undertake. The presidents of their three professional bodies then sent a statement signed by the Pharmacy Board Valenciano which made it clear that they do not accept these conditions.

They say that they are now to call a meeting of all pharmacists on Monday, June 16 to discuss the situation further.

Until then, due to the “serious situation” within the sector, the Assembly will send a burofax to Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro asking for intervention by the central government. The fax will inform the government of the liquidity problems faced by pharmacies and the ‘impact’ that may arise as a result of their continued dispute.

Llombart insisted however, that the two bodies are not “too far” from reaching a solution which he felt sure would quickly be found.

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LADY OF ELCHE TO RETURN HOME

Mercedes Alonso, the Elche mayor, has said that he wants to see it back on display in the city

Mercedes Alonso, the Elche mayor, has said that he wants to see it back on display in the city

La Dama de Elche (The Lady of Elche), found in La Alcudia in 1897, is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. Currently it is kept on display in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid but Mercedes Alonso, the Elche mayor, has said that, as was the case in 2006, he wants to see it back on display in the city before too much longer.

“I believe that the sculpture should be spending rather more time in the city than she does,” he said at a breakfast briefing organized by New Economy Forum last week, recalling that when the bust was moved to Elche from Madrid eight years ago, and displayed in el Palacio de Altamira it was warmly received and cared for by it’s new custodian and it was never put at any risk.

Alonso said that the City has raised the issue on several occasions with the minister of culture, José Ignacio Wert, and says that he feels that the Government of Spain will be sensitive to his request.

“We are currently working on the situation together and while it is a process that has certain formalities, I am optimistic that we will soon come to an arrangement regarding dates for the display of the Lady of Elche in our city,” the mayor added, noting that being able to visit to sculpture in it’s home will contribute enormously to the ability of the city to attract tourism.

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AIRPORT BOOST FROM DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION

San Javier Airport is now looking to the future with rather more confidence than of late

San Javier Airport is now looking to the future with rather more confidence than of late

As Ryanair adds another route to its Murcia – San Javier catalogue, twice weekly flights to and from the Dutch city of Eindhoven, we seem to be none the wiser about the long term future of the Costa’s favourite small airport.

However a meeting which took place at the airport last week, presided over by the Director General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Development, Angel Luis Arias, may at last provide some concrete evidence that the Aviation Authorities in Spain, after millions of wasted euros on the deserted Corvera project, are finally coming to their senses.

Arias was in San Javier to chair the Murcia Airport Coordination Committee, the main purpose of which is to drive Airport air traffic to the region.

During the gathering, members, including representatives of the Ministry of Public Works, AENA, the Regional and local councils, scrutinized a study of the current status of the airfield which Arias said would serve as a starting point for the development of new measures to encourage air traffic into the airport and boost airport activity

A number of Airport coordination Committees were established at the meeting, the aim of which is to determine future measures that will ensure fiscal stability and promote the competitiveness of San Javier-Murcia within the airport sector.

They will establish and then promote the actions necessary to strengthen air connectivity through the establishment and promotion of new airlines , on both international and domestic routes.

Airport Director Paul Melgar said that these changes are intended to strengthen the management organization at the airport and enable it to “meet and overcome” the many challenges that it will face in repairing the damage done to it’s operations in recent years.

Meanwhile as San Javier – Murcia seems to be making the right sorts of move to re-establish it’s position within the sector, troubles continue to beleaguer the operation at Corvera, the latest of which is the threat of the Association of Expropriated Landowners to take their fight for compensation, following the sale of their land, to Brussels.

Luis Hernández, Secretary of the board of the Association said that the group, which includes about 150 local landowners and farmers, has requested a meeting with the European Ombudsman.

He explained that, despite meeting with local and Regional Politicians, the Corvera airport developer has so far failed to meet the prices that were agreed when the land was first procured. “Promises have not been fulfilled” he said.

The situation began over six years ago. According to Hernandez, the price for land was set by the developer at a rate well below that provided by the Community, but nevertheless, there was a 90% agreement.

He recalled that the dealership offered his group of expropriated landowners about 3 euros per square metre, compared with 11-15 euros for those owners who were compensated by the Government.

Given this difference, many of those affected decided to take their case to court, but after six years they are still awaiting a decision. “Some families are managing badly because the farms that were expropriated were their livelihood,” he said.

“The courts are so very slow and we continue to wonder just how much we are going to get when the matter is finally resolved, but more importantly, who is going to pay if the airport fails to open.

With this concern, all the affected landowners gathered at the Civic Center in Murcia Valladolises last week to decide the approach they will now make to the European Ombudsman in Brussels.

Earlier, the Regional Assembly, had said that the price of any compensation for the expropriated land must be the same “as that paid for similar land elsewhere.”

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GUILLEN CALLS ON EUROPE TO INTERVENE IN CALA MOSCA ROW

Orihuela mayor, Monserrate Guillen, appeared alongside Councillor Bob Houliston, in front of the European Parliament Committee on Petitions on Tuesday

Orihuela mayor, Monserrate Guillen, appeared alongside Councillor Bob Houliston, in front of the European Parliament Committee on Petitions on Tuesday

Orihuela mayor, Monserrate Guillen, appeared alongside Councillor Bob Houliston, in front of the European Parliament Committee on Petitions on Tuesday to whom he requested that an environmental impact statement be prepared on behalf of the proposed construction work at Cala Mosca

He said that the statement should insist that any work carried out on the site respects the area as a habitat of endemic species of flora and fauna which must not be threatened in any way.

Guillen referred in his testimony to the species ‘jarilla’ or ‘cat head’ and ‘tudorella mauretanica’, that have been protected both at European and at National level.

He also asked that the many other “interesting” species of wildlife and fauna be provided with equal protection with the protection of the coastal strip between Punta Prima and Rambla de Cala Mosca and that it be declared a ‘microreserve flora’.

Guillen asked the commission to continue the proceedings with the environmental impact statement that is now required by urban developer who plans to build about 2,000 homes in this area as “the planned development projects” have not presented any statements regarding the impact the development will have on the local environment.

The Los Verdes MEP, Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Ale, also requested that the Commission asks the Government to send a letter in which they explain that the research process of the European Parliament will continue. The request was accepted by all groups represented in the committee.

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