The President of the Government of Navarre, María Chivite, said this Thursday that the construction of the second phase of the Navarre Canal will allow the creation of 3,500 jobs and hoped that Canasa will be able to tender the works at the end of next year.
The head of the Foral executive reiterated this Thursday during the debate on the state of the Community her commitment to the Navarra Canal and the high-speed train.
Chivite stressed that his government “has always been committed to fundamental infrastructure for our community such as the Navarre Canal”, which “is and will be one of our priorities”. “Border and generator of social and territorial cohesion, allowing us to move forward in economic development”, he assured.
The Head of the Provincial Executive indicated that “in April 2020 we have already reactivated the works during their passage in Peralta, known as Ramal del Arga” and the works of the Tierra Estella canal have also been reactivated in June 2021, in the so-called Ramal de l’Ega. “Work has started in the municipalities of Lerín, Sesma and Cárcar,” he said.
On the other hand, he pointed out that “this year we have given the green light to the construction project for the second phase of the Navarre Canal, which will guarantee the arrival of quality water to the Ribera for human consumption, for irrigation and for industrial consumption”. “This infrastructure is going to be the key to the economy of the Ribera and, in addition, these works of the second phase will allow the creation of 3,500 jobs during their construction”, he stressed.
As its next objectives, it has set itself to continue the work of the Ramal del Ega to conclude it in 2023. With regard to the second phase of the Canal, it has set itself “to collaborate and be vigilant in everything that is in our hands in Foral Executive so that Canasa can tender for the works at the end of next year”.
Regarding the TAV, Chivite stressed that “the commitment and the will of the State to advance in the works of the high performance train of Navarre are expressed in facts and figures”. “The next generation is looking at at least 145.5 million. For next year, there’s 72 million. This year is going to be the largest execution of TAP works in our community. In just eight months, 35, 4 million euros,” he said.
The President of the Government of Navarre said that “our challenge is to continue promoting the arrival of the TAP in our community and, in particular, we are going to focus on the tender for the works of the Tafalla-Campanas section, planned for 2023, as well as in the Castejón-Zaragoza and Campanas-Zuasti sections, which should be on public display in the first quarter of next year”.
Regarding the roads, Chivite assured that “we are clear that Navarre needs good and competitive infrastructures, for the connection of people and companies”. “We have to assume as a society that investing in road infrastructure is investing in a public service. It can no longer happen that a new road master plan is approved and its non-execution reaches 92%”, he pointed out.
The Chief Executive stressed that “this legislature we have made significant progress” and cited first “a new funding system to improve roads as a public service”. “A public company, Nafarbide, will be in charge of the management and implementation of tolls exclusively for heavy goods vehicles on five high-capacity roads, in accordance with what is established by the European Commission”, he said. he explains.
Chivite said that “another important step forward is the complete transformation of the N-121-A to improve safety”. “Thanks to the collaboration with the Spanish government and its financial support, Navarre is transforming one of the black spots of Navarre’s roads into a 2+1 road,” he said.
As for the Belate and Almandoz tunnels, “which we decided to duplicate when we arrived at the Government, the department plans to put out a call for tenders soon for the works of the Belate tunnel”. “If there are no setbacks, we expect work to start in the first half of 2023,” he explained.
María Chivite said that “the deployment of the tunnels involves an investment of more than 180 million, of which the State has already committed 40 million, but in addition we already have more than 40 works carried out in three years, many of them framed in the fourth Master Planner”.
During her speech, María Chivite also referred to Navarre’s budget for 2023 and pointed out that “we have historic budgets”, which amount to more than 5,748 million, “of which almost 2,800 are allocated to social expenditure “. “Over 249 initiatives linked to European Next Generation funds, whether through the MRR or REACT,” he said.
In his speech, Chivite highlighted the tax measures that accompany the draft budget, such as the extraordinary deduction for labor income, “which will reach 297,000 people”, or the promotion of entrepreneurship and talent, the increase in the wealth tax, “temporarily, for certain areas”.
As he said, budgets and fiscal measures are “two tools to advance the strength of public services, transforming investment and cohesion”. “The agreement reached allows us to consolidate this path. To address the urgent without forgetting the strategic and the planning”, he explained.
This goes, explained the president, in “the line which consists of fiscally relieving families with medium and low incomes and asking for a greater effort from those who can do it”. “This is redistribution and tax justice. With taxes, we finance not only services and benefits, but also aid for individuals, families and businesses,” he commented.
Chivite also commented that “one of the milestones of the legislature in this department is updating the Economic Agreement Act.” “This is the sixth amendment to the 1990 Agreement. Thus, the regional fiscal and financial regime of Navarre is strengthened”, he said, to affirm that “updating the law on the Economic agreement between the State and Navarre contains novelties both in fiscal and financial spheres”.
Likewise, he indicated that they are working on updating the base year of the economic agreement which he hopes can be closed before the end of the legislature.