The Spanish MEP highlights the need to address nitrate discharges and review urban development in the Mar Menor
Soraya Rodriguez has pushed the final report on the Mar Menor to achieve its recovery. In today’s debate, she stressed that this report is objective, based on scientific causes and knowledge of all the sectors concerned. According to the MEP, the report goes beyond sterile partisan struggles and seeks to identify the real causes of the environmental catastrophe rather than seeking policy makers.
Rodriguez stressed that the problem does not lie in the allocation of responsibilities between the central and regional administrations, but in the abandonment of responsibilities by the authorities. She stressed that the report clearly points out the main cause of the crisis: nitrate discharges from agriculture, especially from illegal holdings, which have been drowning the lagoon for many years.
The MEP has also mentioned other relevant factors, such as urban development in the area, which needs to be reviewed, as well as the plans for enlargement in eastern La Manga, which have remained hidden from public knowledge. Rodriguez highlighted the need to improve infrastructure to address urban discharges and stressed the importance of monitoring the implementation of European funds for the recovery of the Mar Menor.
In this regard, Soraya Rodríguez has called on the European Commission to ensure that the funds are used properly and recalled the reckless execution of the funds in 2021, where only 10 % of them were invested. She stressed that decisive political action is crucial for the recovery of the Mar Menor lagoon.