The Supreme Court admits the request of the Community of Murcia for precautionary measures for the decree that “cuts” the water transfer.

Tajo water transferThe Supreme Court (TS) has admitted the request of the Government of Murcia to adopt precautionary measures regarding the Decree that “cuts” the Tajo-Segura transfer, as confirmed by sources of the Autonomous Community.

It should be recalled that the President of the Government of the Region of Murcia, Fernando López Miras, warned on Wednesday that, if the precautionary suspension of the “cut” of the Tajo-Segura transfer requested by his Executive does not take place, there would be “irreparable damage for the entire Region of Murcia, and especially in the planning of planting and harvesting in the coming months, because farmers cannot risk suffering new and greater losses than those they are already suffering”.

He also stressed that this precautionary measure was “necessary to avoid damage that is difficult to reverse from the first minute”, as the cut “condemns us to ruin” and “affects the whole of society, not just agriculture”.

López Miras made these statements after meeting in the Palace of San Esteban with the president of the irrigators of the aqueduct, Lucas Jiménez, with the professor of History and Economic Institutions and director of the Chair of Water at the University of Alicante and the Diputación de Alicante, Joaquín Melgarejo, and with the director of the Euro-Mediterranean Water Institute, Paco Cabezas.

After this meeting “to advance in the defence of the interests of the Region of Murcia, Alicante, Almeria and the whole of the Spanish Levante”, the head of the regional Executive gave more details on the request for precautionary measures while the Supreme Court studies the appeal in defence of the Tajo-Segura.

Thus, the president said that the Community had requested the precautionary suspension of the new regime of ecological flows “because there is no overriding public interest that requires immediate application, but it is more than demonstrated that its application immediately generates serious economic and social damage in the Region of Murcia”.

In this sense, he recalled that the appeal against the Supreme Court seeks to “correct an opportunistic and sectarian decision that lacks any technical rigour”, and emphasised that “the more we study the Decree that cuts the aqueduct, the more it becomes clear to us that there are only political motives behind it”.

In support of its request for precautionary measures, the regional government attached a report with ten annexes representing the technical work that has been commissioned from different experts in the field.

“I am confident that they will take into account our proposals, which are much more than those of a government, and which go beyond even those rightly defended by the irrigators: they are the arguments of an entire region that is today being attacked in an unjustified manner,” said López Miras. In addition, the president pledged that “we will continue to act in a coordinated manner, shoulder to shoulder, with one voice, in defence of the aqueduct”. The aim is “for Justice to listen to the voice of the people of Murcia”, for which “we will exhaust all avenues”.

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