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Ayuntamiento also to initiate proceedings for declaration of Loreto fireworks as "Fiesta de Interés Turístico"

Friday 29th August 2014

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The Ayuntamiento de Xàbia held its monthly regular meeting for August last night with the ongoing saga with oil exploration in the Gulf of Valencia taking centre stage after it was discovered that unauthorised surveys had already been carried out more than a year ago. The Council unanimously approved a motion to demands answers from the Government. In addition, and just hours after the sad cancellation of the Loreto fireworks, a motion was approved to apply for a special status for the display which will return in 2015. Finally, a motion was approved against the reform of the local electoral law announced by the Government earlier this month.

Councillor Antonio Miragall presented a document in which the municipality expresses alarm after learning that unauthorised hydrocarbon surveys were conducted near the Balearic island of Ibiza in April 2013. The revelation was exposed by various media and the protest group 'BALEARS DIU NO' who claimed that no official explanation had been received. The Ayuntamiento de Xàbia, which has already made its position known and is very much against any action that endangers the coast for ecological, environmental and tourism reasons, has agreed to ask the Government about this apparent unauthorised exploration act. The motion, unanimously adopted, is to ask what control measures the Government has in place and what environmental impact the surveys may have had. It also reiterates Jávea's outright rejection of the search for oil in the Gulf of Valencia and the Balearic Islands and demands an immediate halt to the project. Finally, the motion demands a meeting at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism to address the issue and stop it while there are no agreements with the tourism sectors and with local and regional institutions. The motion was approved unanimously.

In the wake of the disappointment of the cancellation of this year's iconic firework display which traditionally brings an end to the festivities of Mare Déu de Loreto on September 8th, the 'Compromís' party filed a motion to initiate procedures to have the display declared as a 'Fiesta de Interés Turístico' which is an honourary distinction given to festivals or events held in Spain that offer real interest from the tourism perspective. It was accepted by all parties.

A third motion against the reform of the local electoral law announced by the Government presented by the PSPV party was also approved. The Government, led by Mariano Rajoy (PP), has recently announced that they would reform local electoral law which would allow for a party obtaining at least 40% of the vote and a 5-point margin over the second most voted party to win an outright majority of seats in the local councils, with no second round being possible in any case. The proposal has been criticized, especially by the centre-left PSOE party, since it would benefit the cetre-right PP party in areas where the left vote would be divided, preventing left-wing coalitions from taking control of many local councils. Councillors from the PSPV, Compromís and independent councillors Juan Planells, Antonio Torres, Rosa Cardona and José Juan Castelló voted for the motion whilst those from the PP voted against. Councillors from Ciudadanos por Jávea, Xàbia Democrática and individuals José Luis Genovés (PP) and Belén Quiroga (Nueva Jávea) abstained.

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