Until yesterday it seemed that the legislation of ecocide ended up in the hands of Antonio Luengo as Minister of Agriculture (he also, we fear, to his regret, of the Environment) debatable and astonishing of achieving the near destruction of environmental organs Autonomous community taking into account the merit. To date, the government, which claims administrative and environmental simplification, leaves the complete collapse to companies and citizens and, above all, to the protection of our natural environment. But we are wrong: President López Miras has decided to remove Luengo from the competition and create a new, and more socially attractive, Ministry of the Environment, Mar Menor, University and Research.
During his tenure in environmental affairs, Councilor Luengo has earned the reputation of being the political leader, alone or in the company of others, who has caused the greatest disruption of environmental affairs in recent times. And if the year 2022 has been bleak in this regard, 2023 begins with a clarion call to overcome it and itself to be remembered as the worst-case scenario in terms of political management of the Mercian environment. The new councillor, Juan Maria Vazquez Rojas, the veterinarian, university professor and senator to whom we give the government the traditional (ugh) 100 days to enact necessary change in environmental matters, must demonstrate that the new council has Will not build is a product of election marketing and yes, a revision of the totality of the past disaster.
The organization of the environmental apparatus of the Ministry of Agriculture and many others has become famous for the indifference with which the regional government treats it. Let’s not forget that both the General Directorate of the Natural Environment and the Directorate of Mar Menor have been operating for months without directors in command. And remember that in view of the state of technical blockade, those responsible for these directorates and the Department of the Environment have requested, on several occasions, through all official and unofficial means, the immediate recruitment of personnel, even through press releases. Leaking documents in the form of
Given the absence of political leadership, Luengo, as always, decided to look the other way, so that the powers and responsibility of these directives would still be assumed by General Secretary Victor Manuel Martínez, former spokesperson of the government party. Martínez, the appointed candidate for mayor of Santomera, has limited himself to not directing anything or showing any notable support, perhaps knowing his political fate, adopting the role of a silent accomplice in this internal destruction of the council. Obviously, since he was made a municipal candidate, his efforts are dedicated to municipal politics and these problems do not seem to bother him at all.
In practice, given this situation of misgovernance and lack of resources, the environmental departments of the Community of Murcia work thanks to the personal commitment of some officials, a significant part of them interim, who leave their skin day after day. give what appears to be the standard of their political leaders. And it is difficult to work in these conditions.
If there was any ray of hope, to add to the more difficulties and as a gift from the Kings to the Mercian environment, Counselor Luengo wanted to add the finishing touches by firing out a large portion of the technicians who prevented their blockade. . Consultation in 2022. Since the beginning of the year, nine professionals from various environmental disciplines have been placed and at least fourteen more will be placed in the coming months. Undoubtedly, the new Minister of Environment, Mar Menor, Universities and Research has the first dossier, and no less, when his appointment becomes effective: to provide the General Environmental Directorates with sufficient personnel so that nature is protected To be effective and to participate in unfolding all the possibilities of the 2030 Agenda (the first of which has not been enabled in this case by any previous director).
The personnel who were dismissed or about to be dismissed were hired in a suspicious, irregular manner, as has been the practice in general environmental directorates since historical times. Indefinite contracts, for a few months, with frequent layoffs and long periods of unattended work. These are the real bottlenecks, the root cause of the myriad of congestion issues with files and hard drives. Labor practices which lead to the collapse of any company in the private sector or, as the case may be, the apparent collapse of any public administration.
These exercises on Pyrrhic servants facing historical neglect are especially worrying in the economic and climate landscape in which we find ourselves, which does not impress those who govern. Of course, it is not urgent to rebuild what has been destroyed, but it is imperative to allocate sufficient resources to the environmental system, such that it seems necessary to double or perhaps triple the number of environmental technicians to achieve a minimum quality. This area that is intended for modern.
These are the true tables of Councilor Luengo, already incompetent in environmental matters. Obstacles are the planned and deliberate inefficiency of the administration. Tell the citizen that the registry in which he submits his request, his project or his environmental proposal has almost no one behind it and almost nothing because of the abandonment of political action.
Unfortunately, the true image of the Murcia region, today, is that of systematic non-compliance with deadlines and environmental commitments; For larger issues but also for citizens and companies. Tell me with what face does our President and new Minister of Environment, Mar Menor, Universities and Research claim alleged rights or benefits from the State or the EU when their cover letter is systematic and deliberate environmental non-compliance, deadline in the fall and lack of budget execution.
These are real environmental barriers, those that paralyze processing in the region of Murcia and those that prevent access to resources and financial mechanisms, that confuse us. They can accept the diktat of such simplification but they forget that without environment there is neither future nor development. Let’s hope that the announced changes in the structure of the government of the Region of Murcia are useful for something and not to fill the front pages of newspapers or start radio or television newscasts.