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The Generalitat demands money from Pedro Sánchez for the stigmatized neighborhood of La Mina in Barcelona

The Generalitat tries to get the Executive of Pedro Sánchez to invest to unblock the operation to relocate dozens of residents of La Mina and demolish the most ramshackle block in the neighborhood, in the humble suburbs of Barcelona. The plan to demolish the building of the Venus street and displacing its inhabitants is budgeted at about 29 million euros. The Government wants to guarantee them before the autonomous elections, scheduled for February 14. A sentence from Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia in June reprimanded the “inactivity” of the members of the La Mina Consortium (Generalitat, Provincial Council and city councils of Barcelona and Sant Adrià de Besòs) to materialize a key reform for the neighborhood, planned since 2002, and free the residents from the degradation in which they live.

Administrations were scheduled to approve the project in October, but it remains pending. The delay was coupled with the removal of the former secretary of Social affairs of the Generalitat for the crisis of aid to the self-employed and interlocutor of those affected by Venus, Francesc Iglà © sies. The setbacks rekindled pessimism among those who settle in the 244-story building, where poverty extends to more than half of the homes, deterioration has been embodied in leaks and blackouts and drug marketing is suffered in silence .

The Secretary General for Labor and Social Affairs of the Generalitat, Oriol Amorós, promises that the Government will ratify the agreement for relocation and demolition “between December and January.” “Just after the elections it would be more difficult,” predicts the senior official, who emphasizes that the institutions are “committed to the plan moving forward, but the State is lacking.”

Madrid has not intervened so far in the long and incomplete remodeling of La Mina. Amorós postulates that government must participate with funds from Housing Plan, because “contributions are needed for a very complex performance like that of Venus.” Difficulties include where relocate those affected, given that the homes that were built to move a decade ago have been granted to applicants for social housing or remain squatted since a plot was uncovered to pay the head of a clan linked to drug trafficking in exchange for watch empty homes.

“We could cover the cost, but very to the limit”, senses Amorós, who also asks the State for money to rehabilitate buildings in La Mina. The Generalitat does not specify what amount it is claiming. Other sources claim that it is around six million euros to complete about 24 million already approved for the operation Venus. In any case, Amorós adds that the certification is awaited that the Barcelona City Council will transfer its contribution to the neighborhood that it promoted half a century ago to concentrate inhabitants from barracks. The Consistory announced almost a year ago that it will allocate 7.5 million.

If the blockade persists, the fifty residents who defeated the institutions in the TSJC will try to unblock the project by requesting that the sentence that forces to resume the procedures to demolish the block be carried out. However, the decree that declares the firmness of the resolution is missing and then wait two months to present the petition, it states Mariona Torra, lawyer for Collective Ronda representing the plaintiffs.

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