• Water Irrigators and politicians cry out in Madrid against the cuts in the Tajo-Segura transfer: "It is a death sentence"


Council of State

has finally endorsed the cut in the Tajo-Segura transfer proposed by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, and which had been strongly opposed by the

Valencian Community






Minister Teresa Ribera, in alliance with the interests of Castilla-La Mancha and its president, Emiliano García-Page, also a socialist, thus achieved a favorable opinion on her Draft Royal Decree approving the revision of hydrological plans , including that of the


, which could now end up in court.

Government sources confirm that the opinion of the Council of State supports the so-called "ecological flow" of the Tagus, "in line with European approaches and with the five sentences handed down by the

Supreme Court

" in relation to the controversy over the transfer and supply of water to Levantine communities.

The decision, if it is assumed by the Executive -the opinions of the Council of State are mandatory but not binding- would imply that the flow of the river at the headwaters goes from the current 6.1 cubic meters to the second to 7 until, progressively, reaching to 10 cubic meters per second in 2027. In practice, this will mean a reduction of 100 cubic hectometres per year in the water that reaches Alicante and Murcia.

Hence, the Generalitat Valenciana does not rule out, much less go to court.

This was announced after a bitter battle with the Ministry, which the Government of Ximo Puig accuses of changing what was approved at the meeting of

the National Water Council

on November 29 at the last minute.

According to the Valencian version, which the Ministry denies, the document was later modified behind its back to eliminate a clause - the ninth additional provision - which, in practice, would allow the transfer of water to the Spanish southeast territories.

What he was saying was that the increase in ecological flows -with the consequent reduction in transferred water- should be linked to the quality of the river water and not be immovable.

Ribera's movement, which in the Consell was seen as an affront by leaving Puig in a weak situation, led to the presentation of allegations to the document before the Council of State, as did Murcia and Andalusia.

In the case of

the Generalitat Attorney's Office

, the "defects that occurred in the processing of the project" that could be "determinants of full nullity" were underlined.

The Valencian government, therefore, does not renounce the judicial battle, although Ximo Puig has insisted this Thursday that the path of dialogue will not be abandoned either.

And this despite the fact that the Consell has justified its allegations in the violation by the Ministry of "the principles of legal certainty, legitimate trust and institutional loyalty".

An attack that, by the way, caused discomfort in



The Valencian PP, which has its stronghold in Alicante -where the regions most dependent on the transfer are located- has not been slow to react.

According to its president, Carlos Mazón, we are facing "the greatest hack in history of the Tajo-Segura", in addition to which he has accused the Valencian president of "not having done anything to prevent it".

"He is a president who abstains and his facts give him away", he stated in relation to the abstention of the Generalitat in the vote of the National Water Council.

"Puig is no longer believed by anyone," Mazón insisted.

Actually, the approval of the Council of State to the plans of the Ministry of Ribera was already expected.

In any case, now it will have to be the

Council of Ministers

, at its meeting next Tuesday, that definitively approves the cut, which will mean the death sentence for the Tajo-Segura transfer and a new edition of the water war.

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