BE defends suspension of tender for works to extend the breakwater in the port of Leixões – O Jornal Económico

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The Parliamentary Group of the Left Block (BE) delivered yesterday in the Assembly of the Republic a draft resolution that recommends to the Government "the suspension of the restricted competition by prior qualification for the works of extension of the outer breakwater and respective maritime accessibilities in the port of Leixões "picture. More specifically, the BE proposal is divided into three points:

  • "The suspension of the competition limited by prior qualification for the extension of the outer breakwater and maritime accessibilities of the port of Leixões until the whole process of evaluation of the works of the port of Leixões is concluded, in particular, with respect to the New Container Terminal, and its Environmental Impact Study, as well as the destination of the fishing port and all impacts are analyzed cumulatively;
  • The reopening of the public consultation process regarding these three operations, informing the population, local power of the municipalities of Porto and Matosinhos and environmental and sectoral associations of the progress of the entire process and of all the parts of the intervention, with a view to rigorous and rigorous analysis of all projects, and their impact studies, designed as a whole and not as a mere sum of the parts;
  • The inclusion in the environmental impact studies of the incidence in the municipalities and populations, beyond Matosinhos and Porto, and that could possibly be affected by the changes in the dynamics of the coast that will result from the interventions planned in the port of Leixões.

"At the beginning of February 2017, the President of the Port Administration of the Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo, SA (APDL) and the Minister of the Sea presented the Strategy for the Increase of Port Competitiveness that provides for intervention in all national ports between 2016 -2026 and around € 2.5 billion of global investment. Later in August 2017, the Council of Ministers Resolution 175/2017 of November 24, which defined the Plan of Action of the Strategy to Increase the Competitiveness of the Continent's Commercial Port Network – Horizon 2026, was approved. it is stated in the aforementioned resolution that this decision comes 'in the wake of the provisions of the National Reform Plan, presented in April 2016', begins to be contextualized in the draft resolution.

"This February presentation focused on the interventions in the port of Leixões, where the investment of 429.5 million euros is expected to be applied in the construction of the new container terminal for 14-meter funds, reconversion of the current Southern Container Terminal, increase the efficiency of the Solid and Food Bulk Terminal and the poles 1 and 2 of the Multimodal and Logistics Platform. According to what was transmitted, in 2026 this port should have a capacity of 8.2 million tons (44% more than the current one) and of another 73% in containerized cargo, "he continues.

The BE argues that "it is prudent to suspend the Limited Competition by Prior Qualification open on February 22, because the competition lasting 30 days after launch and a further 75 days for administrative decision regarding the qualification of applications by the contracting entity is based on incomplete information and non-cumulative impact assessments that have been requested and referred to by various entities and which may jeopardize the bankruptcy procedure itself and lead to additional costs for the public purse due to poor management and analysis of such important investments. "

"It is indeed undisputed that the progress of maritime transport presupposes the construction of port infrastructures that promote good navigability and that safeguard the safety of its users. However, the policies of the sea, water and soils must surely guarantee social, patrimonial and, above all, environmental sustainability, safeguarding local economies and privileging the protection of biodiversity. Moreover, it is the Government of Portugal itself which, in its National Program for Spatial Planning Policy (PNPOT), undertakes decarbonization commitments, pointing out the need, in the various territorial management instruments, to definitively reduce the exposure to risks' ", emphasize the bloquistas deputies.

"Within this intervention, there are works that have been strongly challenged by local authorities and the population, both for reasons of lack of transparency and concrete information in the process, for lack of inclusion of the results of the public consultation, and for environmental problems, public health and also impact on the local economy that the project can raise and are recognized in the studies already carried out, "warn.

"It has also been criticized for progress in the launching of tenders and commitments with the first interventions without knowing the project, and its Environmental Impact Study, of the construction of the New Container Terminal (NTC), which cumulatively will have impacts on the works recently in competition, "they add. "The statements made by APDL officials that these 'works are independent' refer to the three interventions in question (fund, breakwater and NTC) because they only make sense if it is verified that it will be justified the construction of the NTC, both economically and from an environmental point of view, and on April 2 – more than a month after the launch of the competition for the breakwater – and according to statements to Público, the APDL confirmed that the tender for the NTC Environmental Impact Study was still in the process of being launched. "

"In fact, the Evaluation Committee of the Environmental Impact Assessment Authority concluded in its opinion on the Environmental Impact Assessment (PDA) Draft Proposal that considering the various existing and planned projects in the area of ​​study, cumulativity of the resulting impacts (actual and potential, respectively) should be adequately studied and presented in the Environmental Impact Study '. In this opinion, dated February 2018, it can also be read that the lack of knowledge of relevant concrete aspects of the project limited the analysis carried out by the Evaluation Commission (CA) and its contribution to an effective identification of the aspects to be developed at headquarters of the Environmental Impact Study ", they emphasize.

The BE argues that "it is prudent to suspend the Limited Competition by Prior Qualification open on February 22, because the competition lasting 30 days after launch and a further 75 days for administrative decision regarding the qualification of applications by the contracting entity is based on incomplete information and non-cumulative impact assessments that have been requested and referred to by various entities and which may jeopardize the bankruptcy procedure itself and lead to additional costs for the public purse due to poor management and analysis of such important investments. "

Political appointments

The Board of Directors of the Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo Ports Administration (APDL) was remodeled in March 2018. For the position of president, Guilhermina Rego, until then vice-president and councilor of Education, Organization and Planning of the Municipality of Porto, led by Rui Moreira.

For its part, the three new members of the APDL Board of Directors are socialist militants. Nuno Araújo is a PS-Penafiel official and directly transferred from the post of head of the office of the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Pedro Nuno Santos (meanwhile promoted to Minister of Infrastructures and Housing), to the APDL Board of Directors. Cláudia Soutinho is a leader of the PS Porto District Federation and Joaquim Gonçalves was a PS leader and mayor in Matosinhos.



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