The PAN spokeswoman, Inês de Sousa Real, this Tuesday accused the minister of the Environment of being the “minister of pigs”, considering that “it seems more” that he puts on “the clothes of the economy”, and reiterated the need for a government reshuffle.
“The Minister of the Environment cannot be what he has been until now, an authentic minister of swine production, a minister who closes his eyes to what is also a need to protect the environment and which, to the detriment of this, seems more like, over and over again. , puts on the clothes of the economy,” stated Inês de Sousa Real.
The leader of People-Animals-Nature was speaking in Leiria, at the end of the party’s first parliamentary days, under the motto of “Break the point of no return, action to respond to the climate crisis”, where she visited the Mata Nacional de Leiria, in Ribeira dos Milagres and in the municipal kennel.
For Inês de Sousa Real, minister João Pedro Matos Fernandes, who oversees the Environment and Climate Action, should “look at what is the challenge in his hands, the highest responsibility, not only for the country, but also for the planet, lock the point of no return”.
Before, the deputy also considered that “the Government’s inaction has been quite clear” in environmental matters.
“We cannot continue to have the country loot from north to south and islands in environmental matters, from the greenhouses on the Costa Vicentina to the solar panels that are now being installed, destroying everything that is groves or, as we have seen right here in Leiria, pig farms that continue to discharge their effluents without any kind of control, in a real country without kings or castles”, he continued.
Referring to Ribeira dos Milagres, a recurrent target of polluting discharges attributed to pig farms, Inês de Sousa Real stated that the PAN wants “cleaner streams, more protected and cleaner rivers, and this is not consistent with the total absence of public policy in environmental matters, not only in the recovery of these ecosystems, but also in stopping the installation of illegal livestock farms that exist throughout the country and which are in no way either inspected or controlled”.
For the PAN spokesperson, “it is fundamental, once and for all”, for the country to have “a policy of both the environment, animal protection and public health, interconnected and transversal to the various ministries”.
“Having the ministries back to each other and back to the interests of the population is something that cannot happen in our country”, he defended, insisting on the need for “a reshuffle in the Government that approaches what the the real concerns of the people and the real concerns of the 21st century, combating climate action and having a more empathetic policy towards people and also towards other beings who share the planet.
In December 2020, the minister admitted that a swine effluent treatment plant will not be built in Leiria, due to a lack of commitment to businessmen in the sector.
“The solution for a large WWTP [estação de tratamento de águas residuais] proves to be an inefficient solution, which will require a large investment”, he said, noting that “the problem is not in the investment, but in the guarantee and commitment of those who produce effluents to take them to this same WWTP, because there is no sewerage system”.
On Friday, the PAN spokesperson criticized the position of the minister of Internal Administration in relation to the accident involving the vehicle in which he was following that killed a person, and defended its replacement, together with other ministers.
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